book club in your 40s

For your personal development library

If you are going into the empty nest season, you are likely feeling exuberant and empty. It’s called an empty nest after all. But, what is a nest that is empty? It’s clean all the time, it’s super quiet, it’s boring! And you are wondering what will I do now? Well, I am ready to help you figure that out! But I wanted to share some great resources to get you in the habit of thinking about developing yourself. Figuring out who you are without kids and what kind of adventure is next for you.

In early 2021 I sold everything and took off across the country. Not everyone has this opportunity, but everyone has something great inside them that you can now focus on! You can check out my story here.

I have always loved books

Y’all know I read a ridiculous amount of books. And now that I’m moving around, driving to see stuff, I listen to most of my books. Today, I wanted to share my current reading list and why they will be useful for you as you plan for your next adventure. They will give you new insight into yourself and the world around you.

10% Happier – Dan Harris 

Dan Harris tells his story about having a panic attack on live TV. It follows his subsequent journey to find something that made sense for him to have more control over his reactions and feelings. Dan is a great storyteller and he tells his story with humor. What I took away from the whole thing is the importance of meditating and not reacting to every situation and feeling as it happens.

One Minute Millionaire – Mark Victor Hansen 

This book is fascinating in that it is 2 books in one. The lessons in The One Minute Millionaire are not just about becoming a millionaire. They are about how to ethically make, keep, and share your wealth. The first half are the lessons and training. The second half of the book is a fiction book that will suck you in as you see the lessons played out with our heroine. I read this book twice. The second time, with friends, so we could learn the lessons together and hold each other accountable.

Atomic Habits – James Clear

I cannot say enough good things about this book. If you know me, you know I am all about creating positive habits. James Clear really digs into how to create those habits effectively, starting with how you see yourself. That is the most powerful way to change and maintain habits.

Talking to Strangers – Malcolm Gladwell

I have a little bit of a crush on Malcolm Gladwell and have read all his books. This one particularly (at least recently) was so powerful just in how humans react and interact with the world. The story starts and ends with Sandra Bland. In between, he digs into the stories of Sandusky, Amanda Knox, and indigenous people who sit around a fire and get drunk all weekend with no repercussions to their lives. (Hopefully, that piqued your interest enough to check it out)

The Power of Moments – Chip and Dan Heath

While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. These guys tell great stories about the power of moments in industries, families, and small businesses. One of my favorite stories in the book is about a red phone at a hotel, where when you pick it up, they bring you a fresh popsicle. I won’t spoil the rest of the story but it will change the way you think about creating moments in your business, your family and relationships. This book, more than the rest, resonated with me because it’s really what this year is about for me. The Power of Moments!

I hope you found the books I love helpful for your upcoming reading adventures. I want to help you choose your next adventure, so feel free to book some time on my calendar to chat about working together to get you on the path to your empty nest adventure. 

Tell me what you have read that you like and if you have any other suggestions. I have a lot of time in the car to listen to books and I love to learn while I drive.