I have been inspired by many books along my journey, and a few have an extra special place in my heart. Here’s a fun tidbit about my reading habits – I read all my fiction on my iPad, but I only read nonfiction in paperback or hardback so I can underline and fold down pages. I love flipping through later to see what quotes and passages stuck out to me. It’s my fun rainy day activity! This is what Ali Katz reads.

Soul-Centered: Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks with Meditation by Sarah McLean

I attended the McLean Meditation Institute to get certified as a meditation teacher. I picked this academy because of Sarah and her philosophy and teaching style. She is my inspiration when it comes to making the concepts of meditation and mindfulness feel really relatable and doable, which I believe is what sets me apart as a teacher and writer.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

This book is basically a recipe for living a happy life. I reference it often to clients and use the tools myself daily! It’s funny, I read it when it first came out years ago, but I wasn’t ready for it. When I read it again during my meditation teacher training, I was like, “this is the best book ever!”

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This book was instrumental in me opening up to the Universe, my place in it, and accessing the strength I had to follow my dreams. It helped me to understand that we are each on our own unique journey, and my job is to follow my own path.

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

A Return to Love opened me up to new concepts, and a new way to view the world. Releasing fear and embracing love was a message that I gravitated to, and Marianne breaks these ideas down into digestible pieces that make sense in the mind and the heart.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W.

So much of my personal journey of transformation and the growth of my business and career has been about embracing authenticity and self-compassion and releasing judgment and fear. Brené’s work gives us the tools and the mindset to make this a reality.