* This list will be updated periodically as things change in my rotation. I'd love to hear your recommendations! ~ Sharon Lee
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
I've been wanting to read this book for a very long time. I didn't even want to borrow it from the library because I knew that I'd mark it up and treasure it forever. My most recent post, Why Finding your Passion is Overrated was inspired by one of the key concepts in this book. Elizabeth approaches creativity from a spirited, respectful and open perspective, inspiring you to honor your creativity. Creativity is given its own persona in this book and should it grace you with its presence, you better capture it and run. If you're looking to be inspired, or even if you're just interested in the topic, this one is a must read!
Next On My List
The Career Code by Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr, founders of Who What Wear
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - this is a recommendation by my psychotherapist husband. It looks a little dense and "scientific", but I can't tell you how many times he has looked up at me from reading and said "I love this book."
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Please put this as #1 on your reading list if you haven't read it already. Then buy it for anyone you care about and seek opportunities to be a part of the change. Sheryl and Nicholas take us through the stories of extraordinary women who are struggling to survive in parts of Africa and Asia, some being sold into sex slavery and others being subject to traumatizing events that leave them angry, scarred, sad yet determined. Nicholas and Sheryl beautifully and fiercely tell the story of how a small gesture of help can transform the lives of many women and girls abroad and what women can do when given just a little bit. You will see that by helping women globally is helping fight poverty globally. See a link to Sheryl's TED talk below and here. Also, something I'd like to eventually do with the community we build from Love, Sunday, is to start a fundraising project to lend to those on Kiva.org, a micro finance lending group. Please check out their story!
Pop and Banter is a podcast hosted by two incredible working women and moms Becca and Tiffany. This duo talks about all things #girlboss on a very realistic and down to earth level, which makes their content relatable to most. This podcast is a breath of fresh air amongst the many out there and I'm so glad I found it!
Not by Accident Podcast by Sophie Harper. I have been in love with this podcast since I heard the first two episodes on Strangers (another favorite). This podcast is independently produced by the narrator and storyteller herself, Sophie Harper, a 38 year old (at that time) single gay woman who was brave enough to recognize that she wanted to conceive a child and that she was willing to do it on her own. True leadership in the making. Listen as Sophie takes you thru the process, the reactions of friends, family and colleagues, her fears and her joys.
StartUp Podcast from Gimlet Media. Listen from the beginning. This is a podcast about what it's really like to start a business. I really loved this podcast!
The Lively Show with Jess Lively. Jess interviews entrepreneurs, bloggers and professionals working with passion for a purpose they believe in. This podcast gives you insight into the lives of those living out their intentions daily. ** Jess recently read Love, Sunday's question on The Lively Show! Listen to hear the best advice Jess ever received - it's a really good one! (Episode 149).
Be Amplified with Bri Seely and Thais Guimaraes. This is a fairly new podcast by two Los Angeles based coaches. I am really enjoying the vibe of this duo. They are intensely passionate individuals and I am loving getting to see how they play out their current mission. I'm stoked for their most recent episode, an interview with Sarah Kaler for SoulPowered.
Strangers with Lea Thau. Storytelling at its finest. Lea Thau tells the stories of strangers and their unique circumstances in a way that makes you feel like you are forever friends.
I love almost all of Marie Forleo's videos, updated weekly. Check out her interviews with Elizabeth Gilbert, Kris Carr and Tony Robbins.
I'm also a huge fan of TED talks. I really enjoyed these: Money can buy happiness, Why we have too few women leaders, The key to success? Grit and Our century's greatest injustice, just to name a few (very few).
Also, please check out Claudia Chan's YouTube channel. Claudia is the founder of S.H.E. Summit and is a powerhouse in women's empowerment in media.
Aside from my go to websites for news and celebrity gossip (think theSkimm, The New York Times, The Daily Mail, The Huffington Post and People) I also love sites geared towards inspiring working women and women on the move like A Cup of Jo, The Everygirl, IvankaTrump.com, Upperlyne & Co. and of course, Levo.com. Oh, not to forget - I absolutely love The New Potato, The World through the Lens of Food.
For health and wellness related sites, I've been obsessed lately with Simple Green Smoothies, which provides some kick-ass free content, Joyous Health and I've been a huge fan of Wellness Mama for a long time.
Do you have any books, podcasts, videos, websites, whatever, to share? Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org! I'd love to check it out.
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