Raise your hand if you have read a personal development (aka self-help) book and it didn’t “work.”
I am right there with you, babe! In fact, the first personal development (I prefer that phrase) book that I picked up in 2015 was 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS-Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You Deserve also by Andrea Owen. 52 ways to live a kick-ass life. Guess how many of those I remember? Not one. Honestly, I am not even sure I finished the book! Does that mean Andrea did a crappy job of writing the book? Not at all! Does that mean I am lazy and wasted my money? Nope. I didn’t use the tools in that book for 2 reasons:
- I didn’t know I had to do anything other than reading the book.
- I didn’t know how to do anything with the information in it.
Since then, I have read, completed, re-read, and listened to multiple other personal development books, which I will share with you later. But still, I find myself feeling like shit! Why?!
I do yoga, I drink healthy shakes and tea, I diffuse essential oils, and I have learned to recognize when I am talking bad about myself to myself. So why do I still feel like nothing is changing?
Because it’s not enough. It’s not enough to read a handful of books and reverse nearly 30 years of bad habits. FINALLY, someone who is an expert in the field has recognized this! When Andrea Owen announced her second book, How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 Habits that Are Holding You Back from Happiness, I was excited just based on the title alone. I can stop feeling like shit in 2018? Sign me up! But then, Andrea offered a free book club to go through the book and actually implement what you read!
So my review of her new book will be very unique because it’s not based on me reading the book and telling you what I think. It is going to be a review of me reading the book, going through it with Andrea in her free book club, and telling you how I feel about the book after I actually learn how to implement the content. Starting next week, I will post four reviews (one per week) as I move through the book club and sections of the book. I want this review to highlight the difference between my experience just reading a personal development book and learning how to implement it in my daily life. The book club starts this Monday and I have already begun the first part of the book. My first thoughts? You can definitely tell a difference between her first book and her second. Andrea has absolutely developed as an author and a life coach and it shows. So if you were not a fan of the first book (like me), do not be afraid to pick up this one! Although I am not very far in, I can tell you I am already excited to keep reading and learn how to change the habits in my life.
Also, let me just say I do NOT personally know Andrea and I am NOT getting paid for this review in any way. This is simply for fun and for me to help other women (and men) learn how to USE personal development books vs. just reading them.
If you are interested in joining me on this journey, there is still time to join her book club! I would love to read it with you and chat about our experiences. The only catch, in order to join her free book club, you have to actually purchase her book! You can do so below!
Wish me luck!
XO – J