My Favorite Self Development Books I Read in 2018


If you think self help books are lame – this book will completely change your mind. Jen Sincero writes in such a down to earth and relatable way that all of those pre-conceved notions will go right out the window. She guides you with personal stories but doesn’t fluff it up too much to the point where you think it’s a memoir. (Cough cough Rachel Hollis cough cough) I recommend reading this book at the beginning of every year.




I mean….everyone loves Brene Brown. She’s amazing. She sings to my heart. Brene has several books including The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Dare to Lead, etc. This book in particular helped me get over some pretty big hurdles inside. It mainly  helped me forgive some people who I was truly convinced I’d never be able to reconcile with. If you want to learn to be a better and happier human, read this book.




I could not put this book down. Not only is Shonda Rhimes an amazing writer in general but her story is so inspiring. Although she has one of the most successful careers in the country, she realized she said “No” to literally everything that scared her and that it was holding her back from fully living her life. In this book she discusses her full year of saying YES to anything and everything that scared her and what that did for her life. It’s so motivating and heartwarming to read. There’s a journal that goes along with it too so you can go on the same journey as her!


Happy reading!



Self care. Self Flare.


Published by Kelly Tietjen

Chicago gal offering my own take on self development, creativity, mental health and more.

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