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5 Stories About Personal Growth To Inspire Your Own

Stories to lift your spirit and inspire you to live each day to the fullest.

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Here We Grow: Mindfulness through Cancer and Beyond by Paige Davis

When Paige Davis faces breast cancer at 38-years-old, she learns the importance of healing through acceptance. In her memoir, Here We Grow, Paige shares her journey of coping with her physical and mental pain using meditation, mindfulness, and mind-body disciplines.

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton

Wrongly arrested and charged with murder in 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton found himself facing the electric chair. And for 25 years, Anthony sat on death row. The Sun Does Shine tells of Anthony's long journey to his freedom in 2015, and how he inspired his fellow inmates despite his imprisonment.

This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today by Chrissy Metz

Before the red carpets and interviews that followed landing the role of Kate Pearson in This is Us, Chrissy Metz's life was far from Hollywood glamour. Growing up with her large, but broken, family in Florida, moving to Los Angeles was the first time she'd left home. Despite her lack of auditions, Chrissy stayed in L.A., hoping to one day prove to her family, and herself, that Hollywood would want her talent, no matter what she looked like.

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

Written by Terese Marie Mailhot on the notebook she was allowed in a mental hospital, Heart Berries is a raw and vivid memoir that sheds a light on the gravity of pain and distress those with mental health disorders feel. Suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder, Terese's prose is unique and unsettling as she recounts the trauma of her childhood on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest.

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya

The first six years of Clemantine Wamariya's life were spent running from the horrors of the Rwandan massacre, and the next six were spent surviving the terrors of refugee camps. When finally granted refugee status in the United States, Clemantine finds herself facing a different kind of survival than she did in Africa. She must navigate a world of Chicago prep schools in a fight for the American Dream, but even her success at Yale isn't enough to silence the pain Clemantine still feels from her childhood.

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