4 Books That Changed My Life

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become my mother’s daughter. I am a reader, through and through. While I’ve started to listen to books and have thought about buying an e-reader, my heart lies in the simplicity of holding a book. It’s magical.

For me, books have always been a well of neverending knowledge, which has contributed to the person I am today. However certain books have left an indelible mark on my spirit that has changed me forever. Each of the books below came into my life right when I needed them and continue to be a source of inspiration for Inside Out Organizing (IOO), this blog, and really, my life.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I heard of this book years before I read it – maybe the stars weren’t properly aligned then. Luckily, it came back into my life at the perfect time and turned out to be the catalyst for revealing my purpose in life. I originally borrowed it from the library and have since purchased it in every medium available. Yeah, it’s like that. (smile)  Liz’s story of soul-searching and self-discovery spoke to me in a way that no book had, or probably will again. Eat, Pray, Love helped me dig deep, break myself apart and find the true meaning of my life – to be a teacher, which is what I hopefully do with IOO, as well as this blog.

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

I never thought managing money and being organized had so much in common. That is, until I read this book. Dave Ramsey is one of the most well-known and regarded money guys on the planet and I found out why while reading The Total Money Makeover. His straight-forward, easy to understand, let’s face it, common sense financial advice blew me away. The seven baby steps to financial peace weren’t anything I didn’t already know; the actions were just ordered in a way that made the road to financial stability so clear and seemingly simple to do. Gaining control of your money is gaining control of your life. You cannot be wealthy without being organized. This book is helping to change my family tree and its lessons are now part of my daily life.

It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys: The Seven-Step Path to Becoming Truly Organized by Marilyn Paul

I read this book during the time I was toying with the idea of opening a professional organizing business. It was the perfect kind of book to read because it wasn’t like all of the typical organizing books I’d read up until then. This book gave seven practical steps to become organized  that ventured outside of the traditional view written about time and again. Marilyn wrote about taking a holistic approach to organization – how everything (mind, body and spirit) must be aligned for you to truly be organized. This message deeply reasonated with me and helped mold the foundation of what my business is today.

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

I must have been in third or fourth grade when I read Little House in the Big Woods for the first time. I’m not sure why I chose it from the thousands of books in my school library; it must have been fate. This quintessential tale of the simple life showed me what life was really about – family, overcoming obstacles, planning and preparing for the future, mixed with a dash of adventure. I didn’t realize it then, but the way the Ingalls’ lived is ultimately how I want to live – with the love of my family, doing work that I love. Laura Ingall Wilder went on to write several books, but Little House in the Big Woods will always be my favorite.

There’s my list of books that rocked my world. Do you have some? Share in the comment section below!


2 thoughts on “4 Books That Changed My Life”

  1. These books were there for me when I needed them.

    FINDING A PEACEFUL PLACE by Thomas Kinkade. In 2003, 2005 & 2006, this 31-page book helped me find personal peace, encouraged me to say Yes & No when I needed to and guided me to a “normal life.”

    POWER FOR LIVING by Jamie Buckingham: On 7/25/2007, my doctor said the most comforting words ever: “You do not have cancer.” Later in the day when I arrived home, this book was in my mailbox (a friend has sent it to comfort me). I read the entire book that day. It helped me move forward in my quest to improve my health. That’s why I work out to this day. This book was a blessing.

    THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey. In 2011-2012, we joined our daughter & son-in-law in focusing on a debt-free life. We made a choice to take a chance to make a change. Celebration Year is coming: 2014.

    THE LOVE DARE by Stephen Kendrick & Alex Kendrick: 2008 was the year this book came out. All I can say is it is a POWERFUL contributor to our strong & lasting marriage. Every couple should experience this book.

    Thanks for asking IOO!


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