Self-care. Such an important word and yet so often forgotten. Why? Possibly because we live in a harried world, trying to make ends meet while raising our families and taking care of our daily work and responsibilities. So when this book came along with a catchy title and an opportunity to reflect on my own self-care I was keen to read it. Here is a description of the book followed by my review.
Really Good F Words: Your Interactive Guide to Self-Care by Lorrie Forde
Published November 1, 2015
Softcover, 238 pages
Content Rating: G
Where are you on your priority list? A key question in measuring self-care. Uncover your own customized strategies for moving further up that list as you bring this thought provoking and interactive book to life around your own kitchen table. Connect with friends and get your sense of self back with doable self-care strategies.
Author Lorrie Forde invites you to break all the old rules about not writing in books—this one is yours to write in, reflect back on, and share as you choose. Make it work for you! This is not another thing to add to your ‘to-do’ list. Let the pages do the work and before you know it, you’ll be laughing with friends, reconnecting with your passion, and the envy of your peers as you figure out what ‘feeds you’ and where your ‘weak spots’ are. How long will it take till you’re using “F” words all the time and your cookie jar is overflowing? Analogies like this cookie jar and using really good “F” words help us to laugh at reality and a little laughter really can make all the difference.
Self-awareness is so important and I learned this as I fought my post-partum depression after the birth of my second child. It takes a long time to learn how to push those negative, destructive thoughts away and replace them with positive ones. Forde shows you it's possible. But you need to give yourself the possibility to think things through even when you would rather escape or accept that you just can't do what you dream in life. And this is what this book does; giving you the chance in a step-by-step approach to uncover your own customized strategies to move forward successfully in life.
It's clear that Forde wants to help people because this book is written as if a coach were guiding you, encouraging you along with good solid reasoning, inspiring quotes and sharing the stories of others who have learned the tools to get past internal and external barriers.
When I read on p. 39 Forde's mantra that "The best thing about a mind is that it can change," I knew this book was a gem. All my research on neuroplasticity says precisely the same thing and so does the Bible in Romans 12: 12, "...be transformed by making your mind over."
But apart from this, Forde's enthusiasm and joy for life comes through beautifully. Really good f-words, such as fun, family and friends are in bold throughout the text and subconsciously we assimilate them as we read. What a neat way to make us focus on these positive words!
This is a book that is not meant to just be read. It is meant to move you to action, to get you to think and ponder on how you deal with self talk and barriers that keep you stuck. It will help you develop self-awareness which is key to change. It's a book that can be referred to periodically especially during times in our lives when we experience life-changing events that we have a hard time coping with.
I'm currently using this book and I will continue to use it. I think it is an excellent guide for anyone suffering from depression, anxiety, self-doubt and inflicted self-guilt. Sound familiar? Give yourself a break and start truly taking care of YOU by looking inward. You are not alone.
Disclosure by Laura Fabiani: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not told how to rate or review this product.
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Lorrie Forde is a daughter, a mother, a sister, a grandma, and a friend. She learned the hard way that balance is her secret ingredient in the analogy of a full and healthy ‘cookie jar’.
During a twenty-five year career in post-secondary education and through her work as a professional Executive and Life Coach, Lorrie has gathered the research and the tools she needed to bring this book to life. “I believe everyone deserves to have a coach and this book was a way for me to make that possible. I invite my readers to have fun with the process and to trust that their answers will come—they always do.” Lorrie loves to fill her days with adventure and laughter. She enjoys her work and says, “I work hard but I work to live—I don’t live to work.”
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