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A boost of inspiration

Five must-read books and 10 must-watch films

by Yvanne Dandan

Are you currently in search of a good book to help motivate you along your journey? If so, you are in luck! In this article I share an in-depth recommendation of my current top five must-read books. Not much of a “book worm” but still want a boost of inspiration? Not to worry! I will also add a bonus list of must-watch inspirational films that were suggested by my friends through Snapchat and Instagram. So stay tuned until the very end!

Top five must-read books

1. Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom

Genre: Biography/Memoir

“An Old Man, A Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson.”

I first read this book back when I was in Grade 7 and I’ve re-read it multiple times since! I’ve often recommended this book to my family and friends, and have only heard of positive feedback from their own personal reading experience. This book will remind you about how precious life really is and will inspire you to live your best life today. Do not wait until it is too late.

2. The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz

Genre: Self-Help

“Reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering.”

A great book to help you reassess how important it is to “protect your energy.” Living a happy life does not rely on our environment or circumstance; it is what we allow ourselves to believe and embrace.

3. Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert

Genre: Self-Help

“Creative living beyond fear.”

For all my fellow creatives out there, if you are in need of a boost of inspiration to awaken your sleeping creative brains, this one’s for you! Or maybe you are afraid to take that “next step” in your artistic endeavours. Again this one is a must read!

4. Remembering Whitney (Whitney Houston Biography), Cissy Houston

Genre: Biography

“My story of love, loss, and the night the music stopped.”

I enjoy reading artist biographies and this one is exceptional! This book shares an emotional story of heartache paired with triumph, all through the eyes of Cissy Houston, mother of one of the world’s most missed voices.

5. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Richard Carlson

Genre: Self-Help

This one is perfect for those who need quick doses of reading and cannot commit to a full sit-down reading session. This book is a compilation of quick reads that will help you to stress less in work, in your relationships, etc.

10 Must Watch Films that will surely inspire you!

In no particular order:

  1.  Forrest Gump
  2. The Pursuit of Happyness
  3. The Shawshank Redemption
  4. Freedom Writers
  5. Coach Carter
  6. Moana
  7. The Greatest Showman
  8. Facing The Giants
  9. The Blind Side
  10. Moneyball

A special thank you to those who submitted their must-watch films over Snapchat and Instagram!

So, what do you say dreamers? I hope these books and films will help inspire you in whatever season of your journey you are in right now. Keep your heads up and hearts full. Until next time!

Yvanne is a Program Manager with Career Trek Inc. She’s also an Independent Pop, R&B/Soul Singer-Songwriter.

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