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Books Every 40 Year Old Woman Will Enjoy

Know a woman who’s is about to hit the dreaded number that signals the start of the fourth decade of her life?

Might be time to gift her something, and there’s nothing more knowledge, and also just so happen these books specially selected for 40 year old women are full with it, check them out.

#1 A Basket by the Door by Sophie Hansen

A Basket by the Door by Sophie Hansen
A Basket by the Door is about fostering connection, community and good old-fashioned country hospitality as much as it is about recipes and the food that brings us together to eat. Every recipe includes information on how to wrap, transport, store (and for how long) and re-heat or serve. There are also variations for seasonal options with lots of ideas to tweak and adjust recipes according to what’s available or plentiful.

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#2 A Gentle Hug for the Soul by Lindsay Coldrick

A Gentle Hug for the Soul by Lindsay Coldrick
Sometimes life transitions tend to occur around the 40’s; divorce or death of a loved one can mean it is a time to reassess where you are in your life. Described as a self help book with a twist and an introduction to spirituality it describes various tools which can help you through a stressful time. Tools include mindfulness, gratitude, Reiki, crystals etc and how these can be applied in real life simply.

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#3 Facing Down Empty Nest Syndrome By Cynthia Macgregor

Facing Down Empty Nest Syndrome By Cynthia Macgregor
If the prospect of your last child leaving for college or moving out of the family home to get on with his or her life feels like it would be the end of yours, this book is for you. You’ve lived and breathed for your children for decades, and suddenly it seems they don’t need you anymore. That feeling, coupled with unaccustomed time to yourself, can be overwhelming. Your kids have been your whole life, or a large part of it, but their moving out doesn’t have to depress you. Here is help for building a new phase of life for yourself and, as the title says, facing down that empty nest syndrome.

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#4 Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck

Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck
Martha Beck’s Finding Your Own North Star was a game changer for me when I turned 40. I had no idea who I was in my 30s, a decade full of insecurities and people pleasing. This book calibrated me to seeing the bits of my true self and set the journey into my 40s. It’s a keeper on my bookshelf that I turn to every few years to read my notes, laugh, and see my growth.

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#5 Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy
This book is for anyone who struggles with being bold. But, as a 40-something-year-old woman myself, it really spoke volumes to me at this stage in my life. Cuddy offers not just anecdotes but actual physical ways we can build more confidence and present that confidence to others. She offers a new mindset for handling how we can be bolder and braver during a job interview or when speaking in public or just whenever we’re feeling especially vulnerable.

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#6 The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani
Vishen calls bad beliefs “Bullshit Rules”, or Brules. He says that an “extraordinary mind questions the Brules that are out of alignment with their dreams and desires”. These minds “recognize that much of the way the world works is due to people blindly following Brules that have long passed their expiration date.” He does not suggest getting rid of moral and ethical standards but that we should take a good look at beliefs that drag us into “long-held habits and irrational self-judgement” such as “I should call my parents every day or I am not being a good child” or “I should work to the point of exhaustion every week or I’m not working hard enough.”

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#7 The Power Source by Lauren Roxburgh

The Power Source by Lauren Roxburgh
What is your greatest wish? Are you wishing for an exciting career opportunity…a new home with a beautiful view…a strong and healthy body…a relationship with an amazing partner…more free time to unwind and relax…more digits in your bank account and zero debt… a coffee date with Oprah… or something else? In Wishwork, Alexa Fischer invites you to visualize your #1 wish, write it down, and then put in the work to make it come true.

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#8 The Book of Awesome Women by Becca Anderson

The Book of Awesome Women by Becca Anderson
Women hold up half the sky and, most days, do even more of the heavy lifting including childbearing and child-rearing. All after a long day at the office. Women have always been strong, true heroes ─ sheroes, oftentimes unacknowledged. As we shake off the last traces of a major patriarchal hangover, women are coming into their own. In the 21st Century, all women can fully embrace their fiery fempower and celebrate their no-holds-barred individuality. It is time to acknowledge the successful women of the world. From the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers, to today’s women warriors from sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, the lecture hall, and the silver screen, The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised to become super women of the future.

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#9 Badass Affirmations: The Wit and Wisdom of Wild Women by Becca Anderson

Badass Affirmations: The Wit and Wisdom of Wild Women by Becca Anderson
If you affirm yourself every day, you can rule the world. More importantly, you can live a life filled with love, joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction thanks to your own positive self-regard. Badass Affirmations is the ultimate motivating, encouraging, and uplifting book to enjoy and share. Create your own ideal life and build your self-esteem with these positive daily ffirmations. These very wise words have the power to touch our hearts, build confidence, make us laugh, and alleviate our stress―all while realizing the vast potential life has to offer. Becca Anderson, bestselling author of The Book of Awesome Women, serves up a memorable and inspirational banquet of positive self-affirmations, delicious bon mots, quips, and unforgettable quotes from movie stars, musicians, politicians, and women writers. Everyone from Malala to Madonna to Michelle Obama weighs in on the meaning of life with badass wit and timeless wisdom.

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#10 Badass Women Give the Best Advice by Becca Anderson

Badass Women Give the Best Advice by Becca Anderson
Women’s Studies scholar Becca Anderson has gathered the wisdom from a chorus of fabulous femmes for this one-of-a-kind advice book. From housewives to Hollywood starlets, from standup comedians to startup entrepreneurs, from feminists to Facebook queens, these badass women offer unvarnished and unabashed opinions about love, life, word, men, and sex and share their very frank and forthright thinking on the wild world of relationships. This delightfully dishy gathering of gal pals is like having a heart-to-heart with 200 of your closest friends. Garrulous girls and loquacious ladies of from every walk of life unleash their wicked wit in this humorous and enlightening compilation and tell it like it is. Topics include What the World Needs Now, Love Hurts, Lost Love, and Are Men Really Necessary and cover sex, personal ads, blind dates, break ups, weddings, and the prerequisites for the perfect kiss. Sidebars include quizzes, love and sex bucket lists and topics like “Size Really Does Matter,” and “Cry Me a River, The Weepiest Romantic Movies Ever.” Wait, there’s more–true tales about wild women of yore that entertain as much as they enlighten. From Anais Nin to Lily Tomlin, from Amy Bloom to Dorothy Allison, from Drew Barrymore to Chrissy Teigan and beyond, there’s no shortage of sass, sarcasm, or sizzle and a few shocks along the way!

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#11 Plan Be! Awesome Affirmations for Living an Awesome Life by Becca Anderson

Plan Be! Awesome Affirmations for Living an Awesome Life by Becca Anderson
The affirmations, quotes, and ideas in this book are a set of tools for you to use in your self-development. They are for “inner work.” And you know what they say about happiness-that it’s an “inside job,” which is 100% true. The suggestions in Plan Be! vary widely from spiritual aspirations to very simple, straightforward and practical ideas. Much has to do with adjusting your attitude. Depending on the day, it might be a slight adjustment or a major overhaul, but the more you practice daily affirmations, the fewer adjustments you’ll need. One day, you will realize you have mastered the art of “thinking happy” and are looking at the bright side of life every day. Incorporating this effort as a daily practice will build “mental muscle” and help you achieve the all-important optimistic way of thinking. These are habits that can easily be reinforced by practices such as journaling, creating your own affirmations, and talking to yourself in the positive. Like an engine driving you toward greater things, self belief brings you closer to your life’s purpose, your personal mission and will absolutely make you a happier camper.

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#12 365 Days of Happiness by Jacqueline Pirtle

365 Days of Happiness by Jacqueline Pirtle
In 365 Days of Happiness, author, energy healer, and mindfulness teacher Jacqueline Pirtle has created daily inspirations that help you mindfully work towards living a more vivid experience of daily happiness. Showing that you can put in work to change your life while having fun, the practices are full of whimsy and delight. Each day teaches you to find happiness, use those sour lemons, and shift yourself into a “high for life” frequency where you can reach happiness anywhere at any time.

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Contributors to this article
Lydia Rasmussen from The Quarto Group

Lindsay Coldrick from NRG Healing

Cynthia MacGregor from Cynthia (Cyn) MacGregor

Lisa McKenna from Arrow North

Nicolle Sloane from Literary Apothecary

Elyse Hudacsko from Boundless

Christina Towle from BuzzBrightPR

Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

Jacqueline Pirtle from FreakyHealer

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