Just for Fun/ Life Lessons
January 22, 2016

Book Review: You are a Badass

As previously stated, I am entering 2016 with “good vibes only.” How is it going so far, you ask? Well, depends on how you look at things! One hobby provides me plenty of good vibes is yoga. I can’t wait until I can return to the mat, once recovering from my hip surgery.

One of my favorite yoga studios is Cape Cod Power Yoga (my parents live in Chatham and it was torturous recovering from surgery down the street from the studio). During one of the classes I took with owner Jill Abraham, she mentioned the book, You are a Badass, by Jen Sincero.  She quoted from it throughout the class, and the positivity immediately made me want to purchase the book.

I looked for the book at soooo many different book stores but couldn’t find it anywhere! I hate paying shipping costs, but I finally just gave in and bought it online.

Here are some of my favorite tidbits from the book that I would like to remember throughout 2016:

  • Practice mindfulness/being present: “The more practiced that you become at being present and connected. . .  the more available you are to download ideas and seize opportunities that you might miss out on if you’re all wrapped up in the endless chatter in your brain.”
  • The power of positive affirmations; in college I used to post these on my bedroom wall.
  • When making decisions in life, don’t think about what others think, but rather “1)Is this something I want to be, do, or have?; 2) Is this going to take me in the direction I want to go (not should go)? ; 3) Is this going to screw over [hurt] anybody else in the process?” It is easier said than done not to care what others think, but focusing on these three questions can block out that negative noise.
  • When starting a task, instead of ruminating over the perfect way to execute it, JUST DO IT, as Nike says. It is good to have a plan, but don’t waste too much time.
  • The power of a vision board. I need to make one!
  • Gratitude. Sincero explains, “Whenever anything excellent or mediocre or lame or annoying happens to you, meet it with the statement, ‘This is good because…’ and fill in the blank. Once you make this a regular practice, you’ll see how much easier it is to be in gratitude for much more than you realized.”

Overall, You are a Badass was not my favorite motivational/self-help book. I really enjoy reading memoirs, and call me crazy, but I would say that Bethenny Frankel’s A Place of Yes is my favorite motivational book. Whether you are a fan or not (I hardly knew who she was when I read it), her failures and triumphs will teach and inspire you.

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