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* * * * * * * * * * * * * *<br/>Compatibility Stuff<br/>* * * * * * * * * * * * * *<br/><br/>This book might fit exceptionally well if you ...<br/><br/>- are 20 or 30-something<br/><br/>- are more on the girly side and/or like sweet, enthusiastic people<br/><br/>- haven't responded well to the whole "just pick yourself up by the bootstraps and fight harder and push through the pain" approach to self-help (maybe it was just off-putting or seemed too superficial a fix, or maybe you tried that and it actually backfired)<br/><br/>- can relate to having experienced highs and successes in life before crashing or falling into whatever situation that led you to this book<br/><br/>- are desiring a total life overhaul and not just some casual tips (it's her tone; someone looking for something more casual or purely practical/methodical may find it a bit too ... epic?)<br/><br/>- enjoy hearing from people with different life experiences than your own<br/><br/>- don't mind listening to the author talk about some occasionally hippie-like concepts (e.g., holistic living, mind-body connection)<br/><br/>- aren't necessarily looking for a story about rags-to-riches or exceptionally traumatic circumstances<br/><br/>- could use some CBT/positive affirmation-type stuff (just sort of occurs naturally in her writing and might actually be more effective because of it)<br/><br/>* * * * * * * * * * * * * *<br/>First Impressions<br/>* * * * * * * * * * * * * *<br/><br/>I'm only at Chapter 3, but so far, I am loving this book.<br/><br/>I've found many other books in this sort of self-help kind of category to be overly fluffy or markety or self-indulgent, but this one feels substantial and sincere.The author is relatable and has a very warm personality. Her narration kind of feels like how I would imagine it to feel if my best friend was a motivational speaker and wrote me a book to encourage me and walk through some tough stuff with me. <br/><br/>I love the way she shares about her past without being melodramatic. She shares it with self-awareness and a clear aim to use her story to help others (instead of just taking her book as an opportunity to talk about herself or advertise her brand).<br/><br/>I also love how understanding she is. I have found other self-help types of books to also be condescending or overly harsh and tell you advice you've already heard or maybe already know to apply (but just haven't been able/willing for whatever reason to implement) as if you don't know anything about life and are totally clueless and irresponsible, but Melissa's philosophy is very different; instead of starting by judging you, she talks about your potential and your value as a human being. She emphasizes that identities are not composed merely of our past hang-ups and actions and other experiences or even our greatest achievements but that there is more to us; this makes changing so much easier.<br/><br/>And often, in other self-help books, there will be author comments like "just get over it" or "just do it", but this author is much gentler and more tactful; she helps you help yourself figure out what is actually holding you back and helps you work out HOW to work past your demons in a healthy way (which includes facing those hurtful memories and thoughts instead of fighting or ignoring them) so that you can make a change that feels true to you and actually makes you happy and lasts in the long run.<br/><br/>She also has these checkpoints where she asks you to pause and reflect on some things before continuing; I've found them really useful in helping me to make the most of her words and apply them to my life.<br/><br/>Last but not least, her philosophy: It focuses on living life with a love-based perspective instead of a fear-based one. Something about it just clicks and feels like the stuff that people are supposed to say to you (but perhaps don't) when they try to help. It's refreshing and so therapeutic and just resonates.<br/><br/>All in all--great book so far. It is seriously the best self-help book I've ever read, and I really think this might be the book that helps me get to where I want to be! <br/><br/>If this book sounds at all like something that might be helpful to you, I urge you to check it out for yourself. It could truly change your life. :)
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What was most disappointing about Melissa Ambrosini’s story?
I honestly had high expectations for this book. I am not a huge self-help/development book person but this seemed right up my alley but the reason I don't go for these books was the exact reason I disliked this one. I felt like she talked about her struggles and issues that, really, every person can relate to. However, instead of truly giving any insight on how she's happier and more fulfilled she just recites her same little quote "becoming wildly wealthy, fabulously healthy, and bursting with love." Which to be perfectly honest, makes me want to puke and has literally no substance behind it. I may be coming off harshly, but if I am going to listen to hours of a book, I expect to get something out of it.Bottom line is that this is not a helpful book. I couldn't even get past the 2nd chapter because she kept babbling about things and basically repeating herself. It's a total fluff book with no true value underneath. I am sure this girl is living an amazing life and can be helpful, but probably more in a Youtube channel sort of way for teenage girls, than for a whole book for everyone.
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