Top 4 Inspirational Books: A Collab With Carrie Doran

I love how blogging is always full of surprises and one tweet can unexpectedly lead to a blog collab. Last week, I was contacted by Carrie from Life Grind, Right Mind who found me after I tweeted about getting some blog opportunities after nothing for ages and how we shouldn’t ever give up. Well, this sparked a conversation and Carrie suggested we collab together on our favourite books which have inspired us. Collaborations with other bloggers are one of my favourite things to do so I agreed straight away!

Carrie is from Las Vegas, USA and blogs about mental health and lifestyle. I love discovering new bloggers and it’s clear Carrie has a real passion for helping others feel less lonely in the world if they’re battling mental illness. Her blog reads: let’s end the stigma, let’s start a conversation, let’s talk to each other about the tough stuff until it’s not so tough anymore.  Let’s start learning and understanding. Life Grind, Right Mind is featured as one of the Top 60 Mental Health Blogs” and Carrie is continuously working hard to advocate changes that need to be made in the Mental Health community. Well done Carrie!

So here are the top 4 books which have inspired me over the years. Make sure you head over to Carrie’s blog to read her favourites too. You can also follow Carrie on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. 

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat Pray Love was a book I read in my early twenties which only further encouraged my love for all things travel. Liz finds herself stuck in a life she doesn’t want anymore so decides to leave behind everything familiar and comforting and embark on a quest of self-discovery. She travels to Italy (and eats all the pizza and gelato), spends some time in an Ashram in India before finally heading off to Bali, the paradise island in Indonesia. I love everything about this book. It encourages us to leave our comfort zones, travel, explore and discover who we really are. I also really, really want to go to Bali. Click here to buy Eat Pray Love.

“If you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.”

Wonder by R.J Palacio 

Wonder was a book which took me on a roller coaster of all the emotions. It was my holiday reading and I pretty much finished it as soon as I got off the plane. Wonder follows the story of Auggie Pullman, a normal ten year old in every way other than the fact he was born with a disorder which makes him stand out and look different. Auggie just wants a normal life and to fit in with the other kids at school but unfortunately not everyone is that accepting. The book is packed full of many lessons on kindness and how we should not judge people on appearance. If you want both the happy and sad tears, click here to buy Wonder.

“If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary – the world really would be a better place.”

Wild by Cheryl Strayed 

I used to work as a receptionist at The Travelodge, and I read the whole of Wild on one very quiet shift over Christmas. I was searching for books similar to Eat Pray Love and Wild was the answer. Cheryl, 26, was struggling in the wake of her mothers death and failing marriage so like Liz, went on an epic journey of self-discovery. Cheryl believed she had nothing left to lose and one day packed her rucksack and set off on an eleven hundred mile trek following the Pacific Crest Trail in America. With little backpacking experience, Cheryl finds herself in difficult situations which will test her both mentally and physically. A very inspirational read which proves we can do anything if we put our mind to it. Click here to buy Wild. 

“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave.”

Blogs Change Lives by Aby Moore

Last but by no means least, my most recent favourite read is Blogs Change Lives. Every single page is jammed packed full of positivity, motivation and the inspirational story of how Aby transformed her blog You Baby Me Mummy (which started as online baby book for her daughter Ava) into an awesome blogging career. The thing I love about this book the most is that Aby’s hard work and determination shines through. She believes anyone with the passion can let blogging change their life. You can read my full review here and buy yourself a copy here. 

“Success doesn’t happen overnight, it takes consistency to start making an impact on the world”

Thank you to Carrie for the spontaneous collaboration idea. I hope you have enjoyed finding out more about my favourite inspirational books. What books would be in your top 4? Make sure you head over to Carrie’s blog to read her favourites too.

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Blogs Change Lives by Aby Moore – Book Review + Giveaway

Ask anyone in my family and they will tell you I am pretty impulsive when it comes to buying things. A few years ago I randomly bought a £300 stripey retractable patio awning to go outside the back doors of my flat just because it was a particularly sunny day. I’ve hardly used it since. Anyway, this week’s purchase was slightly less extreme but it didn’t take much time to decide that I wanted Blogs Change Lives by Aby Moore in my Amazon shopping basket. I’m pleased to say there are no regrets with this decision.

I tweeted on Wednesday that I read an entire book in 2 days and this was the book in question. Once I started, I honestly could not put it down. Every single page is jammed packed full of positivity, motivation and the inspirational story of how Aby transformed her blog You Baby Me Mummy (which started as online baby book for her daughter Ava) into an awesome blogging career.

“There was no grand plan; no thoughts of world domination. Just a broken mum recording her life to try and fill a hole which had appeared.” 

Aby talks openly and honestly about her struggles with postnatal depression and how she found therapy in blogging. Over time, her online space helped grow her confidence, self-esteem as she connected with other like-minded people and found her place in the blogging world. Now, Aby is a full time blogging strategist with a passion for helping mamas turn their blogs into a thriving business. You Baby Me Mummy has become one of the UK’s top family lifestyle blogs plus Aby has created tons of helpful blog resources and e-courses to inspire others too.

“My blog has given me a sense of pride and accomplishment, my own corner of the internet. It’s given me back self-worth.”

Blogs Change Lives is not just for mum-bloggers though, this book speaks to every blogger of every niche. This morning I was using the practical advice Aby shared on using Google Search Console to ‘crawl your blog’ so Google finds it easier. I have also learned more on SEO, how to pitch to brands, collaborations, social media, self-promotion and various different income streams that your blog can generate. I really enjoyed the chapter on the common misconception that ‘bloggers just get stuff for free’ and the truth about how much time and effort really goes into running a blog.

“Never be afraid of leaping. Give yourself permission to try different things on for size and your super power will unveil itself to you, believe me, mine did.”

The thing I love about this book the most is that Aby’s hard work and determination shines through. She believes anyone with the passion can let blogging change their life. In the space of five years, Aby has collaborated with incredible international brands (like Amazon, Sky TV, Tesco, Pampers and Joules), grown a social following of over 60,000, helped raise thousands of pounds for children’s charities, launched The Revolution Inner Circle in 2017 with the intention of creating a supportive space focused on success for Mama entrepreneurs, been featured in newspapers, appeared on radio and been a finalist for many awards. Wow! And to think all this started by creating a blog. Well done Aby!

“Success doesn’t happen overnight, it takes consistency to start making an impact on the world” 

After reading this, I felt super motivated and inspired and honestly think every single blogger needs to read this book. So I went on Amazon and bought another copy to be won in a Twitter Giveaway!

If you would like a chance to win Blogs Change Lives by Aby Moore all you need to do is:

  1. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @HELLOBEXA

  2. FOLLOW ABY ON TWITTER @ YOUBABYMEMUMMY

  3. RT MY PINNED TWEET 

One winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday 11th July at 6pm. Good luck to everyone who takes part! However, if you are like me, and want to read the book straight away, you can always go order a copy right now on Amazon.

Have you read this book? Let me know what you think in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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