Here’s a list of some phenomenal books that truly helped me learn, grow, heal, move forward, and attract true love. The only thing we can control in life is our mindset. Reading helps us strengthen our mindset and transform our current beliefs. Reading these books helped me grow stronger and helped me learn to walk away from toxic situations, helped me learn to prioritize self-care, and helped me ultimately find love within and attract the partner of my dreams. 

Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Greg Baer, Real Love

Melody Beattie, Beyond Codependency: And Getting Better All the Time

Melody Beattie, Codependent No More

Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go

Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place

Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Brené Brown, The Power of Vulnerability

Rhonda Byrne, The Secret

Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit

Rick Carsen, Taming Your Gremlin

James Clear, Atomic Habits

Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life

Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

Madeline L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open

Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book that Changes Lives

Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking

M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

David Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big

Jessica Shepherd, A Love Alchemist’s Notebook

Marci Shimoff, Love for No Reason

Florence Scovel Shinn, The Game of Life and How to Play It

Florence Scovel Shinn, Your Word Is Your Wand

Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth

Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

Eckhart Tolle, Practicing the Power of Now

Marianne Williamson, Illuminata: A Return to Prayer

Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

Marianne Williamson, A Woman’s Worth

John Wooden, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

These books helped me create the belief that finding love after divorce was possible. Reading and writing daily helped me create the strategies and the beliefs that led me to become the person I wanted to BE and attract true love. Reading helped me create my soul mate list in a way I could edit it daily and focus on becoming that person I described.


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Show It Off Podcast - Gifts of Ending the Toxic Relationship Pattern with Author and Former Single Mama, Karen Stanley

She’s back! Mrs. Karen Stanely was our guest in Episode #50 and the response I received from her story and her message was nothing short of massive. Last time she shared how she went from shame and guilt to self-love and ended up attracting the man of her dreams. This time, she shares the gifts and value of inviting a partner into your single mama house and becoming someone’s partner.

After heartbreak and dysfunctional relationships, it can be hard to open our hearts again. This is why I think it is beautiful to hear Karen’s story and see her example of someone who has overcome abuse, heartache, who was a single mama for eight years, who learned to fall in love with herself and her life AS IS and ended up creating a new love and new life for herself and her children.

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Show it Off Podcast - Overcoming struggles and Cultivating Self-Love to Attract Mr. Right

If you desire love, romance, and a relationship that can be compared to The Notebook, this episode is for you.

If you can’t even imagine how to date or integrate a man into your family dynamic as a single mama, this episode is for you.

If you struggle with sticking with commitments you make to yourself, if you don’t know how to ENJOY being a single mama, or if you want to finally have a positive mindset, this episode is for you.

In Episode #50 of The Show It Off Podcast, Empowering Single Mamas your host, Sarah Fay Schaaf interviews Mrs. Karen Stanley, a former single mama, and author of the book, Becoming Mrs. Stanley: The Single Mom’s Guide to Attracting Mr. Right.

*Which is on the Show It Off Book Club reading list–so keep an eye on the Show’s Instagram page to join that.*

Karen is funny, a great storyteller, and a beautiful example of authenticity, a high-vibe mindset, and unapologetic self-love.

Karen is also a contributing educator on the
Empowered Single Mama’s online course which is available for purchase on the next full moon, July 5th, 2020.

Find more good stuff at: www.empoweredsinglemama.com
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Crushing Your Fears Podcast - Overcoming Fears of failure and fears of being Vulnerable after divorce and trauma


Michael speaks with Karen Stanley about her journey through her fears of failing (again) after divorce, foreclosure, and bankruptcy to emerge to write her new book “Becoming Mrs. Stanley”.

Everyone who hears the story of finding true love tells us it gives them hope. They tell us we need to tell more people our story, people who might think it’s too late to find love. That’s why I created this website, started a blog, and wrote Becoming Mrs. Stanley. For many years, I wanted it, but I didn’t really believe it was possible. Now, I want every single person out there looking for a long-term relationship to know that you CAN find true love! Amazing, wonderful, kind, caring, compassionate, successful, single people of all ages DO EXIST, and I believe everyone can find love again.

About the Crushing Your Fear Podcast

Michael is an Entrepreneur who has started multiple revenue generating companies both in the US and Europe. He currently hosts two Podcasts (Crushing Your Fear and Craft Beer Storm) and has learned to conquer Fear through leaving the past behind, learning from it and adopting Gratitude and a Positive outlook for the future.

On his Crushing Your Fear Podcast, Michael explains “We live in a Society of Fear. Everywhere we turn, fear is there. Most people we know are affected by fear in one form or another. We ourselves are consumed by fear – we cant move forward – we wont take chances – we “fear’ what others may “think” of us – and on and on and on. Enough! There is another way. We explore different areas in society, flush out the manipulation and empower you to overcome fear. Our guests are experts and give you the insight and tools needed to identify and conquer fear. So join us and Crush Your Fear…”

Website: www.crushingyourfear.com
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Twitter: @crushingfear
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You Tube: Crushing Your Fear Podcast

Just F-It Podcast - Confidence with Karen - Strategies for cultivating self-confidence

This episode is from a recording we had on our LIVE show, The Mod3rn Fitness™ Network!

We brought back one of our favorite guests, @theofficialmrskarenstanley! Her previous podcast episode with us grew so QUICKLY, we knew we had to bring her on to the LIVE version of the show.

Be ready to take some notes because Karen shares TANGIBLE TIPS for you to increase your confidence! There’s so much gold and VALUE in here that you’ll end up listening to it more than once!

Enjoy the show, and have a great Friday! Make sure you rate and review us on iTunes and tell your friends about what you’ve taken away from listening to the show!

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Just F-it Podcast - Transforming your beliefs to transform your circumstances

Mrs. Karen Stanley is an entrepreneur, professional Mezzo-Soprano, and former single mom who spent over two decades running marketing businesses and performing around the country.

During the eight years prior to her last first date with her husband John, she experienced the ups and downs, joys and challenges of raising two children as a single parent. Through her personal metamorphosis, Karen purged the negative self-talk and replaced it with the positive values of self-worth that she knew she and all women need as a foundation.

Mrs. Karen Stanley proved that finding true love is a reality, not a fleeting romantic notion. Her strategies in her book Becoming Mrs. Stanley will serve as a guide to help women achieve the love they deserve.

This episode is POWERFUL because I know many of us continually battle with limiting beliefs. It was an honor having Karen on the show and listening to her stories and experiences that formed her identity today!


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