Our February 2015 Book Club book was “52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS-Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You Deserve” by Andrea Owen
Category: Personal Growth/Empowerment
I chose this book because I am a big fan of Andrea Owen. I heard her as a guest on a podcast and loved how candid she talked about her eating disorder, past drinking issues, about life as a “recovering perfectionist”. She has a bit of a potty mouth and laughs at her own jokes, two things I love! So I started listening to her personal podcast called “Your Kick Ass Life” and was hooked.
I also love books that have short chapters, actionable steps, and real advice for real problems, and this looked to have it all!
The synopsis of the book on Amazon.com sums it up as…
A much-needed kick in the ass for women everywhere!
Like many women, Andrea Owen always lived life on the sidelines, watching each day pass by without ever catching a glimpse of the happiness she yearned for–until the day she had enough. She realized that she had to take action and step out of the box she had created for herself if she really wanted the best life possible. And now, as a celebrated life coach, she shows thousands of women how to take the reins, create an actionable plan for their goals, and finally reach their full potential.
In this powerful book, Owen guides you through her acclaimed strategies for creating a more fulfilling life. Each goal-orientated lesson empowers you to take control of the barriers that keep you from achieving the love and success you desire. From breaking the unrewarding cycle of people pleasing to dealing with unsupportive friends, this book approaches the problems you face with a candid look at why you aren’t satisfied–and how to fix it. Owen’s life-changing wisdom helps you uncover your self-limiting beliefs as well as push you out of your comfort zone by zeroing in on the most difficult issues. Never one to sugarcoat the truth, she holds you accountable for your actions while offering expert advice for knocking down that cynical inner-voice and loving yourself wholeheartedly.
With 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life, you will shut off your internal auto-pilot; kick empty expectations to the curb; and live a bigger, gutsier life.
The book is 219 pages long and has an index in case you want to skip ahead to you own issues or read about a specific topic first. I love that it has 52 chapters, so if you were really diving deep into personal growth, you could read one chapter a week and focus your week solely on that topic or issue and all that comes up. WOW! Powerful!!
The book was just as I had hoped, full of real world advice on real world problems. The book is specifically written for women and targeted my age group perfectly (35-45). And I always appreciate those who tell it like it is…or should be. She puts her own powerful spin on old school phrases like “get over it”, “just do it”, “let it go”, and “don’t be a victim” all of which are true, necessary, and important in creating YOUR perfect life.
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