I requested a complimentary NetGalley copy of this book in order to review.
I used to do a lot of book reviews, but I’m much busier these days and therefore, have limited amounts of time to read for pure leisure. I do LOVE to read, I’m just way more selective of my choices. I currently have a pretty nice list of books I want to read, some in my mind, others piled up next to my bed. You will NEVER find an empty bedside table in my house. Even the kids have books by their bed.
It amazes me how many books I’m pitched on a weekly basis. I turn down about 99% of them now. It’s a rare selection that catches my eye and I ask for a review copy. One of those books that struck a chord with me several months ago was Embrace Your Magnificence, by Fabienne Fredrickson. I think it was the title that got to me. I was going through a lot of changes at the precise moment I was offered a NetGalley copy of the book. My mother was going through surgery, I had just started a new business, not sure if I was ready… or where it would lead me. I have a big fear of failure and starting anything new at my age scares me. Still… my children were growing up, one starting high school and another starting junior high. I was at a crossroads and knew that I needed a little push. From someone. Or something.
The tagline for Embrace Your Magnificence is,
“Get out of your own way and live a richer, fuller, more abundant life.”
Oh wow! That is EXACTLY what I wanted (needed) to do. I read the book… and was inspired by it. But I didn’t write about it until now. It was one of those things that I wasn’t quite ready to talk about. It is the kind of piece that is going to speak to everyone a little differently, depending on where you are currently in life, where you want to go, what road blocks are in your way.
I learned that most of my road blocks were simply ME. Fabienne was right… I needed to get out of my own way and realize that I have all the qualities, skills, willpower I need to get where I want to go.
The beauty of Embrace Your Magnificence is that each of the 12 Chapters focuses on a different life area. You can read straight through like I did (I needed help in ALL areas) or you can skip around to the chapters that you need guidance from day by day. There are a total of 72 inspiring lessons that will help you unlock your potential and find the path that you were meant to travel on.
It all starts with YOU. Or, ME, in this case. I have found that many of the books I’ve been reading lately have focused on taking care of myself first. It’s usually the last thing we think of when we’re a parent especially. The kids or the husband or the parents or the pets always come first. But really, our happiness (and the happiness of our family) completely depends on us focusing on our needs. What might sound selfish when taken out of context is really so important for our own well being.
For those of you feeling out of sorts, static in your jobs, unsure of what steps to take next, I would suggest following Fabienne’s words of wisdom. She’s been through all of it before. She wrote this book after living these lessons herself… starting out where many of us are (were) and by focusing on what she needed… she was able to grow her business, have a happier family life, and prosper. Yep… that’s what I definitely need to do.