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Monday, June 6, 2016

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

You are a Badass: How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesom life
by Jen Sincero
Running Press
ISBN: 978-0-76244769-5
Buy from Indigo

Description:  Bestselling author, speaker, and success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver. Full of blunt humor, sage advice, and the occasional swear word, You are a Badass offers its readers new opportunities for growth through 35 chapters of exercises, suggestions, and hilariously inspiring stories.

From "Fear is for Suckers" to "Your Brain is Your Bitch" these chapters provide enlightening lessons: How to stop doubting your greatness, how to love what you don't love about yourself, and how to tap into source energy to live a bigger life than you've ever imagined.

The Good Stuff

  • Truly inspirational without being hokey or in your face religious
  • The opening paragraph hooked me in right away, because, not going to lie, I felt the same way about self-help books
  • Felt like she was talking right to me on many occasions, like the fact about running away from uncomfortable interactions
  • Feel pumped up and ready to change - actually went and downloaded the audio so I will listen to it when I need it and to pass it on to a friend who needs it
  • Wise practical advice that I think most of us could benefit from 
  • Now this is the most important advice for me = do not waste your precious time givig one single crap about what anybody else thinks of you. AND. What other people think about you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them."
  • There is a chapter called "Your brain is your bitch"
  • Highlights the importance of forgiveness and how it makes you healthier - um certain parts of our world REALLY need to understand this 
  • Also emphasizes the need for compassion
  • I am awesome and will show the universe that I am awesome from now on - no more pity party and settling - I want more and I am going to go out and get it - first things first - my mission is to be out of debt!
  • This one I like because it was a problem I had with someone who didn't respect time - yup its my problem for being upset with her "You'll stop  being one of those rude people who constantly wastes everyone else's."
  • Millions of mirrors chapter is fascinating and really makes you take stock of yourself
The Not So Good Stuff

  • Not sure how I feel about the "source energy" seems a little too spirtual for MY comfort zone (not yours my comfort zone) but I can get behind having a positive outlook and humour to be healthier and more open
  • Also a little leery on the money aspects and wanting may not be enough - but I will open my mind
  • Um I used a Kurt Cobain quote and its a good one
  • Hell writing this review with spell check telling me certain words, weren't actual words - man spell check has no creativity & going to be hard putting quotes in certain review sites as all of the naughty language (and that pisses me off - swear words are wonderful and effective when used properly)
  • Damn it really is me, not you, that has to change 
  • I have Let it Go stuck in my head
  • Yeah some friends and family are going to have a hard time dealing with the changes I will be making - I am going to be looking out for me more and less making everyone else happy 

Favorite Quotes/Pages

"What little I knew about the self-help/spiritual world I found to be unforgivably cheesy; it reeked of desperation, rah rah churchiness and unwanted hugs from unappealing strangers, And don't get me started on how grouchy I used to be about God."

"All this is to say it's not your fault that you're fucked up. It's your fault if you stay fucked up, but the foundation of your fuckedupedness is something that's been passed down through generations of your family, like a coat of arms or a killer cornbread recipe, or in my case, equating confrontation with heart failure."

"Wanting to be something else is a waste of the person  you are." quote from Kurt Cobain

"We are all perfect in our own, magnificint, fucked-up ways. Laugh at yourself. Love yourself and others. Rejoice in the cosmic ridiculusness."

"You are not alone, screwing up is not your special skill. Get over it!"

4 Dewey's

Didn't have to review as I picked up the book because Jeremy Cammy recommended it and he rarely steers me wrong 

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