This week question comes from Steph The Bookworm:
Has any book you’ve ever read been life changing for you?
Probably the most life-changing thing I’ve ever read was the instruction booklet for an over-the-counter ovulation test kit that ended up giving me the Little One. But technically that was a pamphlet and not a book so I’ll have to dig a little deeper.
I’ve read quite a few books that I had every intention of letting change my life, books like Creating A Charmed Life by Victoria Moran and Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter by Elaine St. James. Both of these little books are filled with practical and useful suggestions about improving the quality of your life. Whenever I read them, I have every intention of applying the ideas to my life. But one thing I’ve discovered over time is that I’m terrible at follow-through. If “the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” then I suspect I’m in a for a very warm afterlife. I’ll be diligent about my latest “I’m going to improve my life” effort for about a week or two, and then I go right back to my old ways of doing things.
So whenever I am asked this question, I usually end up choosing What Not To Wear by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine. (This is the book that inspired the TV show of the same name.) The basic idea of the book is to help you pick out clothes that are good for the body you have (not the body you WISH you had). The books is filled with photos showing you good and bad choices for hiding, highlighting or disguising your specific problem areas.
I have … how shall I say this nicely without drawing scads of perverts to this blog? … very large knockers for my size. Their advice on the types of shirts to wear was invaluable, and I have never deviated from their suggested neckline since.
I’m also … stumpy-legged (translation: short). Their advice on the most flattering pants to wear was eye-opening. When I actually followed their advice and bought the proper cut of pants, I looked so much better (taller and slimmer). It was like magic!
Sadly, since I’ve been a stay-at-home mom, my clothes and “style” leave something to be desired. (Translation: I’ve allowed myself to become a slob.) I really should try and revisit this book again to remind myself of what types of clothes I should be looking for and try to spruce up my everyday look a little. (I suspect they might be against fleece-lined Crocs.)
I realize you may have expected a deeper answer to this question. What can I say? I’m guess I’m pretty shallow!
So what about you? What book has been life-changing for you?