We are not quite novels. We are not quite short stories. In the end, we are collected works.”
When I was a little girl I lived in books, stories and fairytales, which took me on endless adventures and carried within them a promise. Not a singular promise but hundreds of little promises cradled together to form a great hope. The kind that made you look to the future with wide-eyed optimism and anticipation. Even through times when the world showed itself to be cold and cruel, I took comfort in the beautiful possibilities of life and an unwavering picture of a future filled with adventure and wonderful people. It’s the beauty of stories. Continue reading “LIFE STUFF| Live Your Story”
“You have to be where you are to get where you need to go.”
In her memoir Yes Please, Amy Poehler shares stories from childhood, her career in comedy, along with stories and advice on different subjects such as divorce and self-confidence. The book is a collection of essays with inserts from friends and family. Amy uses her experiences to inspire and share what she has learned. It reads like a love letter to all the important and special people in her life.
I was pleasantly surprised with Amy’s openness and sincerity about her experiences, and that she uses this book to address issues we all deal with at some point in our lives, such as insecurity and fear. Her level of honesty is quite touching. Thank you, Amy Poehler. The first part of Yes Please is engaging and enjoyable, however it does slow down in the middle and towards the end. I feel it could have been edited down a bit as at a certain point it does seem to become laboured with too many different things thrown together. I love the overall message of Yes Please, and it is definitely a worthy read for Amy Poehler fans along with anyone looking for a little bit of advice and inspiration.
On a side-note, the book itself is surprisingly heavy. Be warned: your arm strength will be tested.
Favourite quote: “I didn’t know if I had the talent or drive, I just had a tiny little voice whispering inside of me. That same voice would tell me I would meet Carol Burnett someday, I would find love, I would be okay. We all have a tiny whispery voice inside of us, but the bad ones are usually at a lower register and come through a little clearer.”
“Begin where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Rachel Brathen is a yoga teacher and motivational speaker who shares daily messages of inspiration through social media. In Yoga Girl she takes us through her rebellious teen years, her struggles, how she came to embrace meditation and yoga, and how she was able to make a positive change in her life. Throughout each chapter are healthy recipes, step by step yoga sequences as well as beautiful photos.
Yoga Girl is an inspirational and uplifting book. Rachel not only shares her personal story but provides encouragement for others to move past their own struggles. The main points being to be kind to yourself, find balance in life, trust your journey, and to not let fear hold you back. The book is engaging, relatable and a really nice read. The recipes, yoga postures and photos are a great addition and add to the overall message. The structure of the book was a little awkward in spots where the “loving insights” section was inserted in the middle of the story section, which interrupted the flow of the book. However, it does not take away from the content in any way. Yoga Girl is inspirational and visually beautiful.
Favourite quote: “The thing about life is, you get what you need. Not what you want. And everything happens at the right time.”
“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have a choice.”
Our fears, anxieties and the stories we tell ourselves can leave us feeling stuck and frustrated. There are ways to recognize the things that hold us back and take control of our lives. Pema Chodron approaches this subject beautifully in her book The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times. In writing that is clear, concise and feels like a conversation with a dear friend, she provides a guide to recognizing our fears and moving past them. Continue reading “LIFE STUFF| Letting Go of Fear”
1. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” Continue reading “Top 10: Quotes to make you embark on an adventure”