You Are A Badass

You Are A Badass is a book I’m going to read over and over again, and I never do that with books. I have never had such a quick read where has incredible, powerful, eye opening advice. Not only does she provide so much great information, she is also funny. I would be so deep into a chapter really taking in the words on the pages, and suddenly laugh out loud. I have already suggested this book to my family and multiple friends–and their reactions were exactly what I expected.

I was originally drawn to this book because I kept seeing it pop up everywhere I went, a few of my favorite yogis had read and praised it, and when I looked it up to read what it was about I immediately went to buy it. The sabotaging thoughts we have about ourselves and our dreams can drown us in depression and fear. The doubt we have about chasing after what we really want because of what other’s think and say plays way too big of a role in our lives. Jen Sincero shares her stories, mistakes, and how she made it where she is today with pure honesty and humor. I know we can all relate to a few of her stories and benefit from this brilliant book. I promise by the end of the last page, you will have more motivation than you’ve ever had to go out and face whatever it is you’ve been avoiding.

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Present over Perfect

Confession: I live life at 2895702384 mph. I struggle with always responding yes to people when my body is begging me to say no.

I was 6 pages into this book and already started to wonder why I didn’t find this book last year when I was truly exhausted and struggling. Better late than never though, right? During every yoga practice and meditation session I constantly work on being in the present moment. It sounds so incredibly simple but it’s the hardest thing for me. If I’m busy and constantly running around I feel like it takes my mind off of all life stressors. I quickly learned how much I was actually harming myself instead of helping.

I started meditating after I had my first 2 panic attacks. The first one that I had I honestly had no idea what it was. It didn’t last long and it was absolutely horrible, but I just put it off as something weird happening and moved on. I had my second attack less than a week later and decided to give meditation a try. It’s something I will always have to work on, but I have gotten to where I can sit and be present for about 10 minutes. When I first started I couldn’t even go 7 seconds. My brain is constantly thinking of things that either happened weeks/months/years ago that I just can’t seem to let go of, or either it’s weeks/months/years into the future creating situations that aren’t even real. I constantly think of things I have to get done and things I should get done. Shauna Niequist helped me realize the importance of rest and me time.

Society really seems to glorify exhaustion and set this standard that we should be this individual who is always there for people, can get anything done in a reasonable amount of time while smiling, keeping the house clean, bills paid up, laundry done, seeing everyone in your life, and doing everything everyone asks you to do. BLAH! I’m tired even typing that. That was my life last year, and to be honest it’s still my life. I have slowed down a little but not as much as I need to. Slowing down and being present doesn’t happen overnight (unfortunately). We don’t have to be perfect, we don’t even have to portray to be perfect. We don’t have to care what other people think of us or what their opinions are.

Who cares that you aren’t perfect. There is no need to try and rule the world and be superwoman/superman just so others will see it. More importantly, your body and mind don’t need to go through it. This book is incredible, and it really helped me because I don’t feel like I’m the only one struggling with this anymore. It’s important to honor your body when it’s telling you it needs rest. Instead of being at some social gathering you felt you had to be at because you couldn’t say no, stay at home with your significant other or by yourself wearing some sweats and drink a glass of wine. Be mindful, be present, be blessed, and be proud that you aren’t perfect.

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Big Magic

This book is hands down a must read for every single person. Elizabeth Gilbert has always been an inspiration, but this book will help push you right over that mountain of fear or doubt. I love how she goes into her personal struggles and isn’t afraid to talk about them. I actually started reading this book when I was in the middle of going back and forth to start a blog and being frustrated with my lack of technology skills. I can honestly say this book is the main reason I decided to actually go through with this.

I was chatting with my sweet Mama on the phone (I call her about 83 times a day) about how I couldn’t believe how fast life is actually going. I can’t believe I moved to a city knowing hardly anyone, fell in love with my best friend, graduated college, married him, adopted 2 dogs, bought a car, and currently in the process of buying a house. Who am I?! I’m still 11 years old inside. I pray everyday that God leads me down the path I’m supposed to take. I believe there will come a day where I’m excited to get up in the morning and take on whatever it is I’m doing. My career will be something I love, I just haven’t quite figured it out yet (and that’s okay).

Big Magic is a great read for people who want to live creative lives, and start something new and scary. Failing is apart of the journey and we have to embrace that. Her story of becoming a successful writer is so encouraging. We look at successful people who have jobs we could only dream of having and think it just happened for them. This book is encouraging to take that first leap of faith and see where it takes you. I highly recommend this book to everyone, even if you’re already happy with what you’re doing. Life is so short, and I refuse to do something for 40+ years that doesn’t truly make me happy. Fill your life with positive/supportive people, prayer, and have a mindset just as big and strong as your heart….and we will all find that happiness.

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