August Book Club – You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Your book buddy Kristen, here, ready for another round of the Boho Berry Book Club!

In July, we read Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, and it clicked for a LOT of people in our Facebook Group. One of the biggest takeaways from the book I noticed come up over and over again in our group discussions was the concept of keeping promises to yourself. Not only because you’re worthy of being near the top of your priority list, but because when you break your own promises, you’re training yourself to expect that of yourself. No good.

But thankfully, the reverse is also true. When you keep your word to yourself and follow through on your goals, whether they’re long-term plans or everyday habits, you’re proving to yourself that you’re trustworthy. So you’re more likely to strive for change in the ways you want because you know you’ve done it before; that you can enlist yourself and that you’ll show up. That’s a big deal and a point that really resonated with our book club members.

So what nuggets will stick with us this month? And from whence will they come?

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This month’s book, as chosen by poll, is You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero!

This book is a personal favorite of mine, so I was happy to see it chosen by the group. I think it has a lot of potential to help us think about life and ourselves in new, positive terms that are sometimes practical and sometimes a little out there — and if you want to feel better, but it doesn’t seem to be spontaneously happening from inside, maybe it’s worth looking “out there.”

Now, I’ve noticed that the occasional strong language found herein (and in the title) has become a modern personal development trope, used as a “This ain’t your mama’s self-help” signpost to cleanse the cheesy, flowery sins of the genre’s past. But don’t let it put you off! The actual content of the book is really uplifting, with little exercises that you can fold into your everyday life and personal, relatable anecdotes that remind you of the capability of people to change. And from “people,” it’s a small hop, skip and a jump over to “you.”

I actually once taught a restorative yoga workshop peppered with quotes from You Are a Badass between poses. I also gave the book to a bunch of friends and family members this past winter after re-listening to the audiobook version and feeling like I wanted my loved ones to have a dose of this perspective. So now I’m happy to foist it onto a whole new group of friends on the internet! Come join us in the Boho Berry Book Club and enjoy.

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