Sometimes it takes a few choice and wise words to make you feel better about a situation, a relationship, or even just your day. That's why inspirational quotes are popular in social media--they help put things into perspective and somehow make you extra grateful for what you have in life. But, for us, these words become extra special when they are packaged into beautiful artwork like the books below.
With these books, you don't even need to start from page one. Open it in the middle or towards the end, and get ready for a surprising feel-good moment. It's a great gift for yourself, but also to any of your best friends on days when they just need a perk-me-up. No need for a special occasion. 1,001 Ways to Live Wild: A Little Book of Everyday Adventures by Barbara Ann Kipfer (Php799)
Got a stressed out mom friend? This little book of wonders is is filled with bite-sized motivational lists and musings. These are quick hits of inspiration to brighten even the gloomiest and stressful rainy day.
The whimsical artwork that decorate every page goes perfectly with the inspirational quotes and suggestions for things to do like “Try the new restaurant that everyone has been raving about” or “Mix a little foolishness with your prudence; it’s good to be silly at the right moment.”
A Mother is a Story: A Celebration of Motherhood by Samantha Hahn (Php899)
A collection of stunning watercolour artworks and powerful quotes, artist Samantha Hahn has created a book to treasure. “Creating this book, I wanted to see if it was possible to portray this shared experience of motherhood in all its glorious, messy beauty,” says Samantha in her introduction for the book.
“Deeply in love and deeply exhausted, exasperated and proud, worried and blissful – these feelings form their own special harmony and become the story of motherhood,” adds Samantha, showing just how deeply and profoundly she feels about being a mom.
It’s a book made just for moms who are looking to capture the words (and color!) that speak of the essence of motherhood. The illustrations stay with the reader and blend seamlessly with words that go straight to the heart. It’s uplifting and inspirational--it might even bring a few tears to your eyes.
Advice From My 80-Year-Old Self: Real Words of Wisdom from People Ages 7 to 88 by Susan O’Malley (Php799)
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Author, artist and curator Susan O’Malley asked people aged 7 to 88 years old what piece of advice their 80-year-old self would give their present-day self. The result is a hundred people--from the very young to the old--contributing, as Brain Pickings put it, “profound, playful and disarmingly sincere” answers.
Sadly, shortly before the publishing of her book, at 38 years old O’Malley died in the last week of her pregnancy with her twin girls, who also did not survive. This book is now her legacy, and her work lives on.
The book is a reminder to hold on to life and to live it the best we can. As one advice reads:
“This is a good moment Don’t forget this moment” -Elaine, 71 years old