Four Inspirational Reads For Women Searching for Balance, Meaning, & Patience in Life & in Motherhood

Check out My (4) New Reads that I Believe Will Change Your Approach To Life, Faith, Purpose, and a new Perspective of Parenting and Balance in Motherhood

July 28, 2020

I wrote a post a blog post back in April sharing my (9 ) picks for books that I wanted to read this year.  I focused on areas of faith, personal development, purpose, & business and as much as I’d like to say I have read half of these books, I’m almost ashamed to admit that I haven’t sat down and finished ONE of these books in its entirety.

Honestly, life happened, this doctorate program got intense,and I just wasn’t focused on reading. Earlier this month, I decided that I would create my content around a theme and decided to focus on “The Pursuit of Meaningfulness” a week later, I’d find myself committing to another Mattie James Consistency Challenge that required me to write blogs every day. I hadn't planned content for 30-days’ worth of blogs,  honestly, I had only planned to write 4-5 blog post this month however, I was determined to show up for myself in a big way and that required me to write like my life depended on it.

Later, would I find out through participating in this month's consistency challenge that I would identify with what I needed to focus and work on to identify my true purpose and voice as a blogger and content creator. I believe that in order to fix a problem you have to get to the “root” of it. As the days went by, I realized that I had been journeying through life in this season losing sight off my true purpose and meaning. I stumbled and got caught in my challenges and somehow got lost in my circumstances.

Now that I have come to that realization, I’ve been determined to get to the place that God has waiting for me. In doing so, I’ve picked out a few books that I believe are just what I need in this season of my life and if you are searching for life balance, a fresh perspective or insight on motherhood, discovering self-purpose and meaning then these four books are just what you should join me in reading.


First up we have,

The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness By: Emily Esfahani- Smith.

I’ve started reading this book first as it was the perfect read that fit my theme. I discovered this book while doing my personal research on the pursuit of happiness and how pursuing meaning is a better pursuit to chase. Emily Esfahani walks us reveals to us that we’ve been chasing the wrong goal. It’s not happiness that makes life worth living, its meaning.  She incorporated a theoretical perspective pulling from the discipline of psychology as well as philosophical insights.Her book inspires and encourages us to lead a much satisfying life.


The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One to Four Year Old By: Harvey Karp, M.D.

I actually purchased this book after seeing Mattie James rave about it on her Instagram stories one week.  Listen, my taby (toddler/baby) is off the chain yall! My boys didn’t have half her personality and nowhere near a portion of her attitude. This book was one of the first books I cracked opened. The introduction Alone will get your whole life together. Dr. Karp shares with us that our toddlers are not miniature children but, quite the contrary. In fact, Dr. Karp states that are children have behaviors similar to the uncivilized nature of cavemen.When I read that I’m like hmm… makes sense! Dr. Karp isn’t calling our children caveman however, he has correlated their behavior to that of one. This book was written for the busy parent by introducing a new green light/ yellow light/ red light method for shaping our toddlers behavior.

Third, I have, Fearless Faith + Hustle “21 Day Devotional Journey”

I have begun reading this book on Sunday and GIRRLLL! It is a must have! This book was created for the female entrepreneur. This book walks keeps us in mind with the subtle reminder to stay in a centered place or peace,clarity, and love with an expectancy of greatness. You will find each day as you read a scripture, a story, a prayer, declarations, & an exercise.


Lastly, The Sweet Spot: “How to Find You Groove at Home and Work” By: Christine Carter, PhD

Listen, the title alone reeled me in. Although, I haven't started reading this book I will be cracking her open in a few days! Christine Carter is referenced as a happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center in addition to being a speaker, writer, and mother. What was interesting to me as I did my research on those who already read the book is that what we perceive to be a standard approach to balancing life as a busy mom wasn't working for her. Her approach converts stress into productive and creative energy. I can’t wait to dive into this book and see how I can apply some of her approaches to my life.

I don’t believe that books magically change your life however, I believe that reading truly unlocks a part of our brain that encourages us to think beyond the place or season(s) in which we currently find ourselves. We can learn and grow as we dive into books that speak to what we need and in turn enlightens us leading to the necessary mind shift and change of perspective that needs to take place in our approach to our personal lives.If you purchase any of these books let me know! I’d love to get your take on these reads.