- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: HCI; 1 Csm edition (April 4, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0757319750
- ISBN-13: 978-0757319754
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Find Your Awesome: A 30-Day Challenge to Fall in Love with Your Playful, Imaginative & Colorful Self Paperback – April 4, 2017
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About the Author
Judy Clement Wall is a writer-illustrator who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her words have been published in numerous literary journals and websites such as the Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, and The Rumpus. She is an illustrator for HCI Book's popular Inkspirations coloring book series, and her doodly art is set to appear in lots of fun places, like lampshades and wine labels. She has a website – judyclementwall.com - where her mission is to make art, do work, and engage in shenanigans that inspire fearless love, soulful evolution, and wild creativity as a way of life. And if, in the process, epic quantities of cheesecake are consumed, all the better.
Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
I'm so excited you're here with this journal committing yourself to 30 days of self-love and exploration. In a perfect world, maybe you wouldn't need a 30-day challenge to find and fall in love with your most playful, imaginative, and colorful self, but we don't live in a perfect world. We live in a fast-paced, info-packed myself, high-octane society where feeling lost in the jostling crowd is the norm and locating our own significance is sometimes the biggest challenge of all.
During a particularly difficult time in my life, when I was struggling both professionally and personally, I used my blog to publicly commit myself to a Year of Fearless Love. I went into that year needing to believe in the power we all have to touch, lift, and heal each other. My goal (though I don't know if I could have articulated it at the time) was to prove that hypothesis true.
Every month I gave myself a challenge. I hugged strangers: performed acts of mushy, unabashed gratitude:, and left anonymous notes of encouragement in unexpected places. I blogged about my activities, and over the course of the year, others joined me. By the end of my experiment, there were people loving more fearlessly all over the world. In Connecticut, a woman with cancer texted love relentlessly, until she broke through her own feelings of resentment and anger. In Canada, a woman began her own project: a Year of Hugging Fearlessly. She hugged people all over the globe and posted photos of each embrace. In Portland, a woman decided to take a chance on love. She's married now. In Romania, a woman blogged right along with me. She did every challenge I did and wrote about each one. She reminded me of how far love can reach.
I learned so much during that time, but the thing that surprised me most was how much easier it was for people to turn their love outward. They had no trouble writing love letters and performing random acts of kindness . . . until the moment I asked them to redirect that loving attention to themselves.
It broke my heart to see how people struggled to show themselves the same sort of sweetness and patience they so willingly showed to others. For a whole host of reasons, all of them seemingly justified, we put ourselves last day after day. We spend so much time being there for our friends and our families, our colleagues and our neighbors, that there is precious little time left over for taking care of ourselves.
It's hard to break that habit of unhealthy selflessness, in part because our society encourages it. Tell people how busy you are, how much work you have to do, how many deadlines are looming, and they will smile sympathetically. They know your pain. By contrast, it's uncomfortable to talk about self-love. Tell people you're maneuvering your own personal, breathtaking evolution and they will look at you like you just announced you're marrying a hamster.
But here's what I know for sure: At the center of every truly important and meaningful thing we do, there is love. It connects us to each other and to our planet. It fuels our best work and our bravest art. In the final moments of our lives, how well we loved will be the measure of how well we lived. And all love begins with self-love.
It is a miraculous and wonderful truth that when you learn to love and value yourself, your relationships with everyone else change, because the you that you bring into those relationships is the fullest, truest, best-loved version of yourself.
So this journal is about filling your well. It's about inviting yourself to play, and in the process, discovering once and for all the undeniable awesomeness that is you.
There are no rules.
This journal absolutely, positively doesn't have to be completed in 30 days. In fact, almost all of these activities can easily be stretched beyond one day, into their own 30-day challenges, or (better yet!) into lifelong practices.
The point here is to love yourself with all the heart, creativity, and good humor you can muster. If it takes you more than 30 days, all the better!
©2017 Judy Clement Wall. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Find Your Awesome: A 30-Day Challenge to Fall in Love with Your Playful, Imaginative & Colorful Self. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.
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Top Customer Reviews
I recommend the book over the e-version because you will want to use the journaling areas to record your thoughts and to revel in the simple joy of the coloring pages. Also, it’s just the right size to slip into your purse for on the spot inspiration. So go ahead, give yourself 30 days of pleasure and exploration. Your friends will wonder what happened to you!
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
What held me back from giving this a higher rating was feeling like it was geared toward a young female audience. Not that there's anything wrong with that, I'm just older and didn't connect well to it or feel like I could recommend it to any of the men and boys I know who might enjoy a similar concept.
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Essentially a self-love & self-worth workbook, “Find Your Awesome” takes the idea of a 30 day challenge and turns it into a book. Taking the realisation that whilst we have no problem telling those around us how awesome they are; we find it difficult to extend the same courtesy to ourselves; self-confessed artist, writer, doodler, and love warrior Judy Clement Wall challenges us to
“Fall in Love with Your Playful, Imaginative & Colourful Self”
through a set of daily challenges designed to encourage you to do just that.
Judy’s writing style is Awesome, she has you nodding along and giggling at the many witticisms she shares. Nevermind being a self-love guru; it seems like she’s the kinda person that would do your soul good just by knowing her! Someone you’d love to hug, hang out with, drink tea and eat copious amounts of cheecake with; regularly.
The book is a fun read, at times touching, and actually quite eyeopening – through sharing her own story of opening herself up to embracing her own Awesome badassery she gives us the impetus to proclaim our own.
In case you haven’t worked it out yet; I LOVE THIS BOOK!! I must admit, I never really ‘got‘ the whole Adult Colouring thing, I understand why people enjoy it; it just never clicked with ME. But, this? This I can embrace. I’m obsessed with daily/monthly challenges but sometimes get bored if they are the same thing repeated (a month worth of photoprompts is fine, once you’re into your 3rd month, it gets a bit ‘mehhh’) The clever thing here is that the style of challenge differs from day to day; some days you doodle, some days you write, others you send a text; it keeps it varied and interesting.
Fancy a sneak peek at some of the challenges? I’m happy to oblige:
-Doodle your perfect t-shirt
-Writing yourself a love letter
-Appreciate your body in all its awesomeness
-Make time for you by writing a Not-To-Do List
-What’s your Personal Manifesto?
Another idea suggested throughout the book is choosing your favourite challenge(s) and turning them into month, or even year, -long challenges in their own right; similar to the author’s own Year of Loving Fearlessly challenge.
Now, obviously, you can work through the book on your own, but I was excited to discover that Judy is running a free online group, starting May 15th, where you can sign up now and then complete the challenge alongside [as she puts it herself] “a posse of like-minded love-warriors”. I have, of course, signed up; and now I’m off to buy a physical copy to play with.
I award this book 5 out of 5 stars. I found it Awesome!
An inspiring little book that appealed to my inner child. Loved, loved loved the illustrations......but buy the book and not the Kindle version.
I chose to read this NetGalley ARC for which I have given a voluntary and unbiased review.
***ARC received from NetGalley***