This month thirteen:fourteen is all about new beginnings. So to inspire you, we have put together a list of our favourite books all about changing your life, to have by your side when your thinking about having your own fresh start. 

Ikigai by Hector Garcia

“Ikigai translates as `a reason to live' or `a reason to jump out of bed in the morning'. It's the place where your needs, desires, ambitions, and satisfaction meet: a point of perfect balance, and perfect fulfilment.

On the Japanese island of Okinawa, people live longer than anywhere else in the world. There, finding your ikigai is considered the key to longevity - and to happiness. The Okinawans know that all lives are valuable; for them, your ikigai is the lens that will help bring your value into focus.”

This little book is packed with information on how to find or harness your own Ikigai and how to let it help transform your life. It’s slow and gentle pace doesn’t try to encourage you to change over night rather inspire you to seek out the best version of yourself that you can be. A beautiful and compact book that is perfect for fans of hygge.

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Windfall by Jennifer E Smith

“Alice doesn't believe in luck, Alice believes in love. Mostly that she's been in love with her best friend, Teddy, for the last three years. When she buys him a lottery ticket for his birthday and he wins 32 million dollars, they are thrown together with the world at their feet. Teddy decides that he will spend his money committing random acts of kindness, and who better to go on that adventure with him than Alice? In the process they get to know themselves and each other better than they ever have before, but money can't buy you love . . .”

Nothing would change your life more than winning the lottery, right? Well that’s what happens to Teddy and Alice in this sweet, fun and touching book. This book shows that even if your whole life and world change in the most dramatic ways possible, that you can still stay the same inside. Windfall will inspire you to be grateful for what you have and maybe buy a lottery ticket too.

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You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

“In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviours that stop you from getting what you want. Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW. Make some damn money already. The kind you've never made before. By the end of You Are a Badass, you'll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.”

If you don’t already own this book you probably know at least four people that do. It’s a book that has been passed around and shared more than any other in the last few years and it’s because it is really great. Jen has such a straight talking no nonsense approach to life that can’t help but make you feel fired up. She is kind and funny with her words and stories yet bold enough with her advice that she’ll make you want to take notes. Believe the hype, you are a badass is inspiring.

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This is where I leave you by Jonathan Trooper

 “Poor Judd Foxman returns home early to find his wife in bed with his boss - in the act. He now faces the twin threats of both divorce and unemployment. His misery is compounded further with the sudden death of his father. He is then asked to come and 'sit Shiva' for his newly deceased parent with his angry, screwed-up and somewhat estranged brothers and sisters in his childhood home. It is there he must confront who he really is and - more importantly - who he can become.”

Jonathan trooper writes with so much dark wit that you can sometimes forget that your reading about such a somber subject matter. Judd’s life is a mess and coming home to spend time with his family is exactly what he doesn’t need. We follow his journey back to happiness in the book and see that no matter what obstacle is put before you there is nearly always a way to get by it and Judd shows us there is normally a way to see the funny side of the darkness too. This funny, sad, uplifting and heartwarming book is a must read.

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