September is the New January: 4 Books to Inspire and Accelerate You to Your Best #Badass Life

Maybe it’s because I have spent the better part of my life in or around school, but my mind just visualizes September as the start of the calendar year. Every September I am overwhelmed by the desire to purchase new notebooks, sharpened pencils, scented markers and BOOKS!  As the long, hot days of August wind down and it feels too hot to exercise, diet or do anything remotely purposeful, I begin to promise myself that after Labor Day I’ll be filled with possibility and determination - and thus begin to create full-to-overflowing lists of things I want to try and do.  If you agree, then I think you’ll find some books on this list to inspire and accelerate you to your best #badass life!


 

With three children at home and three hit television shows, it was easy for Shonda to say she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, over Thanksgiving dinner, her sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything. Shonda knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her.

This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her. The book chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.


Ever find yourself stuck at the office-or even just glued to the couch-when you really want to get out (for once), get to the gym (at last), and get started on that "someday" project you're always putting off? It's time to get your sh*t together.

 

In The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, "anti-guru" Sarah Knight introduced readers to the joys of mental decluttering. This book takes you one step further--organizing the f*cks you want and need to give and cutting through the bullsh*t cycle of self-sabotage to get happy and stay that way.


Are you where you want to be professionally? Whether you want to advance faster at your present company, change jobs, or make the jump to a new field entirely, Reinventing You provides a step-by-step guide to help you assess your unique strengths, develop a compelling personal brand, and ensure that others recognize the powerful contribution you can make. Branding expert Dorie Clark mixes personal stories with engaging interviews and examples from Mark Zuckerberg, Al Gore, Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, and others to show you how to think big about your professional goals, take control of your career, and finally live the life you want.

 


The Happiness Project describes Gretchen Rubin’s year-long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment. Drawing at once on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world applicability, Rubin has written an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation.

Gina Warner