I’ve gotten quite a bit of feedback on social media that you all love to know what I’m reading and consuming, so I decided to make my own version of a book club – a “content club”. The “content club” will highlight some of the different content from books, podcasts, Netflix specials and more that I’ve consumed the past month.

If you know me well, you know that blogging is NOT my favorite medium, however, it is the best platform for something like this, so let’s set some expectations together:

  • Not every blog is going to be perfectly written. In order to actually get something published, I need to not send it through tons of versions of editing and nitpicking, so my writing will be a bit more off the cuff and brief. Long story short, I’m going to write as I talk.
  • If I share something here, I’m likely going to be sharing what the piece of content did for ME – and you’re welcome to consume it and have a different perspective or opinion.
  • If you’d like me to read something you’ve written, read or consumed, I’m open to it – just email me at amanda@mclernonandco.com with the subject line: Content Club Recommendation

Let’s do this!

 

What I consumed in March 2019:

 

1. The Universe Has Your Back by Gabby Bernstein (Audiobook)

Holy shit this book rocked my world so hard that I’ve listened to it fully twice. Yes, it’s a little woo-woo, no, I don’t care. (If you’re religious, swap the word “universe” for God.) It’s a brilliant way to look at the world and I genuinely believe that the universe does have my back. This book was especially helpful in teaching me to reframe the bumps and detours the universe has been sending me and see things with grace and compassion vs fear and anger. It’s also helped me forgive myself.

 

2. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek (Book)

This has been on my list for a long time and I decided to pick it up this month because I’m really focused on becoming a better leader this year. I love this book and the science behind having a great team fascinates me; the chemicals of dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin are SO powerful. Surprisingly, this book also made me think A LOT about politics after reading how communities/cities/countries that pull together and support ALL of their members, especially the weakest ones, statistically are the strongest communities. This is a must read for anyone who wants to grow in their personal leadership skills and wants to challenge the way that they think about growing a community.

 

3. Be Brave Be Real Podcast Episode 40 (Podcast), “The Numbers Game” – Dave Glaser

Ok full disclosure, I am the guest on this podcast episode, but I think it’s worth your time, especially if you’re:

  • Single and dating
  • An entrepreneur/business owner and dating
  • Learning to give yourself forgiveness, compassion, and grace, regardless of your relationship status
  • Bored and just want to hear my voice (lol)

But for real – Dave and I cover SO many important topics including

  • My current approach to dating
  • My fear of being alone and how I moved past it
  • How I moved through the shame and fear of the financial insecurity that came with leaving my relationship and how I got financially secure on my own. (Special shout out to my personal financial advisor Darcy for her help here.)
  • How to challenge and teach yourself to grow personally and professionally

How to learn to give yourself “a fuckload of grace”

  • How “eating, praying and loving” didn’t get me through my 5-year breakup and what did
  • How I finally learned to give myself grace and compassion to feel the harder feelings I was going through
  • How to “feel your feels” and be a badass at the same time

I’m DYING to know what you think if you listen, so feel free to shoot me an IG DM if you do listen!

 

4. Becoming by Michelle Obama (Audiobook)

I don’t care how you lean politically, this is a must read for every one of us. First of all, I learned things I had NO IDEA about from her upbringing/background, and it really helped me realize a perspective I’ve never experienced. Second, she’s just an all-around motivating human and badass. She’s brilliant at prioritizing what needs to get done, identifying how she can move the needle, and then executing with a smart team. She’s an incredible leader and knows how to delegate to make things happen.

 

5. The Rolling Stones Magazine (Print)

So admittedly I haven’t ever purchased a Rolling Stones Magazine before this, and I 100% bought it because of the photo on the front. (I plan on framing it.) The content in it blew me away. First of all, there’s a ton of badass women all around the world doing insanely badass things and this magazine pulled them all together. The Nancy Pelosi article was reason alone to read this. Phenomenal. My favorite quote from the article was after the journalist asked her:

‘As you look back on your legacy in the House, and at your career, do you have any regrets?

Nancy answered

“We don’t deal in regrets. What we deal with is, every situation is an opportunity…”

CHILLS. (Also, very similar to the view from Gabby Bernstein in the Universe Has Your Back book!!)

 

6. Nannette by Hannah Gadsby – Netflix Special (TV)

This special SHOOK me. I found out about this from the Rolling Stones article and when I started watching I was at first, charmed by the comedian’s Australian accent, then quickly pulled in to her message by her perfect storytelling. This is more than comedy – it’s deep and it’s impactful and full disclosure, I cried during it. I’ve linked to a USA Today article that explains it better than I can but honestly just start watching it and let yourself experience this new art form that combines comedy, self expression, storytelling, social justice and trauma.

 

7. Shrill, Hulu (TV)

They hype is worth it. This show calls out some seriously important issues around body image and I’m finding myself binging my way through the first season. I want to scream YASSSS at the screen as the main character, Annie finds her voice.

 

Ok friends, that’s all I want to highlight for this month. To give you a teaser into next month, I have the following books on my to-read list right now:

Extreme Ownership by Jocko willink and Leif Babin 

Radical Candor by Kim Scott

If you don’t already, follow me on Instagram and watch my stories to see what I’m currently consuming as I consume it. (Weird sentence, right? Whatever.)

Amanda