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The 5 Best Books To Read In A Tough Transition

Many are experiencing a transition of some sort as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic: working from home, losing a job, children not being in school, inability to see family and friends, losing a loved one, etc. With extra time at home, it is a good time to take stock, and if you’re experiencing a difficult transition, know you’re far from alone. Below are a list of books from people who have not only lived through difficult transitions but thrived as a result them, and some books from researchers and academics giving you data-based tools to help you through this strange and difficult time:

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

After the death of her mother and the unraveling of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed made a big and impulsive decision: to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert all the way to Washington State. Strayed had no experience or training, just her force of will and need to work through her grief.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

The New York Times bestselling writer and blogger released her third memoir earlier this year, detailing an extraordinary time of transition: leaving her marriage with the father of her three children to be with Olympian and World Cup champion Abby Wambach. It is a detailed of account of Doyle reconciling what she was raised to believe would make her happy versus what she intuitively began to believe would make her happy and whole, and her journey to pursuing a more honest, liberated life.

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The Gifts Of Imperfection by Brené Brown

World famous research professor and New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown penned this researched based guide to what she terms, “wholehearted living.” And the only we achieve a wholehearted life is by summoning the courage to be vulnerable. Now more than ever we need to practice self-compassion and cultivate feelings of self-worth to make way for self-discovery, personal growth and love.

Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness and Well-Being by Shawn Achor

The New York Times bestselling author champions self-improvement and achieving goals by helping others in a world that increasingly revolves around individual achievement. Achor provides examples from his work around the world illustrating that like happiness and new levels of potential are reached when you surround yourself with the right people.

Becoming by Michelle Obama  

The former first lady titled her memoir Becoming because, “My journey is the journey of always continually evolving,” she explained in a conversation with Oprah Winfrey. The former first lady has experienced several big transitions: leaving her magnet high school to attend an ivy league school, leaving a corporate law job to working for the city of Chicago, becoming a working mom and of course becoming the first lady. She discusses her difficulties and doubts in a frank and humorous way, and reassures her readers, especially young people, that they are worthy, and as long as they believe in themselves they can overcome any obstacle.

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