5 Books That Will Inspire You To Try Something New

Winter, aka the longest season of my existence, makes it very easy to fall into a rut. It’s easy to get up, wrap myself in 63 layers, go to work, go to Trader Joe’s, come home, and…well, go to sleep. It’s cold, y’all! But I’m feeling like spring is the opportunity to really DO IT. Ya know? Don’t you just have that gut feeling that you’ve been so cold for so long that now you’ve got to spring into action? Yes? YES!

Ok, breathing deeply and calming down.

We all have these bouts of pent-up energy. Maybe you also get frozen for months on end, then need to accomplish all the things immediately. Or maybe you’ve just gotten into a non-seasonal rut. A rut of whatever else is going on in your lfie. That’s ok, friend. Now you have energy, YAY! Or maybe you don’t and you’re looking for it. Either way, I’ve got five books that are sure to inspire you to try something new, be productive, and get it (whatever it is) done.

1. The Man Who Ate Everything

I would like to clarify that I am not telling you that eating everything is the “it” that you should be accomplishing. Jeffrey Steingarten, the author of the book and the “man” mentioned in the title, discusses the foods people are “afraid of,” eating habits of different cultures, how food is made around the world, and all sorts of other food history and science and cookbooky type stuff. Even if you aren’t a hardcore foodie, this will might just encourage you to expand your tastebuds. Who knows, you just may like it.

2. Wild

OK, if you don’t want to expand your tastebuds, you can hike thousands of miles. Hmmm that first option is looking a little better now, isn’t it? Bad exercise jokes aside, this book will ROCK YOUR WORLD. A women who felt like she didn’t have anything accomplished something amazing. Not only did she live to tell the tale, but she grew and evolved from it.

I’m getting hyped just thinking about it. Set a new, outlandish goal for yourself. But then, you’ve got to take that first step on whatever you’ve deemed your Pacific Coast Trail. YAY TEAM!

3. The Help

Maybe what you need to do is something a little more community centered. Maybe what you need to try is speaking up for what you believe in. As Skeeter learns in The Help, (the gal who is played by Emma Stone, for those of you who have seen the movie), there are so many people with valuable stories to share.

IF you don’t already, finding people in your community who need your voice to advocate for them is 100% something to do that you can be proud of.

4. The Power of Positive Thinking

Positive thinking is the most underrated thing. Even if you think you’re a positive person (which could very well be the case), having a very smarty pants doctor explain to you the legit benefits of changing your lil’ tude might just blow your mind and encourage you to write so many affirmations on sticky notes. I suggest the lime green ones.

5. The Defining Decade

I came into my apartment the first week of my senior year of college to see my roommate reading this. While I thought her reading it was great, it wasn’t until I was taken out of my happy little college world (Lope Land really is like a year round summer camp, y’all) that I realized how flippin’ weird your twenties really are. Some of my friends are having babies, some are in their third college degree, and I personally try not to get hit by a taxi cab…daily. We’re all in a weird place, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. No matter where we are in life, we can always grow.

Are you sooooo stoked to read all of these cool books now? I sure hope so. Your rut is not forever, maybe you just need a little push to get out of it.

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