Since we last talked must-reads, I finished This Beautiful Life and it was meh. Moving on…
I have just started My Life in France, Julia Child’s memoir of her years abroad with husband Paul, and so far, so very good. It’s not only a joy to engage with Julia’s timeless voice, but it’s so inspiring to learn about how she basically started her entire career at the age of 37 (a full TWO YEARS AWAY for me!). I often pigeon-hole myself and my dreams into thinking I am old, it’s too late for innovation, there is no time to start anything new…and Julia is proving me wrong. Oh, and I have finally come to admit that food and cooking are two of my greatest passions. Who knows where it came from, but it’s there. It’s time to embrace it.
Which leads me to the other recent read I want to tell you about: A Place of Yes.
Yes, a book by a Real Housewife.
You guys, I know what you’re thinking. I know what I was thinking. I borrowed this book from the library on a whim because hey, library books are free. And now I want to buy a copy for every girlfriend in my life.
Here’s the thing with Bethenny – whether you love her or hate her (I sort of love her, but have my hate moments) she has a candid, no BS approach to life and success that is nothing short of inspiring. Ok, granted I skipped the chapter on relationships because a) mine is fine and b) clearly hers isn’t…(she wrote this book when she and her husband were still madly in love and I am sure there are LOTS of regrets on that front) but her advice on career, personal struggle, goals, going after your dreams and being your own biggest cheerleader is easy to read and more importantly, easy to put into practice. I found myself ear-marking page after page and sharing passage after passage with my visiting sister and both of us nodding furiously in agreement – yes, Bethenny. Yes, yes, yes.
Next up is another “self-help” style with a decidedly non-Housewife air about it: Gift from the Sea. I posted the cover on Instagram and people immediately started praising it. The women at the library all said it was a must-read (funny, they didn’t say the same about Bethenny). I will be sure to share my thoughts with you here, but in the meantime…don’t underestimate the Housewives 😉
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