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Inspiration, by definition is a noun and it is described to mean:


1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.


2. a sudden brilliant or timely idea.


I make sure I add inspiration to each and every day that I open my eyes, and my feet touch the ground. Here are all the books, passions, blogs, motivating reads and and and that I have come across and added to The Joy Club because maybe, just maybe something might inspire you too.


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You Are a Badass

How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

By: Jen Sincero

Narrated by: Jen Sincero

If you are looking for some good inspiration and some real serious motivation to get you going, and working towards something you want, then this next book is fabulous!!! Seriously … I actually read it twice, and I know that I will be reading it again for sure … probably many times … this is about YOU and life!


You are a BADASS at making money by Jen Sincero – brilliant!!!!! All about getting over your money blocks, in such real examples and workable and practical tips, and tricks, and mantra’s and all that stuff … I loved it so much I actually considered starting it all over again when it was finished today! HAHA  It is all about how to decide to move on … and make money! For YOU!

It’s called You Do YOU … and it is literally what the title says it is … it is a step by step guide on how to put your first, always. This lady is great, she calls herself an “anti-guru” and she uses real examples to explain her points, and some are really funny … but all are real, and you can totally identify with this. She explains, very simply how easy it is to do you …

Elizabeth Gilbert wrote Eat Pray Love … but this book is not a story, it is all about Creative Living Beyond Fear, I really enjoyed it. She speaks about how an idea comes to you, and it will come and present itself a few times until you ‘take it on’ and if you don’t it will go find someone else … she also talks about how to harness your creativity (which can be anything) and work with it, and not fear it – REALLY awesome!

Thrive ~

Arianna Huffington is just a remarkable woman, she has achieved so much in the world, and I really admire her. Her sister actually narrates this book, and she talks through her book on all the challenges she has faced as a woman in business, and how she overcame her stumbling blocks … was a great read!

On Becoming Fearless by Arianna Huffington

This book was absolutely and without a doubt one of my best so far … this book Arianna actually narrates, and I just fell in love with her even more, because you can hear all her real fears and her views on how woman face these fears all the time, and then how to think about them differently, to work through them.

The Alchemist …  This book is the absolute most amazing, insightful book I have ever read …. ever!!!!
It is not just a pure motivational book, it is actually written as a story, of a young boy and his journey … it is so insightful in terms of all the lessons in life, all we know, but forget.
It was beautifully written, and narrated by Jeremy Ions, but the story was one I literally did not put down and wanted to start again. I know I will be reading this again, and I cannot wait.

The 5 Second Rule ~ This is an absolutely incredible and life-changing book for me.
Mel Robbins shares a technique that she developed when she was down and out, and thought life was going nowhere for her. The technique turned her life around, quite literally. She uses a simple rule related to 5 seconds to get you to do something you want to, or wish to, or are having trouble doing.
I have started to use her technique and it has made a serious difference to a lot of things going on for me.

Girl Wash your Face
I have raced through another book, so here it is …
Her book is a real-life look at the lies we believe about yourself. We too fat, we will only be happy with xyz, we not able to be a good mother, pretty much each and every life hick-up we all face in life. She unpacks her real-life example, which is really nice because I could relate to almost everyone (barring the mommy ones haha) and then she talks you through the real responses we should have to each. It was an easy and great read x

Kick Ass with Mel Robbins
This is a book that shares 8 real-life coaching sessions, where each person shares their honest raw struggles with Mel, who coaches them through each to the real core issue, & then how to move past it. Each person is so vulnerable & open, and in return, Mel kicks some ass to make sure they don’t make excuses, but they do what it takes to start a new chapter in their lives so they can be happy.
It was a beautiful read for me, because each person had something that I related to, and could learn from Mel to work on myself.

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan: A novel that focuses on four Chinese American immigrant families in San Francisco who start a club known as The Joy Luck Club, playing the Chinese game of mahjong for money. The book is structured somewhat like a mahjong game, with 4 parts divided into 4 sections to create 16 chapters. The 3 mothers & 4 daughters share stories about their lives in the form of vignettes. The story is all about teaching their daughters lessons in life that they learnt through their lives. Really stunning stories & motivating lessons we all need to hear.

Lilac Girls ~ by Martha Hall Kelly
This is my first fiction book review … I took a bunch of books for the holiday season and this was one – it totally & utterly blew my mind. It is about 3 woman in World War II who endured the war and experienced some really horrible things, came through it all, and how their lives were affected, but ultimately all brought together … it is such a story I cannot do it justice by a review, all I can say is that I loved it.

You are a Badass Every Day ~ by Jen Sincero

This is Jen’s 3rd book in the series ~ I’ve read all 3 of them & loved them. Apart from the fact that the first one I read set me on a corrected path in my life journey (so she & they mean a lot to me) the books & messages are powerful. She reminds us what a bad ass we are, & how sometimes you have to buck up and go for it, literally & figuratively. Her humour is wonderful, to the point, simple yet strong & powerful, and super funny! I’d recommend this book to whoever wants to make a change in their lives, but isn’t too sure how to start. I know i will be re-reading all mine again & again over time.

The Mastery of Self ~ by don Miguel Ruiz Jr.

This book is from a man & his son, and their thinking that I have grown to love over the years after having it shared with me by Irit (an insightful special lady to me). The book goes into how to can make YOU the centre of what you do, how you feel, who you truly are. It reviews the 4 Agreements of Life that they set out in a previous book ~ be impeccable with your word, don’t take things personally, don’t assume anything, and always do your best.

The Miracle Morning ~ by Hal Elrod

This book has distilled an inspirational way to start yours day and make time for yourself … he refers to LIFE SAVERS, where SAVERS are: Silence | Affirmations | Visualisation | Exercise | Reading (nice) | Scribe …

The Secret ~ by Rhonda Byrne

It is such a wonderful book about taking ownership of what you want in life … whether you believe in this type of self work or not, it is great to get your out of a bad space, and into thinking positively. But they work is around visualising what you want, and then thinking about it to get it!

The Universe has your Back ~ by Gabby Bernstein

Transform fear to faith ~ I found this book to be incredibly spiritual, which did take me a little bit of time to get in to, but once I was in it, it really was a special read because Gabby Bernstein really delved into the whole universe thing & every aspect of it … I really loved learning about it all, & how to work with the universe & use it in my life.

How to be an Overnight Success ~ by Maria Hatzistefanis

She was considered an overnight success, but it took her 18 years to get where she did … and she tells you how she went about it, such lovely lessons on building a business, and her approach ..

MONEY, & THE LAW OF ATTRACTION, by Esther & Jerry Hicks

I really loved this book – they have so much content about the Law of Attraction on various platforms, so so much, & they were infact the first people involved in the creation of The Secret. This book is all about the Law of Attraction, and even though the book has money in the title, it brings money into one chapter. It is a brilliant & easy to listen to and get the messages they share! If you are looking for a start to how to attract what you want in life, this is a great place to start.

THINK & GROW RICH, by Napoleon Hill

I started to listen to this book via my trusted & lovely Audible, but as I listened, I actually went out and bought the ebook too. As I listened to one chapter, I read it after, and made notes. I think everyone should read this, no matter what!!! Just trust me on this. The books gives you the 13 Principles to Riches! Do you need another reason … no!

GIRL CODE, by Cara Alwill Leyba

This is another book that I listened to, and by pure chance as I was listening to it, my brother & sister-in-law bought it for me for my birthday. Now that is a sign right! She prefaces this book as a book that will unlock the secrets to success, sanity and happiness for the female entrepreneur. She is all about building your confidence, reconnecting with your “why”, and using the power of connection. Really fun and easy read! She champions the importance of honesty, vulnerability and positivity. And she illustrates how you as woman can work together to ensure success. And this point is a biggie for me – we really should work together more, and not criticise and point fingers all the time.

Chasing Cupcakes ~ by Elizabeth Benton

This book I came across via a podcast I was listening to … they interviewed Elizabeth, and she has a podcast that I started to listen to too, and she had a book, so obviously I downloaded it and had a listen …

She talks about “How one broke, fat girl transformed her life” and then how you can too.
She really battled with her weight, and because of that her confidence … and she walks you through various steps and ideas to help you transform your life. She believes in asking yourself questions, and she gives you lots of practical work you can o for yourself, and in your situation and context.

It was a super easy listen, and very practical … which I enjoyed!

The Cows (Don’t follow the herd) ~ by Elizabeth Benton

This is a really fabulous book … not motivational or self-help or anything like that this time.

A real chick book: 3 young woman navigating life in the modern world …  it was really great.

The essence of the story is to not follow the herd in life, but seriously funny too!