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Le Chic Cocoon: 7 Steps to Creating your Selfish Space Paperback – September 20, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
After reading Jen Duchene's "Le Chic Cocoon," I get what Dr. Porat meant. Duchene's premise is that we all need to carve out a little space and time for ourselves -- and that the space should be beautifully reflective of who we are.
Drawing on her experience as a designer as well as references from literature and science, Duchene shows her readers how to create both a mental and physical space that will improve their lives. The space can be as small as a corner with a chair or as large as a patio or room; she has information on how to do it from small through gigantic and any size in between. Interspersed with anecdotes, literature and resources, the design elements are made entertaining in a way that a more technical tome could not possibly hope to match.
Le Chic Cocoon exists literally and figuratively. Build a nest within yourself to connect, and one you can revel in literally. I have already begun both. I highly recommend this book to women who struggle with self care, the guilt of being "selfish" and who need to reconnect with themselves to truly be of service to those around them. If I could give it a ten, I would.
With her book in hand, I reorganized my own space (actually my office) to put my most inspiring piece of art (a Rembrandt etching) right at eye level to remind myself that everything I create must be as close to Rembrandt quality as I, Juliet, can produce. And that everyone has an inner Rembrandt, a gift from God. It is up to each of us to step into our God-given talents and share them with humanity however possible. I had lovely candles (stuffed behind books), and photos (way too many) and glass art in the room. That glass was mostly standing in as paperweights that have to get moved all the time but it wasn't chic. Not at all organized. Certainly not peaceful... yet! But it will be. Now that I have a plan and now that I know the price of not doing this selfish pursuit of making a space work just for me.
"If each person in the world changes one person - themselves - for the better - wouldn't this planet be incredible?"
Yeah, Jen, it would. As you so poignantly put it, "when we touch the depth of who we are, we open our wings."
Thank you for this lovely book. It has opened my eyes, my heart and most importantly, reminded me to breathe OUT! Bless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tells us how women wearing multiple hats should ignore the world's expectation for each role, to instead go carve time and space (in the home or in the mind) without feeling... Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by L. Litzinger
Sitting down with Le Chic Cocoon is like have Jen as a best friend, encouraging you every step of the way for integrity, authenticity and to love yourself. Read morePublished on May 24, 2012 by Robin Pedrero
Everyone needs a safe place both mentally and physically. If you're not sure how to achieve this, then this book explains how. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by D. Scott Tjaden
Jennifer's bold and spot-on assessment of a woman's entitlement to her very own `patch of
peace' is both liberating and refreshing. Read more