Episode #8: Self-Help Books That Changed Our Lives

Happy Monday! It’s PODCAST DAY!

Emma had the idea to do an episode devoted to self-help books that changed our lives and it’s a fun one … one of our favorite episodes so far!

You can stream the episode here on the blog or on iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayTuneInPocket Casts, and Stitcher.

Here are links to all the books we discuss in this episode:

Emma’s first pick: The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
Elsie’s first pick: I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Remit Sethi
Emma’s second pick: The Success Principles by Jack Canefield
Elsie’s second pick: The Curated Closet (and workbook too) by Anuschka Rees
Emma’s third pick: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Elsie’s third pick: Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore

Other mentions:
Emma loves Rachel Hollis Rise Podcast

Thank you so much for listening to our podcast! If you have book that changed YOUR life, we’d love to hear about it in the comments! XX- Elsie + Emma

  • Loved this episode! These books were really influential for me:

    Emergent Strategy by adrienne marie brown

    Curated Closet (so good!)

    Material Girl, Mystical World by Ruby Warrington

    Slow by Brooke Mcalary


  • 3 books that changed my life…
    The Art if Frugal Hedonism
    Nurtureshock (for parents or teachers)
    Man’s Search for Meaning

  • I really loved this! I am a little wary of most self-help books, but these actually seem practical instead of just “think happy thought and you’ll feel better”. I like how they are for areas of your home and practical ways to make your life more efficient. Thank you for sharing!

  • I love this! Reading is a passion of mine. Especially books in english, because it’s not my first language, so I can improve my skills at the same time that I’m reading. If I have to pick 3 self-help books that have changed my life I would choose: “The Happiness Project”, “Rich dad, poor dad” and “How to think BIG”. I would recomend them to everyone, you can learn a LOT in so many ways with them!!

  • I am enjoying your podcast so so much! Emma shared about the thankful notes today and I did that after I read Emma doing it a couple of years ago! I did it for my husband’s birthday. It was amazing and very therapeutic! He bawled when he read it on his birthday. I love you girls and will always be an avid fan!

  • Thanks so much for the recommendations! Buying some of them for my husband and some for me!
    A book that has changed my life is actually a parenting book but it’s helped me as person more generally then just with parenting.
    Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline by Becky Bailey. It’s about conscious discipline and is based on brain states. Based on the recs you made I think it will really resonate with you!

  • Really enjoyed this podcast! I’ll be ordering a few of these books for sure. I’d love to recommend A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle – changed my life (for the better) and my husbands. It will never leave my nightstand. Oprah reviews each chapter with the author on her podcast as well – it is profound!

  • I have been loving this podcast and this episode was right up my alley! Not to be dramatic, but the Four Agreements saved my life.

    However… when it came to the comment about whether or not to keep up Christmas decor past Jan 1 and the immediate, repulsed tone of the “HELL NO” made me feel immediately ashamed, and then cringe at the judgment. I work a lot during the holidays and don’t get to enjoy my decor and I love cozying up in January (especially during a break from alcohol) and finally enjoying them. Not that I have to defend myself, but it was the tone and judgment that came with the HELL NO to something that might bring someone joy just doesn’t seem like your brand. Especially since several times throughout the episodes you’ve mentioned being wary of admitting something because someone might judge you. You should totally be unapologetic about the things you love! But it’s not fair to judge others for the same thing.

    • I am really loving this podcast and getting to know Elsie and Emma, it’s been really fun. I had to reply though to PB because I too couldn’t believe the HELL NO for no Christmas decorations after January 1. I like to keep my tree up until January 6 to celebrate “the Epiphany” or Three Kings Day. My husband proposed to me on 1/6/alongtimeago – so it’s sentimental to me to leave it up. I did suggest this year to my daughter (she a Freshman in college) and she was appalled that I even suggested we take the tree down before Three Kings Day. LOL.
      Again I’m a huge fan of this podcast and the sisters and love that you both are being so authentic and transparent. Thank you!!

  • Another great episode !
    Elsie-I totally get how you feel about budgets and Always felt like I was failing. The finance book you mentioned sounded like it was more an intuitive eating model (vs counting calories) for budgets ha.

  • I agree with a previous comment – Nurtureshock is a must for parents and teachers!

  • I read the curated closet book & found it rly helpful, thank you! Tons of creative ways to rethink your wardrobe. I’ll spare you the details but mine was out of hand ???? creating a capsule rly clicked for me & made a big difference. Taking pics felt a lil cheesy but helped me discern things more clearly. Turned my “impossible task” into a productive, positive experience. Great rec!!! I wanna check out the rest too

  • I admittedly avoided this episode because I have yet to get into Self Help style books but I think this might be my favorite episode so far. I was moved by the bit about keeping a gratitude journal and Emma’s experience. I want to read or listen to just about every suggestion. Thanks so much.

  • I LOVE your podcast and how diverse the topics are. I really take advantage of all the tips and tricks that you share and I already added all of these books to the reading list. Looking forward to more episodes!

  • The Curated Closet is awesome and I agree, the workbook is essential. I first found this when Elsie had a picture of it in an Onstagram post about a year ago. I have never been “stylish” but had written a goal to find my style as a part of building self-confidence and strength. It is work, but changes your life. I’m now looking forward to delving into your other recommendations

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