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My Top Reads of 2021

I didn't get quite as much reading time as I had hoped for in 2021 but I did read some great books. I was very focused on personal growth in 2021 so I read quite a few books in that genre but also some fun reads too. Here's a list of my top 10 favorites (in no particular order).

High Performance Habits by Brendan Burchard This book really helped me answer the question "are my daily habits in line with my goals?" From there I was able to evaluate, assess, and make needed changes. I also enjoy his podcast. It is high energy and very motivating.

Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey. A great read for your vacation! This book will make you cry, laugh, and then cry happy tears as you keep on turning each page. Be sure to check out The Peachtree Bluff series too!

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield This is an oldie but it is still so great and relevant. It centers around taking full responsibility for your life. It keeps the focus on positivity and has helped me gain so much confidence in who I am and what my purpose is.

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren I actually read this before I read The Success Principles and it was great having a sense of purpose when I began Canfield's book. The Purpose Driven Life really had me reflect inward on who I am and who I want to be and helped me let go of a lifetime of fulfilling the expectations of others. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey. What a life he has lived! I always enjoy hearing about people's own journey and this one did not disappoint. And if you are an Audible kind of person, he narrates it himself. The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard This book really helped me channel my own story and experiences and be able to articulate them and use them towards my purpose and achieving my goals.

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John Maxwell This book also made me do a lot of internal reflection and helped me turn my energy into intentionality, discipline, and expanding myself and what I am capable of. Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller As someone that has spent my career focused on the financial side of business in a fairly high capacity accounting role, this book helped me simplify branding for myself personally as well as for my small business clients. The resounding premise over and over was clarity! The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris I have always been engrossed by books about the holocaust. And a beautiful love story amid the atrocities of the holocaust made for a read that I could not put down but left me doing a lot of reflection when I did.

And last, but certainly not least is the Bible. It was a 2021 goal of mine to read the entire Bible. While I do still have a little bit to go, I have stayed on track all year following this Reading Plan. I simply added it to my morning journal and devotional time and it has been the perfect addition. I was worried this would be an overwhelming task but it has been the opposite.

I can't wait to dive into some new reads over the holidays and in 2022! Keep growing! Keep telling stories! Keep learning new things!

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