Where do I even begin?
My best friend LB gave me this book as a birthday gift. Just based on the cover it looked like it would be at least funny/entertaining, but I’ve read a few books in the same vein so I set it aside while I worked on getting through my other book, Cutting for Stone.
Cut to Spring Break, and I toss it in my bag along with three other books because I always have grand plans for getting through a million books while I’m on vacation. I started out continuing on with Cutting For Stone, but considering it’d been months and I was still working on it, I probably should have realized I just wasn’t that into it. Instead of forcing myself to push through a book I wasn’t loving, I decided to switch to You Are A Badass. It seemed like a much more fun beach read.
The book is, expectedly, just as amusing as it is inspiring. Think Gabby Bernstein’s “spiritual girlfriends!” attitude mixed with blunt wit. Basically just my style.
There are five sections:
- How You Got This Way
- How To Embrace Your Inner Badass
- How To Tap Into The Motherlode
- How To Get Over Your B.S. Already
- How To Kick Some Ass
The general themes are letting go of limiting beliefs, positive thinking, trusting the universe (or God, or whatever you are into), getting over your fears, gratitude, living your life to the fullest, and loving yourself. Jen Sincere weaves in lots of personal stories and applicable lessons. Really it just makes you go, “oh dang!” and realize all these ways you could be living at an even higher level — happier, not holding back, chasing your dreams, and being in love with yourself and your life.
It’s the perfect mix of spiritual fru fru and realistic “get your shit together.” The book’s lessons work for anyone because we all have those nagging some-day dreams, and “I would, buts…”, and excuses for why we aren’t just the absolute best kick-ass versions of ourselves that we know we have the potential to be.
Within a few chapters I was already telling my friends about it. When it fell into the pool halfway through the week I was legitimately upset and considered going to a bookstore and buying a new copy right away. Instead I just laid it in the sun to dry for a while, and now appreciate that its funky shape is a memory of a wonderful trip. I was able to finish it on the drive home and am really sad that it’s over. I actually might just start it over again tonight, as it’s the type of book that deserves to be reread many times to keep up the motivation to kick some major life butt.
For me, personally, it brought up some major limiting beliefs and ways that I was holding myself back. It made me realize that some of the things I envy in other people or wish that I was able to do I’ve been resisting because of stupid thought processes and self-doubt. I have always felt like I could be doing amazing things, not in a conceited way, but in an “I feel like I can do better” way.
So I’m letting go of my fears. Who cares what other people think, so long as I’m living my truth, right? I’ve got some big plans to become my very best self, and at the moment I’m pretty determined. I’m just hoping that starting classes again tomorrow doesn’t squash my momentum.
Go buy You Are a Badass. More to come from me!