BOOKS: Motivation & Girl Power

18th Dec 2016 - Etc.

Sometimes we all need to read some words of encouragement to make us realise that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Whether you’re struggling with issues at work, feeling unmotivated to get fit or simply need a little inspiration to find the lifestyle that’s perfect for you, I’ve got you covered. I wanted to make a list of a few of the books that have helped me to overcome a few obstacles in my life in the hope that they can help you along the way too. Sometimes we all just need to know that every problem has a solution, and we’re not the only ones in the world who have had to deal with certain issues in life. If you’ve read any of these let me know if you feel as passionate about them as I do, and if you haven’t yet added these books to your collection then I strongly urge you to do so! Enjoy.

‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’-Elizabeth Gilbert

‘Big Magic’ was a game changer for me whilst writing my book Bloom. This book gave me the confidence that I needed to push through the dreaded creative block that I often encounter in my life and gave me some tools to think about things in a different way. It’s packed with valuable insights, suggestions and advice on how to follow your dreams and utilise your creativity to reach your final goal. This book is a must read for anyone who’s looking to take a creative leap but feels as though the fear of failure is keeping them from following their dreams. ‘Big Magic’ pretty much embodies the definition of motivational. Elizabeth, you’re a legend.

Buy it here.

‘Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead’-Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is the ultimate girl boss and I strongly believe that every woman should have a copy of ‘Lean In’ sitting proudly on their book shelf. In this book Facebook COO and one of Fortune Magazine’s ‘Most Powerful Women in Business’ Sheryl Sandberg, describes her own experience of working for some of the world’s most successful businesses and shares her valuable thoughts on the changes that women can make to have a positive effect on the issue of equality within the workplace. This brave and provocative read is jam packed with useful insights and constructive advice to encourage women to climb the corporate ladder. ‘Lean In’ helps us to recognise the obstacles that face women on the path to leadership and tells us how to get over them. This book is without doubt an uplifting and inspiring read. Major girl power.

Buy it here.

‘Step Up: Confidence, Success and your Stellar Career in 10 Minutes a Day’- Phanella Mayall Fine & Alice Olins

Aimed specifically at women, ’Step Up’ is the ultimate self-help for anyone who wants to climb up the career ladder and reach their ultimate goal. It’s a bit of a mish mash of inspirational advice and helpful 10 minute daily exercises that can help you on your journey towards success. Although it’s mainly aimed at women who work within an office environment, I still found this book extremely motivational and discovered that I could still apply some of the tips and advice to my own career path. This book helped me to really think about exactly what it is that I want to achieve in my career and taught me a few simple lessons on how I can start to make it happen.

Buy it here.

‘Eat Sweat Play: How Sport Can Change our Lives’-Anna Kessel 

‘Eat Sweat Play’ by Anna Kessel played a big part in encouraging my fitness journey, which I have coined #PersonalBest. It’s no secret that I’ve never really been into sports, going to the gym has never been high up there on my list of things to do on a Sunday morning, or any day of the week for that matter…but as soon as I reached the last word on the final page of this book I knew that something had to change. ‘Eat Sweat Play’ is hugely inspirational; its pages discuss the topic of sexism in sport and talks about how the sporting industry is unfortunately a largely male dominated environment. This book is a call to action for us girls to reclaim our right to engage in sporting activities and encourages us to teach younger generations about how important it is to grow up as a strong, fit and healthy human being. I’d go as far to say that this book was a life changer for my health and fitness. Now whenever I’m feeling unmotivated and can’t summon up the energy to get off my bum and head to the gym all I have to do is think of this book and what it taught me and I find myself slipping on my trainers and heading out the door. Get it girls.

 Buy it here.

‘Bloom: Navigating Life & Style’-Estée Lalonde

Oh come on, you didn’t think I would write a book guide and not include my own book in there did you? Come on guys, I had to do it! Basically this book is written by this really cool person called Estée Lalonde and I think you should all go and buy a copy for all your friends…In all seriousness I wanted to include my book in this week’s post because I’d like to think that it’s motivational to some of you (from what you’ve all told me it is, so thank you!). I talk a lot about my journey through life and the obstacles that I’ve faced along the way. I speak out about my struggle with anxiety and depression and how I’ve learned to deal with the effect that it has on my everyday life. I also discuss my relationship with food and body confidence and how I’ve finally reached a place where I’m comfortable-ish in my own skin. I wrote this book because I wanted to share my story with you guys in the hope that it will encourage you to find the lifestyle that is perfect for you. Grab a copy for yourself or a friend if you haven’t already. I hope that you love it!

Buy it here.

  • Nadia Sabrina

    Thank you for putting up this blog post, Estee! This post came up just when I needed it.

    Love from Indonesia,

  • I actually plan to sit and read your book tonight! I am so excited to read it as you are definitely one my favourite ladies in the youtube/blogging industry! I also read Big Magic and it really is such an inspiring book for those that need that help in the push for creativity!

  • Estée, thank you for making a post on your favourite motivational books. I’m currently flying through your book and it is definitely inspiring. You’re one of the people whose life really inspires me! xo

  • Of course you had to include your own book! 🙂

  • This is a nice list, especially the last one 😉 I actually just ordered mine yesterday. Yippee!!


  • Lena Sophie Hirsch

    Thanks for this motivational post! Ordered “Eat Sweat Play” right away 🙂 I just finished reading your book and I really like it! It’s quite emotional at times I have to say, but I’m watching your videos pretty much from the start and I loved learning more about your life. Rock on Estée!
    Lots of love from Germany xx

  • Love the selection of books and really considering looking into these.
    xx finja |