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Living Like Audrey -Victoria Loustalot- Some Simple Quotes- a book review 

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Hey Audrey fans (or gift givers of Audrey fans) there’s a new book on the market to satisfy your Audrey cravings and there’s some pretty good advice in their too on how to capture some of the grace and simple elegance she was renowned for.

Here are a few of my favourite ‘simple’ themed quotes from the book.

There was absolutely nothing pretentious about her and that showed when she prepared a meal because her tastes were so simple.

She loved just being home with her family,we’d have dinner in the kitchen…she certainly respected and loved her career but her family really came first.

Audrey spent most of her time letting other people talk and letting other people move and be. And not just any people, but people she loved and respected and could learn from.

Her secret may have been in her understanding of balance and moderation and in knowing herself and listening to herself. ‘I have to be alone very often…that’s how I refuel’.

Every time you feel vulnerable, everytime you’re scared, every time you do what’s right for you despite the naysayers, and you don’t die and the world doesn’t end and you wake up the next day, you turn vulnerability into strength.

Even if your an urban dweller and you can’t imagine living anywhere else, you might remember what Audrey valued about the countryside and try to incorporate it into your daily experience. To cultivate a sense of delicacy, immerse yourself in nature, spending time away from the harsh lights and sounds of the city and its crowds.

Walking! Relaxing! Breathing.These are Audrey’s self professed “rules” of living.

 

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Could You Use a Little More Sparkle?

Book Review


Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle
. Doreen Virtue.

Could You Use a Little More Sparkle? 

Doreen Virtue knows what it’s like to lose her sparkle and delving deeper into why and how her stress and exhaustion had taken over, led her to research and write this book- and get her sparkle back.

As a clairvoyant Doctor of Psychology, best selling author, speaker and more, she is just about as busy as anyone can be and subjected to stress as we all are, and her knowledge of psychology and the mind-body connection was the basis of finding out how we lose our sparkle, and how to get it back.

Some of these answers she found may surprise you- like just how we ‘attract’ drama into our lives, or the role of histamine in our body,and how past trauma has long-term effects on our health and mood.

Other causes we might have heard before, like relationship dynamics and diet and exercise, but we may find something new in the possible solutions offered. For instance, I was very happy to learn that “Gentle exercise is actually a better method for weight loss, because little or no cortisol is produced. So your body becomes more “fuel-efficient” in terms of burning off the food you eat.” Hooray! No more guilt over not being a runner, or gym junkie 😃.

Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle will gently and compassionately guide you in clearing out the drama and getting your sparkle back.

Shining Quotes

⭐️ “If… you’re stressed-out and tired, you’re overwhelmed by your sensitivity, you don’t feel good about yourself, you push yourself to go faster, you’re forgetful and can’t focus, there’s too much drama and negativity in your life, your relationships are difficult, your body isn’t cooperating, your career is stressful . . . then it’s time to recover your sparkle!”

⭐ ️“Trauma has touched virtually everyone on this planet, especially secondary trauma from watching too many news clips of horrors and tragedy. Trauma is also the reason why we’re addicted to reality television, celebrity gossip, frightening movies, and dramatic friends. Unhealed trauma is behind our health, weight, addiction, sleep, and relationship issues”.

⭐️ ”Some people believe that stress is something outside themselves that happens to them. Yet, once you reach adulthood and have the ability to make your own lifestyle choices, you really do have the option of a low-stress life. If that possibility sounds boring or impossible, this is a sign of drama addiction.”

⭐️” Behind every highly dramatic person, there’s an unresolved trauma. Drama is his or her way of asking for love, and begging for help and understanding”.

Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle is published by Hay House .

Visit Doreen Virtue at her website.

Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman- A Book Review

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When Alice Hoffman was diagnosed with cancer she had two young children and an ailing mother. One of her novels, Practical Magic was being made into a movie and another Here on Earth had been selected as part of Oprah’s Book Club- it seems cancer doesn’t care how busy, important or famous you are. So when Alice turned to books for advice on how to cope she ended up writing one herself- a letter to herself and a tribute to all survivors who have loved and lost.

” I wrote to remind myself that in the darkest hour the roses still bloom, the stars still come out at night. And to remind myself that, despite everything that was happening to me, there were still choices I could make.”

Survival Lessons is a guidebook for all of us -not just the ones suffering from a illness, trauma or loss, but also the ones slogging through a daily life that lacks contentment or joy. A lot of us are in a ‘survival mode’ that serves merely as a modus operandi for making it from one day to to the next, putting out one fire and looking out for the next. The simple pleasures of life are pushed aside for something more important.

Each chapter in Survival Lessons offers a choice- a chance to focus on yourself for a bit, to discover your needs and wants. You can Choose to Enjoy Yourself, Choose Whose Advice you Take, Choose to Be Yourself.

Survival Lessons is ideal for a quick, light read that anyone- even the most stressed- can find the time for, to read all at once and return to again and again. It’s simplicity is it’s greatest benefit, allowing the reader to use the book as an inspiration for your own meditations on what makes you happy-what brings you peace or joy, and what is healing to your soul- leading you beyond mere ‘survival’ to ‘truly living’.

Find out more about Survival Lessons at Algonquin Books and find out more about Alice Hoffman at her website

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