Self-help Audiobooks | Stephanie’s Picks

Felton, Sandra & Martha Sims. Five Days to a Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways To Clear Up Your Space. Dreamscape. ISBN 9781520088464. Read by Laurel Lefkow.
Organizing and time-management experts Felton and Sims provide a team-based approach to even the most overwhelming decluttering job. In the first section, they show you how to declutter, with each day of the week focused on one reachable goal. In the second section, they show you how to cultivate time-tested habits that keep your house in the clean, well-ordered state you’ve just achieved, including ways to deal with common obstacles such as filing, storage needs, health issues, space restrictions, the car, and family sabotage.

Harris, Dan, Jeffrey Warren, & Carlye Adler. Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780525631033. Read by Dan Harris & Jeffrey Warren.
After Harris had a full-blown panic attack on live television (five million views on YouTube!), he discovered meditation for himself and became a convert. His memoir about this experience, 10% Happier, made readers (fidgety skeptics like himself) curious about meditating. But Harris also encountered a lot of people who said they wanted to meditate, but couldn’t quiet their mind, didn’t have time, felt weird and culty doing it, etc. So he set out on a cross-country trek with Warren, a master meditation teacher to get to the root of the problem.

Lee, Kat. Hello Mornings: How To Build a Grace-Filled, Live-Giving Morning Routine. Brilliance. ISBN 9781543637755. Read by the author.
Don’t worry; you don’t have to be a morning person to start each new day well. Lee introduces a powerful morning routine that incorporates the most sought-after daily habits into a simple morning routine: God. Plan. Move. She incorporates the latest research on habit formation and development practical tools to help readers develop and grow their own personalized, adaptable plan for mornings and includes stories of transformed mornings from women in every season and stage of life.

Mecham, Jesse. You Need a Budget: The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want. HarperAudio. ISBN 9781538479865. Reader TBA.
Discover four simple rules to help you stop living paycheck to paycheck, get out of debt, and save more money faster! The You Need A Budget (YNAB) Method has helped tens of thousands of people to turn their financial lives around. Whether you’re looking to right an apparently sinking ship, or you just want to implement a system that will require less time “managing” your money, YNAB will most definitely work for you.

Pang, Alex Soojung-Kim. Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less. Blackstone. ISBN 9781549113840. Read by Adam Sims.
For most of us, overwork is the new normal and rest is an afterthought. In our busy lives, rest is defined as the absence of work: late-night TV binges, hours spent trawling the Internet, something to do once we’ve finished everything else on our to-do lists. But dismissing rest stifles our ability to think creatively and truly recharge. Pang argues that we can be more successful in all areas of our lives by recognizing the importance of rest; working better does not mean working more, it means working less and resting better. Treating rest as a passive activity secondary to work undermines our chances for a rewarding and meaningful life.

Richardson, Cheryl. Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife. HarperAudio. ISBN 9781538456514. Reader TBA.
After publishing five books, Richardson struggled for the better part of three years starting and stopping on the next one. Writing started to feel more like homework than creative expression and she knew she owed her readers and herself a radically new approach. Patiently assessing her situation, Cheryl made a stunning realization. A devoted journal writer, she had been for years documenting her innermost thoughts. She recognized that these reflections were the lessons she needed to share.

Wiking, Meik. The Little Book of Lykke: Secrets of the World’s Happiest People. Blackstone. ISBN 9781538499368. Reader TBA.
For his work at the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Wiking travels the globe from Dubai to Finland, Rio de Janeiro to Bhutan, South Korea to the United States, to discover the secrets of the very happiest people. Here Wiking identifies the six factors that explain the majority of differences in happiness across the world—togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust, and kindness—and explores what actions we can take to become happier. He explores the happiness gap for parents, how much money you really need to buy happiness, how we can be healthier without having to go to the gym, how we can learn to build trust and collaboration, how we can help ourselves by helping others, and why our expectations often outweigh our reality.

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