five must read books for living with intention

I dream of rooms covered floor to ceiling in books. My happy place is curled in a pile of pillows and blankets with a good read. From a young age, books have taught me new ways to experience the world. Be it fiction or non, I find great value in great words.

If you're looking for a good book to support a life of intention, here's where you should start.

1. the art of possibility by rosamund stone zander & benjamin zander

The Art of Possibility offers a set of breakthrough practices for creativity in all human enterprises.  This inspirational book is a synthesis of Rosamund Stone Zander’s knowledge of cutting-edge psychology and Benjamin Zander’s experiences as the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.  Infused with the energy of their dynamic partnership, the book joins together Ben’s extraordinary talent as a mover and shaker, teacher, and communicator with Rosamund’s genius for creating innovative paradigms for personal and professional fulfillment.

If you're struggling with shifting your mindset and living in a world of possibility, this was written for you. It is a guide which offers numerous practices and stories on how to change the way you think and perceive the world.

2. the gifts of imperfection: let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are by brene brown

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

To continue focusing on mindset, Brene Brown's work examines living with a whole heart and believing in your worth. To be completely honest with you, the true value of this book is within the first few chapters (after that there are some interesting bits but I essentially felt like I got the point by then). The value within those early chapters is massive, don't get me wrong, but maybe just get this one at your local library.

3. is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns) by mindy kaling

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

I don't attempt to hide my passionate love for this woman at all, she is my spirit animal in human form I swear. In her comedic and honest way, Mindy's stories are one part entertaining, two parts value. What amazes me about them is how easy they are to relate to, even though I've never been someone drawn to the idea of being a Hollywood star. From career to relationships, there are countless life lessons to pull from her collection of essays and lists. And you will be laughing your ass off the entire time.

4. darling magazine

Okay, so technically this isn't a book. But trust me, it belongs on this list. The added benefit is that a new edition is published every quarter so the value of Darling continues to grow. The art of being a woman is what Darling is all about. And it's not your typical glossy-paged, airbrushed modeled magazine. With photography worthy of being hung on a wall and content worth spending your time reading, you're sure to find many tips and tricks for intention-based living for your home, wardrobe, relationships and adventurous side.

5. #girlboss by sophia amoruso


The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn’t fashion—it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, Sophia had resigned herself to working a mediocre day job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was there that she decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal. #GIRLBOSS includes Sophia’s story, yet is infinitely bigger than Sophia.

There has been a rising trend in "my story" type of books (from Bossypants from Tina Fey, Yes Please from Amy Poehler and of course Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?) but Sophia's is my favourite career-focused essay. She faced some serious struggles and pushed through with determination. It's provided me a lot of inspiration when I face my own business challenges and I recommend it for anyone who is uncertain on how to meet barriers to reaching their goals.

Megan te Boekhorst