Here are some books I’ve loved, that have contributed to the profession and person that I’ve become. In no particular order:

Better than Before, by Gretchen Rubin — A fantastic look at building and keeping habit. This book gave me the tools to become someone who writes nearly every day.

This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live, by Melody Warnick — I’m no stranger to living places I don’t love, and this book gives some practical tools and tips for finding things to love in places that make it difficult.

tiny beautiful things: Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar, by Cheryl Strayed — I give this book to anyone who is struggling, and I’m a firm believer that it should be on everyone’s shelves, and re-read every 1-2 years. Cheryl Strayed comes to some tough questions with such compassion and grace, and her answers, while sometimes hard to read, offer wisdom and love hand-in-hand. The world is better with this book in it.

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down, by Haemin Sunim — Meditations, essays, and quotes written and collected by a Korean Buddhist monk and meditation teacher. I recommend reading it as the book tells you to, bit by bit, so you really focus on and digest the content within.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo — I found this book while also starting my journey into minimalism and capsule wardrobes, and it helped me get my life in check. I’m not fault free, but I do use it to declutter when the stuff starts to overwhelm my apartment.