Writing Challenge Day 15: List of the books that have changed your life

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DAY 15: Write a list of the books that have changed your life. Write your favorite quotes or lessons down from them as well.

EAT PRAY LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book spurred a course of events that changed my life. I discovered this book a decade ago as I was boarding a flight to Kona, Hawaii to go study and learn Yoga/Meditation in an ashram for a month. I hadn’t heard of it before I saw the cover of the book. I bought it on a whim and to this day it still get revisited.


“The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving.”

“Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots.”

“You’re wishin’ too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.”

“When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.”

“There’s a crack (or cracks) in everyone…that’s how the light of God gets in.”

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.

A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.

A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…”


This book singlehandedly taught, encouraged and then helped me put into practice living a more vulnerable life. Ever since I started living more transparent and vulnerable, my relationships have been deeper and more meaningful, I find more time for what and who TRULY matters and I am able to feel the lightness, joy, courage and bliss of love more than I ever thought possible.


“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”

“Numb the dark and you numb the light.”

“Nothing has transformed my life more than realizing that it’s a waste of time to evaluate my worthiness by weighing the reaction of the people in the stands.”

THE ALCHEMIST by Paulo Coelho

I have read and reread this book several times. This book keeps me believing in the possibility of magic, reminds me that dreams do come true and to keep watching for signs from the universe and God.


“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”

“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”

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