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PASSIONISTAS GIFT GUIDE: Empower Your Journey: The Top 10 Self-Help & Inspiring Books from Women


As the year draws to a close, what better way to embrace the spirit of renewal and personal growth than by gifting the inspiration to embark on a transformative journey? Our carefully curated self-help and inspirational book gift guide features works by remarkable authors, each offering a unique perspective on life, success and authenticity. Whether you're seeking the perfect gift for a loved one or looking to invest in your own personal development, these books are a beacon of wisdom and empowerment. Dive into this collection and discover the keys to unlocking your full potential in the coming year.


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1. "CONFIDENT YOU: SIMPLE HABITS TO LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGINED" by JULIE DELUCCA-COLLINS

Our trusted mentor, coach, advisor and friend Julie DeLucca-Collins is one of the most confident people we know but that wasn't always the case. Over the course of her business career, Julie continued to gain success. Despite her accomplishments, she found that she would second guess herself and feel insecure. Soon she found that she was not the only one that felt like this. As she began mentoring and coaching women in her job and philanthropy work, Julie found that women don't give themselves enough credit and are too afraid to leap. Unlike many women, Julie stepped out to chase her dreams, knowing that she would rather live with the lessons from a failed attempt than the regrets of a leap not taken. Julie learned that the secret to success was adopting the habits that built the skills to feel more confident. These habits allowed her to be more engaged and motivated to stay on track to go after her dreams and achieve them. In this book, she shares her secrets to become less overwhelmed, find purpose and live her passions.


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2. "ASK LIKE AN AUCTIONEER: HOW TO ASK FOR MORE AND GET IT" by DIA BOND

Before we met Dia Bondi, we thought we knew how to negotiate. Ask for what you want with the simple goal of getting a yes. But as Dia explained to us when we ask, we aim low — asking for what we think we can reasonably get afraid of risking too much and get nothing at all. The result? We leave money and opportunity on the table. Dia has helped thousands of women advocate for themselves by making big asks. In "Ask Like an Auctioneer," she outlines a six-step framework that will help you strategically and confidently ask for more, maximizing the potential of every ask, every time. Based on Bondi’s wildly successful keynotes and workshops, "Ask Like an Auctioneer" is an actionable guide that shows you the secret to getting out of your comfort zone and into your “zone of freaking out” (ZOFO). Give the gift of joining the thousands of women who are stepping into their ZOFO, asking for more and getting it and reaching their goals on their own terms.


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3. "POWER OF PASSIONISTAS CREATING YOUR OWN SUCCESS STORY: A GUIDED JOURNAL" from THE PASSIONISTAS PROJECT by AMY & NANCY HARRINGTON

Okay, this would be a totally shameless self-promotional plug if our new guided journal didn't spotlight 52 amazing women that we've interviewed for The Passionistas Project Podcast. Each one shares a powerful quote about what success means to her and we give a prompt, encouraging the reader to explore their own definition. Is there a woman (or two) on your gift list that is longing to define success on her own terms? These inspiring quotes and thought-provoking prompts will help her create a more meaningful and satisfying life.


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4. "THE SHIFT: POETRY FOR A NEW PERSPECTIVE" by MELODY GODFRED

When we met Melody Godfred she was an attorney turned novelist turned Self-Love Pinky Ring entrepreneur. Oh, and she also found time to be an amazing wife and mother of three. Now she has added poet to her long list of accomplishments with a series of books that has caught the eye of powerhouse women like Hoda, Jenna and Oprah (no last names needed). "The Shift: Poetry for a New Perspective" is a collection of poems designed to reframe how we see and move through this brave new world. Each pair of poems inspires a shift from the old way of thinking to the new: from guilt to gratitude, resistance to surrender and fear to love. Its unique poem pairings uplift the soul by offering a hopeful salve for our collective burnout.


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5. "EMBRACE YOUR TRUTH: A JOURNEY OF AUTHENTICITY" by GABRIELLE CLAIBORNE

We've met very few people who have embraced their authenticity better than successful business owner, TEDx speaker and nationally recognized LGBTQ leader Gabrielle Claiborne. In this powerful memoir, she shares her journey of overcoming four decades of fear and shame. Gabrielle risked everything and leaped into the unknown to embrace a key aspect of her truth, that she is a transgender woman. In this inspiring "memoir meets self-help" book she shares her riveting story of losing one life and discovering another. As she recounts her joys and struggles, with humor and vulnerability, Gabrielle graciously weaves insights about living authentically with invitations for readers to embrace new facets of their own unique truths — whatever those look like for them.


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6. "RAGE BECOMES HER" by SORAYA CHEMALY

The holiday season is synonymous with joy and goodwill, yet Soraya Chemaly's "Rage Becomes Her" powerfully asserts that feminine anger is not only valid but also a crucial force for positive change. In a society often urging us to suppress or penalize our anger, the book argues that many significant achievements owe their existence to the initial kernel of anger that propelled them forward. According to Soraya, "Approached with conscious intention, anger is a vital instrument, a radar for injustice, and a catalyst for change." Consider gifting this insightful perspective to someone on your list who could harness their fury for positive transformation.


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7. "THE BOOK OF HOPE: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR TRYING TIMES" by DR. JANE GOODALL

Anyone who knows us is aware that Dr. Jane Goodall is our lifelong hero. We were honored to welcome her into the Passionistas fold when she accepted our Passionistas Persist Icon Award in 2022. Our one burning question when talking with her during the ceremony was, "Dr. Goodall, what is your message of hope?" It’s a concept she's spoken and written about for decades. And her survival guide touches on vital questions, including: How do we stay hopeful when everything seems hopeless? How do we cultivate hope in our children? What is the relationship between hope and action? Filled with moving and inspirational stories and photographs from Jane’s remarkable career, “The Book of Hope” is a deeply personal conversation with one of the most beloved figures in the world today. It's a must read for all the Passionistas on your list as we enter into the New Year.


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8. "IMPERFECT COURAGE: LIVE A LIFE OF PURPOSE BY LEAVING COMFORT AND GOING SCARED" by JESSICA HONEGGER

When we met Jessica Honegger, we started to look at our company from a completely different perspective. Yes, we were driven by an innate desire to help women but that didn't mean we couldn't have a thriving business. In fact, by putting ourselves in a position of earning more, we can hire other women and help them succeed as well. "Imperfect Courage" is Jessica's story of starting the rapid-growing fair trade jewelry brand Noonday Collection that impacts over 4,500 artisans in vulnerable communities across the globe — and invites readers on a journey of transformation, challenging them to trade their comfort zones for a life of impact and adventure.


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9. "RIGHT FOR YOU: STRUCTURE YOUR THINKING, MAKE A DECISION, AND MOVE FORWARD WITH YOUR CAREER (AND LIFE)" by LINDSAY GORDON

We've met a lot of career coaches in our lives but never one who operates from Lindsay Gordon's perspective — that you might not need to change careers. You might be exactly where you want to be and you just have to shift your perspective to know it. With Lindsay's guidance and frameworks, more than 50% of her clients don’t quit, and 100% make a confident decision that is right for them. In this book, you will learn how to restructure your mindset to feel excitement and energy about your future. Most importantly, you’ll experience the freedom of being DECIDED. You can re-engage and stay in your role/company for the right reasons or choose to leave knowing why it’s the right next step for you. This is the perfect holiday present for the Passionista who is caught up in doing what she thinks is “right” in her career, and to help her start making decisions with intention that are right for HER.


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10. "CONFIDENT, BULLY-PROOF KIDS!: WORKBOOK FOR PARENTS" by DALI RIVERA & AMY JOY B.ED

Dali Rivera and Amy Joy B.Ed. have created this concise, easy-to-read workbook to guide parents on their path towards bully-proofing their kid. Who better to help Passionistas parents navigate this tricky subject than Dali, a bullying awareness and prevention educator, and Amy, a special education classroom teacher with a specialty in mental wellness and pro-social skill development. Plus, they're moms, so they know how important (and how difficult!) these conversations are. These tools in this book will not only protect your child against the harmful effects of bullying but will embolden your child to speak up when they notice others experiencing bullying. This is the perfect gift to start an anti-bullying revolution in our homes, schools, and communities.


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