Tonight I started reading I AM THAT GIRL by Alexis Jones. In my Beachbody coach training that I’m participating in right now, we are encouraged to engage in personal development (whether that be reading a book, listening to a podcast, etc.) DAILY. At first when I heard this, I was thinking, “Whoa, that seems like a lot!” But since I’ve started reading this book and considering the importance of personal development, I’ve realized how vital it is to living your best life. This book encompasses how important finding yourself is and so much more. Another girl in the training, Valerie Cordes (who also has a WordPress blog, The Lively Lifestyle) suggested this book to our group. Definitely pick up a copy of this book if you have the chance, because not only is it great for personal development, but it’s just a FEEL GOOD book. Personal development is important because finding yourself and BEING YOURSELF, despite your flaws and failures, will guide you on your happy and healthy adventure. 🙂 ❤
Here are some quotes from the book that I enjoyed, personally!:
“The shame spiral of inadequacy. Those things were all coming from inside myself. And I remembered something my friend Jo likes to say whenever any of her friends are criticizing themselves. “Hey. That’s my best friend you’re talking about like that.” It’s amazing to see girls react to that statement. Yeah, you’re saying some truly negative things about my best friend. That friend just happens to be you” (x).
“She (Alexis) is reminding us that we can lay down the armor we wear and embrace rather than battle. We can each be THAT girl. The awesome one who lends an ear or a hand in times of need. The one who is so inspiring that she makes us want to be better. The one who is so vulnerable and honest about her feelings that she motivates us to look inward at who we really are, what we really want, and what we are afraid of. We ARE each that girl, if only we allow ourselves to be” (xiii).
“He told me that it’s important to learn how to accept and appreciate yourself for your shortcomings just as much as for your strengths because they will forever coexist” (xvii).
“…you are awesome exactly as you are, that your dreams are possible, and when you shine the brightest you make the world and those around you better” (xviii).
“Every great dream beings with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world” (Harriet Tubman, page 3).
“No one will work as hard for you as you will” (Jackie Tohn, page 10).
“To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go, and why you want to get there” (Kofi Annan, page 15).
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you” (Maya Angelou, page 22).
“What’s worthy of waking up for every day?” (28).