My journey home is such a raw, honest and inspirational story. It follows Hannah’s struggles with rape, homelessness, mental health struggles, and a journey to find her love of surfing.
From the moment I started this book, I knew that it was going to be a hard-hitting story. I was left feeling shocked and changed after finishing the book. It breaks my heart to think that someone has been subjected to things so cruel.
This book is a true testament to the strength and greatness that Hannah has. To overcome the struggles and challenges that she has is just remarkable.
Reading about how Hannah’s journey started and what started as such an innocent friendship that quickly turned, and I think it’s fair to say, destroyed and tore Hannah’s life apart.
Despite bringing tears to my eyes, My Journey Home is an inspirational read and I would strongly recommend it for people to give a read.
Today I would like to share with you a book called The Smart Girls Handbook. I got gifted this last month by the team over at Trigger Publishing to write a review once I had read it. I knew immediately from the moment that I received the press release that this was a book I would love. I certainly wasn’t wrong!
I just love how motivational and inspiring Scarlett’s words are throughout this book. It truly is a testament of the use of positive affirmations and striving to better oneself to succeed in their chosen medium. She talks about anything from toxic friendships (I’m sure we’ll all been in one of those) building confidence finding your passion and things in life you really care about.
Her discussions about overcoming anxiety and dealing with the fear of failure was something that really resonated with me. I myself struggle with anxiety and often find myself in a downward spiral of anxious and intrusive thoughts. This book not only offers a first hand experience of these types of occurrences but offers strategies in which to help deal with these events when they occur. For instance, the 5 sense rule which includes sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Acknowledging items and activating those senses can really bring your mind and body back to the present. Anxiety has a way of throwing you into anxious thoughts of the future and tearing away at parts of your past. I’ve been using this 5 sense rule method over the past few weeks and it’s been working wonders for my anxiety.
The concept of the 5 rule exercise presents not only a way of relieving anxiety but as Scarlett writes about in this book it’s also a way in which to dream big! I don’t know about you but from about the age 13, I knew I wanted to do something I truly loved. Although I’m not quite sure if I’ve found that something yet, this 5 rule exercise is a great tool for making that first step to understanding what’s important.
There are some really great sections within this book regarding comparison in relation to confidence, she also goes on to talk about the importance of celebrating yourself. This truly is a celebration of womanhood within a book, it makes me so proud to be a woman in the 21st Century, knowing that I can do and be anything I choose to be.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to better themselves whether that’s their mental health or been a bad ass boss!