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Reading this book will not change your life
February 6, 2018
I honestly believe this book can help every woman grow. Personally, it has helped me focus on the one person who is the LAST to get my attention and effort. Myself.
In each chapter, Rachel starts with a lie you tell yourself, provides examples from her own life illustrating it, then lists the tools she used (or wished she had) that help overcome the lie. She writes as if she's your bestie giving advice and sometimes tough love over a VLC (vodka la croix). She's honest, vulnerable and nerdy which I found made her stories endearing. The first chapter begins, "I peed my pants last week." She's not afraid to share embarrassing stories and an incredibly painful history to connect with readers. It all seems to stem from her passion for people to grow and an attempt to create a culture where women from all walks of life hold each other up rather than tear each other down. That's a world I want to live in.
Though Rachel is a Christian and I'm an atheist, I did not find her mentions of her faith to be overly preachy. Her advice does not depend on one particular belief system. For example, 5 to Thrive is practical advice for any person. 5 to Thrive has changed my life. The idea is that you do these 5 things every day for 30 days: 1. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water. 2. Exercise for 30 minutes. 3. Wake up an hour early using the hour for yourself. 4. Give up 1 food or category of food. 5. List 10 things you're grateful for from that day. Waking an hour early was the most challenging, but I found it was the most beneficial. Now each day I start feeling productive and ready for anything. My attitude has changed, my health has improved, and I'm more intentional with my family as a result of dwelling on my many blessings. After applying this strategy for more than 30 days, it's no longer a strategy but a lifestyle.
Ultimately, reading this book will not change your life. No person, no book, no thing can fix what is broken for you. Rachel writes, "Only you have the power to change your life." This book can give you the tools that you need to reach your goals and make lasting change to live your best life, but it's up to you to make it happen. She writes, "Please stop telling yourself you deserve this life. Please stop justifying a continued crappy existence simply because that's the way it's always been. Just as you've chosen to stay in this place for so long, you can choose too to get yourself out of it." It's what I needed to hear at this time in my life and I recommend this book to others who may need additional encouragement or direction.