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Gain new perspective with these life-affirming, career-changing books

Updated: Mar 23



Who doesn't love curling up with a good book? Here are our top picks for moms looking for some inspiration or motivation this season.

What It Takes: How I Built a $100 Million Business Against the Odds by Raegan Moya-Jones

Raegan Moya-Jones is the co-founder of Aden + Anais, a company that brought the first muslin baby swaddles to America. Working a corporate job and with no prior entrepreneurial experience, Raegan started her company from her kitchen table.

In her book, Moya-Jones shares the story of why she decided to become an entrepreneur. Pregnant with her first daughter Anais, Moya-Jones was searching for muslin swaddles that Australian mothers traditionally wrap their babies in. Shocked that her search came up empty, she set out to fill this gap herself.

Her story is captivating. She is brutally honest about lessons along the way, with topics like mom guilt, running out of money and butting heads with investors.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our time. She is the first-ever African American First Lady and helped create the most inclusive and diverse White House in American history.

She shares her idyllic childhood in great detail, opening a window into what it was like growing up in the south side of Chicago, in a middle-class family. Becoming is also revelatory to what a First Lady essentially is. The role comes without a job description and Michelle Obama chronicles her time at the White House with honesty, wit and wisdom. She speaks candidly about how her husband’s decision to run for office in 2007 changed their lives completely.

Michelle Obama’s memoir is mesmerizing, as she reflects deeply on both the small and monumental moments in her life. Becoming is a story of how Michelle Robinson became Michelle Obama, and who she is still becoming.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

CNN calls this ‘one of the most influential books of the decade’. Hailed as the new guru of tidiness, Marie Kondo takes organization to a whole new level. The real goal behind tidying is to be calm and happy by creating a different lifestyle once your house is in order. Once you have ‘detoxed’ your house of excess possessions and organized what you have, you can reflect and reassess your life. She says “in essence, tidying ought to be the act of restoring balance among people, their possessions and the house they live in”.

Kondo outlines the KonMarie method in her book, which is a revolutionary system of purging and sorting your possessions category-by-category. In her book, she says there are only two main reasons we can’t let go of material possessions: “an attachment to the past or a fear of the future”. When purging, ask yourself if an items ‘sparks joy’ in you – if it doesn’t, then let go of it.

Kondo insists that none of her clients rebound because as you reduce your possessions, you will find the right amount that suits your life.

Yes, You Can Do This! How Women Start Up, Scale Up, and Build The Life They Want by Claudia Reuter

Claudia Reuter, currently the GM of Techstars and ​recognized by the Boston Business Journal as a 2016 Women to Watch in Science and Technology, left a promising corporate career to raise her two children. She realized there are subtle perception issues that women who become mothers face, making it more difficult for them to land positions at the same level – a very real ‘Motherhood Penalty’.

Reuter felt forced to explain away the gap in her resume, which was often perceived as a gap in ambition. She decided that rather than fighting the corporate structure, she would start her own business and achieve success on her terms. In her book, Reuter shares her entrepreneurial journey and encourages other women to start their own businesses to live life by their rules.

Yes, You Can Do This! fills the reader with inspiration and encouragement. It shares real examples and practical resources that women can use to leap into entrepreneurship. Reuter’s book helps readers develop their vision, turn perceived weaknesses into strengths, and balance family life and careers to avoid burnout.

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