Inspirational Summer Reads

Whether relaxing on a beach, reclined on an airplane, or in the comfort of your air-conditioning, summertime always feels like the perfect opportunity to pour over a few great novels. Walk in to any book store from the months of May through August, and you’ll find a “Beach Reads” section brimming with selections of every genre. I love to dive into inspirational pieces of literature that broaden my mind and focus my goals. Most recently, I’ve been reading “The Beautiful Noby Sheri Salata. It’s a beautiful memoir about taking stock of your life, practicing self-care, and overcoming personal obstacles, and I think everyone can learn something from this book.

Sheri Salata, after twenty years as an executive producer on the Oprah Winfrey Show, makes a decision to walk away from her roles there, at Harpo Studios, and the OWN network. Though she had spent countless hours building her dream career, the rest of her life was far from where she wanted it to be. Thus begins her journey of self-transformation, as she opens up on her past and reimagines and rebuilds her future. As she journeys down this path, she shares her deepest insecurities: she has no love life, is 100 pounds overweight, and always feels she needs to be on-call, ready and willing to work. She shares her journey of “rebirth” as she begins journaling, attends a therapy spa, and takes a year for “radical self-care.” This book is raw, honest, and relatable, and is a companion for any and everyone overcoming a personal obstacle, no matter the size.

I could elaborate for hours on the beauty, writing style, and raw honesty of this wonderful book, but I think that what’s most important is the lessons to be gained as a reader from Sheri’s journey. She has the realization at 57 years old that she has had crucial elements of her life and happiness on hold. In some ways, to varying degrees and lengths of time, we all do that. There’s always the thought, “I’ll start that goal tomorrow, I’m too busy today.” No matter what that goal is, from exercise to changing your routine to work to a long-deferred dream, everyone has left it to “tomorrow.” For some, like Sheri, that “tomorrow” comes twenty years later. Even if that’s the case, the important thing is truly taking on those goals, being kind to yourself, practicing self-care, and staying in touch with what makes you feel happy and fulfilled.

If you’re looking for an inspiring “Beach Read,” I can’t recommend “The Beautiful No” enough!

If you have a book that inspired you this summer, please feel free to email me and share your recommendation!

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Caryl Pomales