14 audiobooks to make 2022 your best year yet

14 audiobooks to make 2022 your best year yet

In Reading Lists by G.G. Andrew

14 audiobooks to make 2022 your best year yet

On the heels of holiday celebrations, many of us are eager for New Year’s and all it represents: a chance to start fresh, tackle new goals or revive old ones, finish knitting that scarf or run a 5K. Whatever you resolve to do in the new year, having a helpful or inspiring book in your earbuds will help motivate and guide you on the journey. Listen to these personal growth audiobooks on Scribd while knitting or running that 5K on the treadmill.

Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman

Despite our lofty goals, most of us will only be alive for about four thousand weeks, give or take. No pressure, right? In this sanity-saving bestseller, Burkeman explains how to rethink the concept of time and focus on what matters most. The British author narrates the audiobook in a clear tone filled with understanding and good humor. Listening may help you decide what’s most important to you in the new year.

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If you’re in a slump — and, let’s face it, the pandemic has landed many of us there at times — this audiobook will help jumpstart your ability to think more positively about your life and choices. In it, you’ll hear how old habits and ways of thinking could be holding you back — and how to break through the negativity with seven crucial choices you can make to create a happier, more successful 2022.

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Near the top of many of our to-do lists is to clean and organize the stuff in our home. Needless to say, it can be overwhelming. As you crack open that closet door, put on this audiobook. Author Dana K. White’s warm narration is like a best friend talking you through the process of getting rid of your junk — but in a realistic way that respects the fact that you’re busy and life is always in flux.

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Dedicated by Pete Davis

In some ways, many of us have too many choices nowadays — too many streaming movies, too many potential jobs or hobbies, too many activities tugging on our time. According to Dedicated, we’re stuck in “infinite browsing mode,” and it’s leading to indecision and anxiety. The solution is to make a solid, sustained commitment in your life, whether it’s to a meaningful career or a worthy cause. This audiobook propels you into action in the new year.

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The 30-Day Money Cleanse by Ashley Feinstein Gerstley

Looking to improve your finances in 2022? Start tackling it now by listening to this audiobook that invites you to take a month to become aware of your spending, break bad habits, learn investment basics, and more. Sound intimidating? It’s not. If you don’t believe us, listen to Publishers Weekly, who called The 30-Day Money Cleanse a “cheery and easy-to-follow guide to creating a healthy personal relationship with money.”

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Live Free by DeVon Franklin

New York Times bestselling author Franklin is here to help you overhaul your attitude in the new year — by telling you to ditch your expectations. In the author’s personable and emphatic narration, he explains why your expectations of relationships, events, and career progress could be causing your negative emotions. Focusing on where you’re at and what’s actually happening will help unlock your ability to appreciate the here and now, in this new year and beyond.

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Find Your Path by Carrie Underwood

No list of personal growth audiobooks for the new year would be complete without a book about health, since eating better, exercising more, and losing weight are evergreen New Year’s resolutions. But this audiobook, written and narrated by singer Carrie Underwood, makes the process more enjoyable, as we’re treated to an insider’s peek at a star’s life alongside practical nutrition advice, recipes and meal plans, and workout suggestions — including Underwood’s own “Fit52” workout using a deck of cards.

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The Power of Ritual by Casper ter Kuile

If you want to infuse your secular life with more spirituality, this audiobook helps you see that being intentional and mindful about regular activities like reading, gratitude journaling, and even CrossFit can provide the peace, connectedness, and wisdom our soul craves. You don’t have to tell us that reading is good for us, but if you’re looking for a reason to make room for this and other nourishing activities, you could do worse than listening to author Casper ter Kuile’s contemplative British voice.

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No Pain, No Gaines by Chip Gaines

Sometimes achieving our goals requires more than a little hand-holding — it requires a kick in the butt and a community. Enter HGTV Fixer Upper host Chip Gaines, who narrates this tough-talking audiobook about the power of working hard and surrounding yourself with a network of people to support and help you. Publishers Weekly hailed the book as “insightful guide to forging authentic human connection” with tips for building your own supportive community.

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Retire Inspired by Chris Hogan

Whatever your age, if you’re looking towards retirement or want to get your finances in order, this audiobook is a must-listen. In it, financial advisor and former radio show host Chris Hogan shows you how to determine how much money you’ll need to retire comfortably — and the sound strategies, including investment advice, that will aid you in reaching that goal. For even more inspiration, pair it with Hogan’s audiobook Everyday Millionaires.

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Do It Scared by Ruth Soukup

You might know what changes you want to make in the new year, but anxiety is holding you back. If that’s the case, listening to Soukup's lively narration will help you to examine and conquer your fears. According to Soukup, everyone has a personal “Fear Archetype,” and discovering this alongside adopting new beliefs and an action plan can lead to dreaming, and achieving, bigger goals.

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Create by Marc Silber

If you’d like to be more creative this coming year — whether it’s through painting, photography, or penning a short story — plug this audiobook in for some juicy motivation. You’ll hear successful creatives from all walks of life share their best strategies and tips for getting in touch with creativity. Along the way, you'll learn to banish self-doubt, get inspired, collaborate with others, share your art, and more.

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Ready to make a career change in 2022? Author Ken Coleman narrates this guide about how finding your dream job is all about surrounding yourself with the right people — but not in the uncomfortable ways we often associate with networking. Making authentic, lasting connections, Coleman argues, can help us stand out, ace our interviews, and continue to develop even once we’re in our ideal careers. 

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The In-Between by Jeff Goins

It’s an uncomfortable truth that many of us will ditch our New Year’s resolutions by March, if not sooner. Before you throw in the towel, it’s worth listening to Goins’ audiobook, which reminds us that change is slow — even painfully slow in our instant gratification culture. Blending Christian beliefs with a Zen attitude, Goins helps us appreciate the relatively ordinary moments in-between big changes or events in our lives.

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About the Author: G.G. Andrew

G.G. is a freelance writer as well as an author of romance and women's fiction. A Texas transplant, she lives outside Houston with her husband and two sons, both of whom are on the autism spectrum. In her spare time, she enjoys browsing bookstores, yoga, paper crafts, themed food, swimming, and anything related to Halloween. She's probably drinking tea right now.
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