As the first week of the #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP comes to an end, we hope you’re feelin’ the #PASSION to work towards becoming a happier + healthier you! After such an amazing week of sweating + inspiring, you’ve earned some well-deserved relaxation time. While you’re unwinding this weekend [+ recovering from that killer #sweatsesh line up ; )], why not dive into that summer reading list of yours? If you haven’t started a list yet, don’t worry — we have quite a few books for you to check out! These eight books were written by some of today’s most passionate women + they have some empowering advice to motivate you throughout this FitPlan. Take their words to heart ++ let them inspire you to power through every sweatsesh, booty burn, + run — to push yourself further.
1] BOSSYPANTS – TINA FEY
Tina is absolutely hilarious, compassionate, insightful + STRONG. In her book, she chronicles her life, pretty much everything from her first menstrual cycle [one of the funniest chapters], to her college days at the University of Virginia, to her beginnings as a comedian on Saturday Night Live.
She’s witty, independent + not afraid to speak her mind. She broke through barriers as one of the first major female comedians. She’s inspiring + she makes me want to challenge myself the way she has always challenged herself. She offers great pieces of advice that are useful for anyone + everyone, about following your PASSIONS + making realities out of your dreams, about being confident in who YOU are + not letting anybody boss you around because YOU are your own boss. It’s okay to be a bossy pants. // Grab Bossypants here.
“DON’T WASTE YOUR ENERGY TRYING TO CHANGE OPINIONS. DO YOUR THING, + DON’T CARE IF THEY LIKE IT.”
2] YES PLEASE – AMY POEHLER
Similar to Bossypants, Amy Poehler’s Yes Please documents her life//career + lessons she has learned along the way. She gained stardom on SNL alongside Tina Fey + has accomplished so much more since then [Parks + Recreation, hosting award shows, writing + producing comedic gold]. She’s uncensored + 100% honest with you about what her life is like [minus her divorce from Will Arnett… *crying*]. The book’s three sections are headlined “Say Whatever You Want,” “Do Whatever You Like,” + “Be Whoever You Are.” She’s unapologetically herself + is not afraid to admit that she isn’t always funny or witty [like most people believe she is]. While her book is a little unstructured, she doesn’t seem to care. What she cares about is sharing her personal experiences + hoping that you can learn from them in your own way. // Grab Yes Please here.
“TOO OFTEN WE ARE TOLD TO VISUALIZE WHAT WE WANT + CUT OUT PICTURES OF IT + REPEAT IT LIKE A MANTRA OVER + OVER AGAIN… I AM INTRODUCING A NEW IDEA. TRY TO CARE LESS.”
3] NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL: A YOUNG WOMAN TELLS YOU WHAT SHE’S LEARNED – LENA DUNHAM
Yes, it’s another female comedian memoir. But Lena Dunham is not just “not that kind of girl” – she’s not really like any other girl. She wrote this book with hopes of inspiring women everywhere to simply embrace being themselves – quirks + all. She admits that she is no expert in anything that she offers advice for [love, sex, friendships, beauty, etc.], but she opens up to you like a good friend who only tells you the truth. Unlike Yes Please, Lena’s book isn’t necessarily a cheerleader enthusiastically yelling pick-me-ups at you to make you feel good. It’s sad + troubling at times, but that’s what makes it real. There’s a reason she was included in Time’s “100 Most Influential People.” Give this a read + you’ll find out why! // Grab Not That Kind of Girl here.
“THERE IS NOTHING GUTSIER TO ME THAN A PERSON ANNOUNCING THAT THEIR STORY IS ONE THAT DESERVES TO BE TOLD, ESPECIALLY IF THAT PERSON IS A WOMAN.”
4] I AM MALALA – MALALA YOUSAFZAI
This is the powerful story of a young Pakistani girl [+ the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient] whose passion for education led her to speak out against the Taliban + stand up for her right to receive an education. After surviving a gunshot wound to the head by the Taliban, her story exposed the extremely poor quality of the Pakistani education system [only 2.3 percent of its gross domestic product goes toward education]. A recent U.N. study found that 5.1 million children are out of school, + two-thirds of those children are female. Malala’s story, passion + strength showed us that one voice CAN change the world. // Grab I Am Malala here.
“IF ONE MAN CAN DESTROY EVERYTHING, WHY CAN’T ONE GIRL CHANGE IT?”
5] THE BODY BOOK – CAMERON DIAZ
Cameron Diaz has always been a kick-ass role model for women… + this book makes us love her even more. She emphasizes the fact that we only have one body for our entire lives, so we should cherish it + take care of it as best as we can. She writes that the purpose of this book is to educate women about the importance of taking care of your bodies + minds – “Because nutrition, fitness, awareness + discipline are not just words: they are tools. They are power. They are ways to care for yourself that empower you to be stronger, smarter, more confident, and truer to yourself.” Instead of preaching about body image, she encourages you to think about your body as a machine that is capable of anything + everything. Somebody get this lady a CHAARG membership! ; ) // Grab The Body Book here.
“A LOT OF US FEAR THE IDEA OF AGING — GETTING OLDER, BEING LESS MOBILE, HAVING LESS ENERGY, AND BEING LESS OF OURSELVES. BUT I LOOK AT AGING LIKE THIS: GETTING OLDER IS A BLESSING + A PRIVILEGE, + IF YOU LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR A HEALTHY LIFE IN YOUR YOUNGER YEARS, YOUR OLDER YEARS MAY VERY WELL BE SOME OF THE BEST OF YOUR LIFE.”
6] YOU ARE A BADASS: HOW TO STOP DOUBTING YOUR GREATNESS AND START LIVING AN AWESOME LIFE – JEN SINCERO
Jen Sincero, a life coach + general motivator, gave up her normal life in 2011 to travel the world + encourage as many people as possible to live lives of “unbridled awesomeness.” Her book, much like the title suggests, aims to make YOU see how awesome you already are. She offers insight to lessons of forgiveness, gratitude and learning from experience. Three main takeaways from Jen’s book:
1] Identify how + why your negative thoughts are holding you back. Then decide that you’rs stronger than those thoughts + UNLEASH the best in you.
2] Build a life that you not only want, but also deserve.
3] Profit from your awesomeness – not with just self-love + confidence, but with a career.
Moral of the story? Love yourself + you will be invincible. // Grab You Are a Badass here.
“YOU ARE LOVED. MASSIVELY. FEROCIOUSLY. UNCONDITIONALLY. THE UNIVERSE IS TOTALLY FREAKING OUT ABOUT HOW AWESOME YOU ARE. IT’S GOT YOU WRAPPED IN A WARM GORILLA HUG OF ADORATION. IT WANTS TO GIVE YOU EVERYTHING YOU DESIRE. IT WANTS YOU TO BE HAPPY. IT WANTS YOU TO SEE WHAT IT SEES IN YOU.”
7] RETHINKING POSITIVE THINKING – GABRIELE OETTINGEN
We’re always told that positive thinking will lead us to success, but Gabriele Oettingen has 20 years of research in human motivation to show us why this might not be the case [WHAT?]. Gabriele’s main point is that the obstacles that we think are holding us back from achieving our goals can actually lead to their fulfillment. So, more often than not, dreamers are NOT doers: “The problem that we often run into with this is that when people only think about a positive future, they’ve already attained this future in their minds, so they have little motivation to actually act on it,” Gabriele notes. “We saw this in many of our studies: When we had participants just dream about a positive future, whether it was losing weight or asking a crush out on a date, those that simply fantasized about it were less likely to shed the extra pounds or find the courage to ask out a potential love interest, because in their mind, they had already done so.”
Gabriele isn’t saying you should give up dreaming + optimism altogether. But acknowledging the potential obstacles you’re going to face on your journey toward achieving your goal will put things in perspective, make you think more realistically, + ultimately make you more successful [something to think about as you’re workin’ toward those FIT GOALS!]. // Grab Rethinking Positive Thinking here.
“THE SOLUTION IS’NT TO DO AWAY WITH DREAMING + POSITIVE THINKING. RATHER, IT’S MAKING THE MOST OF OUR FANTASIES BY BRUSHING THEM UP AGAINST THE VERY THING MOST OF US ARE TAUGHT TO IGNORE OR DIMINISH: THE OBSTACLES THAT STAND IN OUR WAY.”
8] START WHERE YOU ARE – MEERA LEE PATEL
Start Where You Are is actually an interactive journal for self-exploration, designed to help readers nurture their creativity + self-motivation in an unconventional way. It will help you work your way through the confusion + chaos of daily life with a simple reminder: taking the time to really get to know ourselves + our dreams will inevitably help us to both appreciate the world around us + achieve our dreams.
Meera’s unique book gives you supportive prompts + exercises with a healthy dose of inspirational quotes to encourage reflection through creative outlets like writing, drawing + chart-making. [It won’t be released until September, so be on the lookout ++ keep it on your reading list!] // Grab Start Where You Are here.
“WE BECOME WHAT WE THINK ABOUT.” –EARL NIGHTINGALE
Know an inspiring read that should be on our list? Let us know in the comments below!
+ Christina [@christi_inchaarg], OSU CHAARG