Essentialism by Greg McKeown

This book changed the way I think of my days. It caused me to re-evaluate what is essential in my life. If you feel like your day is constantly go-go-go, then you will enjoy this book. It’s great common sense that is easy to apply in your day to day life. Greg McKeown breaks the book into 4 parts: Essence, Explore, Eliminate, and Execute. My favorite is in Eliminate and discusses the power of a graceful “no.” It’s a lesson that I’m incorporating as I am learning ┬ánot to overextend myself . In today’s world, it’s so easy to say “yes” to everything. No wonder most of us feel overwhelmed, unproductive, etc. Learning to say “no” creates more space and allows for more focus on the purpose.

Friendly warning: my colleague, Shelby, says she read this book in 2 days – she enjoyed it that much. Enjoy!



Integrity by Dr. Henry Cloud

I wish I had read this book when I was in high school or college. It is a great compilation of the ways you should handle yourself. Its meant for business – but I think it’s also great advice for your personal life. Dr. Cloud has 6 criteria for having integrity – establishing trust, oriented toward truth, getting results, embracing the negative, oriented toward increase and transcendence. Through great every day examples, Dr. Cloud shows the true meaning of integrity.