10 Books That Will Revolutionize Your Thinking and Guarantee Your Success

The Latina Love Project profiles the lives of women — mothers, daughters, sisters — who often sacrifice their self-care in their struggle to balance and care for family, friends, and work. In this series sponsored by Ford, we spotlight their struggles and triumphs and learn how they create time for their them. These must-read self-care books will transform your life and help you realize your dreams.

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The truth about adulting is that as many years of school as we get, there is no "Self-care 101" class. Powering through your first job, balancing work, relationships and family is complicated without any help, and let’s be honest: After a certain age, calling mom is not an option. This is where self-care books come into play as a form of continued education.

Self-care books are your best (and cheapest) option to maintain a pattern of mental health and life balance that fits your beliefs and busy life. Whether you aspire to become an entrepreneur or a better listener, these reads will help improve your life.

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52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy by Moorea Seal

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This book invites readers to reflect on their lives by asking them to list all the items, people, moments and thoughts that make them happy. The idea is that gratitude for all you have leads to happiness.

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All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks

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Love is complicated, and just like life, there is no guide to learn how to love or be loved. Acclaimed scholar and critic bell hooks knows how overwhelming this realization can be. Through thirteen chapters, hooks examines what love means in today's society and the different shapes love can take from the romantic to the platonic.

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Eat Pray Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Who wouldn't want to take a year to travel, eat pizza and fall in love? (Sign us up!) Elizabeth Gilbert's 2006 book Eat Pray Love is about a woman who sarcifices the security of a full-time job to rediscover herself by traveling alone through Italy, India and Indonesia. It an overnight bestseller and cultural phenomenon.

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How to Be Happy (Or at Least Less Sad): A Creative Workbook by Lee Crutchley

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Newsflash: Happiness takes work. How To Be Happy enables its readers to access happiness through a series of prompts that induce self-reflection.

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The Lost Art of Good Conversation: A Mindful Way to Connect with Others and Enrich Everyday Life by Sakyong Mipham

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One of the best things we can do to better ourselves is to listen to others. Renowned Tibet spiritual leader Sakyong Mipham offers advice on how to focus our attention on others, quiet our minds, and appreciate the people around us.

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Normal Gets You Nowhere by Kelly Cutrone

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Kelly Cutrone is famous for her no bulls*it perspective on self-help. In this book, Cutrone offers advice on how to break the mold in order to be true to yourself in life, love, sex and more.

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Pick Me Up: A Pep Talk for Now and Later by Adam J. Kurtz

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Science shows there are multiple benefits to journaling, especially when it comes to mindfulness. Pick Me Up is a non-linear journal that allows you to jot down thoughts with the purpose of literally picking it up later to reflect on them. Open whatever page and engage with the prompt at hand.

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Power Your Happy: Work Hard, Play Nice & Build Your Dream Life by Lisa Sugar

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Lisa Sugar is the quintessential success story of the digital age. Her site PopSugar is the go-to destination for everything pop culture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle for the millennial generation. In this memoir, Sugar reflects on what earned her a spot as one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the start-up era and offers practical advice on landing a job you love.

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintutive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

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In The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*uck, Mark Manson offers a remarkable solution to unhappiness: get to know yourself. The popular writer argues that self-reflection is the key to shed external expectations and pressures and focus on the s*it that actually matters.

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You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

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Remember this quote, "Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will?" You Are A Badass is the book for people who identify with this sage observation. Author Jen Sincero offers advice through personal anecdotes on how to dismiss fears and jumpstart a fulfilling life.

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