As you probably know by now, I LOVE challenges. I also love to read, but for the past few years, I've been telling myself that I am too busy, which is nonsense- you make time for things you care about. So, I decided to start my own book challenge (complete with prizes for 5 people!) to push myself to read more and have fun with like-minded people.
It's done through GoodReads, so if you don't have an account, it's quick and easy to make and you can request to join my group/challenge! I won't deny you, I just want to keep track of who is in the group and I don't want people to be in the group and just sit there, so usually if you have to "request," people take it more seriously. All of that is my hope, anyway.
There is absolutely NO pressure - all I'd like is for everyone to make some time to read (whether that's once a day, once a week, whatever) and to have FUN! And there's also an extrinsic motivation by way of prizes (likely giftcards). When you read a book, you can likely fit it into one of the 15 categories I have, and each category is worth an amount of points, and you bank your points and total number of books read. You can read more about it here, and I hope you'll find it as exciting as I do!
Onto the You Are a Badass book review:
At 244 pages of content, this book took me roughly 6-7 hours to read... and I give it a big thumbs up. I LOVED the author's voice throughout (Jen Sincero)- it really made the book digestable and light. You can re-read this text several times for the specific season of life you're in. It has 5 parts, 'How You Got This Way,' 'How to Embrace Your Inner Badass,' 'How to Tap into the Motherlode,' 'How to Get Over Your B.S. Already,' and 'How to Kick Some Ass.' It is further organized by 27 (fairly short) chapters, so if you really need some advice on money management or how to avoid procrastination, you can go to those specific chapters.
"If you're serious about changing your life, you'll find a way. If you're not, you'll find an excuse."
The overarching theme was: LOVE YOURSELF! Although seemingly obvious, it's something that can often be overlooked, and really is at the core of everything. Another theme was 'change your mindset' (which I love, and I'm an advocate for... well, I'm also an advocate for self-love). In the few short weeks that I've decided to make an honest change to my thinking, I feel and I act so much better- I'm more positive, gracious, and filled with gratitude. So, I've seen it firsthand, and I know that there's room for me to grow with it just from reading this book. You have to envision the things you want to happen, and they will happen. Where there's a will, there's a way. (also big themes in the book)
"So often, we pretend we've made a decision, when what we've really done is signed up to try until it gets too uncomfortable."
I hope that you will love this book as much as I did- it's an easy read over a few days, or a great 'sit-on-the-couch-with-a-cup-of-tea-on-Sunday-for-a-few-hours-read.' Have you already read it and implemented some of Sincero's suggestions?
"Imagine what our world would be like if everyone loved themselves so much that they weren't threatened by other people's opinions or skin colors or sexual preferences or talents or education or possessions or religious beliefs or customs or their general tendency to just be whoever the hell they are."
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