Reading is one of my favorite hobbies and ways to pass time on the beach, on a long road trip or as a way to wind down before bed. If we’re being honest, I really love a good “self-help,” book or motivational read. I really enjoy learning from others and applying lessons that I’m able to take away from their experiences. I’ll always be the first one to admit that I’m not perfect and there are areas of my life that could use some improvement in order to live each and every day to the fullest and not get caught up in the crap that doesn’t matter in the big picture of life and happiness.
I recently picked up “You are a Badass,” by Jen Sincero after eyeing the book for weeks on Amazon. It had been a while since I’d read that kind of book and it called out to me. Lately I’ve been doing some soul searching as I learn to navigate and balance my life as a mom, wife and business woman. I was looking for some advice on how to not get overwhelmed and find ways to deal with my anxiety of trying to accomplish it all.
This book was a great read for a couple reasons.
- Jen Sincero is a hilarious and witty writer. I found myself LOL’ing for real when reading this book. Her writing style is also very direct and clear. A lot of self help books can be overly wordy or vague. I really appreciated her calling out major lessons in large text and breaking down steps in different areas of the book for improvement.
- She is real and authentic about her advice and lessons. She didn’t start out believing in all this imaginary world of self help and the power of the universe but through her experiences, she presents a modern day approach to how everything is connected, good energy and how to elevate your energy to live an exceptional life.
- It’s a quick read. It took me about 4 days to read this book and I am not a fast reader. Part of the reason I breezed through this book so quickly had a lot to do with the fact I couldn’t really put it down. I wanted to take in all the lessons and advice. My book is filled with a ton of pink sighted sections.
There is A LOT of content and advice in this book. For where I am in my life, here are some of the messages that hit me hard that I want to apply to my life as I strive to be more present and intentional with my time and energy.
- “Just see what you can get away with” – This point was great because so often we follow the rules we have set for ourselves or that others have set. What happens when we go outside of those rules and boundaries? What happens when we let ourselves get a bit uncomfortable? Let’s just see…
- “Faith is have the audacity to believe in the not yet seen.” – It’s easy to look around and judge where you are and your circumstances. But how do you move forward to the life that you want? Faith my friends is a muscle and you’ve got to flex it. Having faith in the bigger picture isn’t easy if you’re not used to having faith. Faith is something I want to practice more of instead of feeling fear when things seem uncertain in life.
- “Become aware of what your stories are.” – This is referring to those stories that stream in our minds that we’ve created over time. The “I can’t…”, “I always ….”, “I’ve never….” For me, I want to listen to those stories, find out how they are holding me back and rewriting them. This will also help me to identify where I am holding myself back and break through my own barriers.
- “Because so often when we say we’re unqualified for something, what we’re really saying is that we’re too scared to try it, not that we can’t do it.” – Man, can I get an AMEN for that? This is something I have always struggled with and I’m ready to put my foot down and say no more! I’m ready to stop doubting my abilities and skills and go for it. This feeling has plagued me for a long time and now that I see it, I’m going to stop feeing into that story of believing i’m not qualified or good enough.
I honestly could go on for days about the items and topics in this book. It’s SO worth the read and I think everyone could have some great take-aways from Jen’s words.
So, now I need a new book! I’d love to hear what you’ve read recently so please comment below!
Keep stepping friends – Jack