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Your Messy Brilliance: 7 Tools for the Perfectly Imperfect Woman Paperback – October 31, 2017
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"In her new book, Your Messy Brilliance, Kelly McNelis offers an engaging, intimate look at how claiming our messy brilliance can transform our relationship to womanhood, each other, and the world. I've always said that women are the world's greatest untapped natural resource--and Kelly clearly shows us that when we free our attention and energy from the need to get it "right," we can experience our own pleasure and power in spades." --Regena Thomashauer, New York Times-best selling author and founder of The School of Womanly Arts
"Your Messy Brilliance is the medicine Western women need to feel whole and healthy at this pivotal time in history."
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and New York Times-bestselling author
"Get rid of the "shoulds"! With her characteristic big-sisterly wisdom, Kelly McNelis encourages women to be their big, bad, messy, beautiful selves. A mixture of stories from real-life women and Kelly's own gentle, humorous wisdom helps readers recognize that we've always had the power, deep within our messy brilliance!"
--Kris Carr, wellness activist and New York Times-bestselling author
"Kelly McNelis names something very important in Your Messy Brilliance, bringing to light the secret fear we all have at times that we're too messed up to be good enough. Her message-- that where there's no mess there's no real becoming, no real life, no real brilliance -- is both a relief and a tremendous step forward for anyone caught in the trap of 'I'm not good enough' thinking. There's a lot of good information, and a lot of good love in this book. I recommend it."
--Marianne Williamson, New York Times-bestselling author of A Return To Love and spiritual lecturer
"I am so grateful to Kelly for writing this important book. Kelly is on the leading edge of paving a path to in-power-meant that so many women in this day and age need. We are discovering that power is not something that lives outside of us, or a costume we need to put on in order to be taken seriously. Our power is something that has always been within us, and the key to tapping into it is accepting our own wholeness. In her book and in the personal example of owning her beautifully messy, vibrant, and whole life, Kelly gives women permission to be their full selves. After all, it's in the so-called "mistakes" that we uncover our creativity and a sisterhood that is about embracing our gifts--not trying to one-up each other! Kelly has dedicated her life to uplifting women everywhere, and that is crystal clear in her book! I'm honored to be her friend and encourage women to let go of perfect and get messy with Your Messy Brilliance."
--Heather Ash Amara, author of Warrior Goddess Training
"Your Messy Brilliance is the book that deserves to be on every woman's nightstand. It's an explosive exploration of all the gifts that make us who we are: the weavers and creators of beauty, culture, and connection. In this day and age, we reject our natural gifts and opt for lives that are hemmed in by outdated rules that don't speak to our bodies and souls. Kelly McNelis's book is a call to break the spell of monotony that has fallen over so many women's lives in their quest for the "perfect" life. This is a beautiful testament to the power of reconnecting with the feminine--something that we rarely truly acknowledge or appreciate--and allowing it to guide our journey. Kelly doesn't profess to give you any generic answers, but the questions she raises are a delicious guide to coming back to yourself...exactly as you are."
--Sheila Kelley, Founder of S Factor
Your Messy Brilliance will embolden you to be more open, more honest, more raw, and to finally accept that life does not need to be perfect in order to be wonderful.
--Kristina Kuzmic, Blogger, vlogger, public speaker, and exhausted (but happy) mom
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Anytime an individual is willing to share their ongoing messy yet life-affirming process with others, I applaud it tremendously. The encouragement that it gives people to begin their own journey of self-exploration is priceless. Looking clearly at ourselves and our own personal contributions to the whole, both concrete and energetic, will uplift our world. I highly recommend Kelly’s book and overall work for anyone wanting to take a closer look... At themselves.
Kelly McNelis is a force to be reckoned with and weaves her own story into a useful guide for the modern woman, packed with tools to help us embrace who we are.
I've truthfully only just started the book so I can't wait to get my hands dirty, dig deep, and own my messy brilliance.
One of the things I love about this book is that there are questions that Kelly encourages you to think about and answer in a personal journal to help you really explore the parts of yourself that you keep hidden from the world, and possibly also hidden from yourself. These questions aren't easy to answer and they will make you uncomfortable, but I do fully believe that they are very important in helping me let go of this idea that I have to be perfect -- the perfect daughter, perfect partner, perfect mother -- all of the time, and that all of my imperfections are just as important a part of me as the perceived perfect/acceptable parts.
I will return to this book multiple times when I need to be reminded that my messy life is "ok", better yet, that it is brilliant.