Reading about the topic of self-love has always been the best way I have learned about my own personal limiting believes and have been able to grow and expand my goals, outlook, and perspectives.
I reached out to an amazing blogger whos blog has inspired me in so many ways. Lecy from A Simpler Grace. I asked Lecy to share with us her favorite books that have taught her about self-love in her own life. Get out a pen because you might want to add these to your summer reading list.
Hi! I’m Lecy and I write over at A Simpler Grace, a lifestyle blog focused on simple living, making the little moments count and exploring our creative passions. I’m so grateful to Steph for opening up her blog to me today so that I could share about a few of my favorite topics – books and self-love!
Self-love has never come easy for me. I grew up with a lot of pressure on me from an early age and I’ve always been extremely critical of myself. I have a type-A personality and hold myself to very high standards that are often times impossible to meet and that leaves me vulnerable to the opposite of self-love, self-loathing. Throughout the course of my life, I’ve hated my reflection in the mirror, my body, my voice, my personality, my work performance, etc. The list goes on and on. It wasn’t until recently that I actually started to feel a little better about these things and about myself in general.
The idea of self-love is easily misconstrued, especially in the era of Instagram. It is often thought of as self-obsession, conceitedness, and arrogance. I know this to be true because I believed this when I first heard the term coined. What it really means is to accept and appreciate yourself – exactly as you are at this moment.
When I was researching this topic several years ago, I noticed there were tons of books about self-love in the self-help aisle at the bookstore and while these kinds of books are very useful and are loved by millions of readers, they’ve never appealed to me. Personally, I get more out of hearing about someone’s personal experiences. This is when I turned to my own bookshelf and realized I already had just what I was looking for – the three books that taught me about self-love.
This is the memoir of Strayed’s eleven-hundred-mile solo hike along the entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail and the story of the rebuilding of her shattered life with each step. On her journey, she wrestles with every painful memory in her life, every inner demon and emerges on the other side having learned that she was a lot stronger than she ever gave herself credit for. While reading this book, you will fight through every step with her and come out of it feeling like you can rule the world.
You might remember the name Eve Ensler from a little play called “The Vagina Monologues.” “The Good Body” is the narrative of the spin-off play about a woman’s body and how it is mistreated and slandered, all in the name of vanity and for the idea of beauty. I’ve read the book and listened to the audiobook several times and Eve’s powerful words will make every woman rethink how she views her own body.
The story of Liz Gilbert’s one-year trip across the world to spend several months each in Italy, India, and Bali in search of herself after her marriage ends. In each country, she learns to find appreciation in food, companionship, connection with her spirituality and find love again. If you’ve ever felt like you have lost who you were, this book will empower you to start the journey to find yourself again.
I hope you enjoyed hearing about the three books that taught me about self-love. I’d love to know if you’ve ever read these and also which books on the topic you would recommend!
Lecy is the writer, photographer and creative behind the lifestyle blog, A Simpler Grace. There, she shares her love of Jesus, yoga, books, food, simple living and creativity. She lives in West Virginia, where she is a freelance writer. In her spare time, she loves curling up with a big mug of tea and a thick book, cooking for her large family and spending time with the love of her life.
Blog link: https://asimplergrace.blogspot.com/