This part of the review I already put up when I was putting my feelings out there about it before I fiinished it...You can skip down to where I edit my thoughts about this book...There probably won't be much added to it though. So, if you've already read this part, just skip down to where you see "EDITED THOUGHTS".
Went into this not quite sure what to expect and not really expecting to get past the first few pages. Glad I was wrong and stuck with it...It had my attention since the first page and kept it.
But, for those who haven't read it but may be thinking about it, don't go into it expecting it to be a tell all about her life, relationships etc. She doesn't give details of all of that...she basically speaks on the things she's learned through her life and how she learned them..What made her think about things differently..etc. It has me wanting to get into more autobiographies/memoirs again.
This is maybe the second book that I have picked up by someone that I am not a huge fan of but ended up coming out with a new outlook about that person (don't remember the first person right now)...It's not that I totally dislike her, because I don't, I can just say I am not a fan of her music..And I've enjoyed the movies I've watched with her in it..So, if I were a fan of anything she does, it would be her movies!
But I can say I was happy for her when she got married to Marc and had her babies..I remember wanting that relationship between them to work for her and for things to be easier and smoother for her in the relationship area..
Well, I can say that all of the above still applies & I can't really add much to it but I can say this book came into my life at the perfect time. It wasn't a coincidence. I believe this came to me because I needed it right here right now in my life. So many of the things she has talked about in this book I have felt and/or been through. I knew it was time for things to change in my life but didn't know how to do it; many times, I still don't and I am 40 years old as of this post.
It made me realize even more that although I do like myself, I don't really and truly love myself the way I should. If I did, there would be a lot of things I wouldn't tolerate, do or put myself through. She gave me a new hope in this book to make the changes in my life that I need to make, even when it's the most difficult. To seek that Clarity that I said I was going for in 2015 (I am reading the Holy Bible app that has devotions, and one of those devotions says to pick ONE WORD that will represent this year, and that ONE WORD is Clarity. Since I've been on my way to growing better as a person, I saw this ONE WORD "Challenge" as a way to ADD to my growth process).
This book was really and truly a confirmation for me that I am on the right path. I see the changes I have made in my life, but sometimes, I'd still beat myself up because I feel like I should be further along, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, etc., but I don't beat up on myself in many areas as much as I used to. And she confirmed that for me as well.
This book is still really raw in me right now and I'm not quite sure what's going to happen, how my life is going to change or what path my life is going to go on but I know that I have to do my best in that moment to push through what I'm going through and try to learn from it!
I said I didn't have much to add to it didn't I?!?! lol...But, if you read all of this, I thank you for taking time to do so!