Breathe. You are enough.

I love Oprah. I love the topic of spiritual development. I devour books on living my highest self. But the more I speak to women around the world, the more I find myself wondering:

Are we being peer pressured into questioning our lives?

“Find yourself,” “Live your purpose,” “Go on the quest and search for your divine destiny.”

That’s great advice, and you should absolutely ask yourself the tough questions. Ask yourself “Am I happy? Am I truly happy with what I have and where I am?” But here’s the thing- its OK if the answer to that is “yes!”

Sometimes I worry that the heightened conversation about “purpose” tricks us into thinking we shouldn’t be content and causes us to dismiss the value of our current reality. Sure, there are women every where with big dreams and secret rooms in their soul that house their dual purpose. Notice I said “dual” not “greater.”

breatheI just want to tell you that you are enough. There seems to be a warped perception about “purpose” going on; one that says if you don’t feel pulled to go on an Eat,Pray, Love type of quest that you must be missing something. It’s tricked us into thinking that we shouldn’t be content. Ask yourself the tough questions. at least ASK. But if you never feel pulled to do anything other than love your kids, that’s enough. If you never feel pulled to do anything beyond entertaining your friends and enjoying your Sundays, that’s enough. You don’t need to be the hero to millions to be the hero of your own story. You are enough. We stop waiting for life to be extraordinary when we realize that every moment, no matter how simple or cliche, has within it the potential to be extraordinary. Every moment possesses remarkable qualities. We just have to look for them.

Whether you are climbing Everest, sitting next to Oprah, answering the phone at a local business or cooking dinner for your kids in your small suburban town, you are heroic. You’ve won, you’ve lost, you’ve learned and grown and soared. You’ve fallen and you’ve risen. You’ve felt deep recesses of pain and overflowing multitudes of love. There is an epic novel in and around our every day lives. Each of us is living a masterpiece, one that is full of raw and beautiful moments, ups and downs, adventures and obstacles, quiet victories and huge love.

If you feel called to a dual purpose, honor it, plan for it. But if you turn inward and find that you are indeed content with what you have, celebrate that. Embrace the incomparable nobility of being the best version of yourself in the life you are currently living.

You. Are. Enough.

The List That’s Changing Lives – The Books That The Gurus Are Reading!

Lady readingI’m a TOTAL book addict. I geek out on books. I have books taking over every room in my house. My heart and soul and story are wrapped around the books I’ve read and the ones I am writing. My first love is the written word. (In fact I had this “shot out of bed at 3am” lightbulb moment the other night in which I realized I had to build something new around my love of writing! So stay tuned! The muse has spoken!)

A lot of my friends are teachers of spirituality, abundance and success. As I see them soaring and manifesting all sorts of great things, I decided to ask them what books changed their lives. I wanted to know the words that were soul shifting and life changing for them. I wanted to know what books woke them up and brought them home. Below are their answers! This is THE list of books that are being read and embodied by the top experts in the spirituality and success industry.

May these words that have guided and expanded the brightest minds in the biz, do the same for you. =)

  1. The Gifts of Imperfectionby Brene Brown
  2. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  3. A Million Miles In A Thousand Years by Donald Miller
  4. A Return To Loveby Marianne Williamson
  5. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Dr. Joseph Murphy
  6. Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain
  7. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  8. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  9. The Gift by Hafiz
  10. The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte
  11. Falling Into Grace by Adyashanti
  12. The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
  13. The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
  14. The Game of Life and How to Play it by Florence Scovel Shinn
  15. The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
  16. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  17. Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
  18. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  19. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  20. Wishes Fulfilled by Wayne Dyer

Many of the books on this list changed MY life. And the ones I haven’t read yet are going on my Christmas list. The power of transformation is available to all of us. And sometimes, all it takes are the right words at the right time for the blessings in life to beautifully, powerfully unfold for you.

Happy reading!