You Are a Badass!
By Jen Sincero
I have been really into reading books about self-improvement lately as a result of the anxiety that I have dealt with since becoming a teacher in 2013. Unfortunately, I had a really rough first year teaching in a small K-8 school and ever since then I have had to learn how to deal with anxiety. On a quest to learn how to minimize negative thoughts and shift my perspective on life I have been reading a lot of self-improvement books.
One of my favorite things to do is go to Barnes and Nobles and look through all of the books in the self-help section. I make a list of books that look interesting and then I go to my local library to see if they have the book. Public libraries are such a great resource and taking a book out before you buy it can save you a lot of money! If I find a book particularly helpful I will then go out and purchase it.
While I was browsing at Barnes and Noble a bright yellow book entitled You Are a Badass caught my eye. This book looked so happy and inviting that I had to give this book a chance. I mean who doesn’t want to be a badass?
You Are a Badass is filled with information about how to make small changes that will change how you view yourself and your life. It gives you inspiration that you need to really go after things that you want from life. Jen Sincero talks about how things like changing your environment, making a vision board and surrounding yourself with other badasses can have a positive impact on your life.
What I really love about this book is that it all comes back to learning to love yourself and giving more of yourself to the universe. Jen makes points out throughout the book that practicing gratitude and giving back to others plays an important part in discovering your inner badass. Something as simple as “Leaving a dollar more or ten dollars more for a tip than you normally would” can send positive energy to the universe and have a profound effect on your life and others as well.
Throughout the book, there are also some actionable steps that can help you on your way to badassdom. Jen suggests building relationships with positive people, journaling and leaving mini notes with affirmations to yourself around the house for a pick-me-up. A recurring theme throughout is to stop playing small and trust that the universe has an important plan for you!
If you do decide to give this book a chance (I definitely encourage you to) I suggest getting a pretty journal and taking notes. It’s always nice to look back into my journal and reflect on my favorite parts of the book. I also put together an action plan of things that I want to accomplish after finishing the book. Reading You Are a Badass left me feeling encouraged and inspired to make some changes in my life. It was just the kick in the booty I needed to make some changes and go after the things I want (like building this blog).
If you feel like you need a little inspiration then I would recommend this book. Go ahead try it out and start revealing your inner badass!
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