Hmm. Personal Development. . . I’m going to try not to get to wordy with this post, so bear with me.

Mary Engelbreit

It was recently suggested to me that I start doing personal development daily. Personal Development? Like self-help? Do I need that? These are all questions that went through my mind.

I generally think I am a very positive person with a good outlook on life. I live by the “fake it til you make it” motto and “Hakuna Matata”. So why would I need self-help? Plus, I am sooo not a reader. I can’t even get through books I want to read, much less some self-help book I may or may not even enjoy reading. But, I am always open to learning and suggestions, and I was reminded that books come in audio format, so what the heck I’ll give it a try. And you know what? I am so glad I did. So much so that here I am writing a blog post about it.

I used the Overdrive app to download the audio book “You are a Badass: How to stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” By, Jen Sincero. I will listen in the car, or while I do chores around the house and in just 4 days I am about half way through the book. If I was reading it, I’d be lucky to be halfway through the first chapter at this point. Also, I think the inflection of the author reading it and her personality gives it a little something extra than if I were just reading the words on the page.

Anyway, I have found that I am in a great routine listening everyday at the beginning of nap time while I clean the kitchen. I am super productive and get a lot of chores done in a short amount of time, and then I also seem to be more productive the rest of the day as I am totally motivated and inspired by the book. By the end of the day, I have accomplished so many tasks that I feel even better about myself and my purpose and it just puts me in a great mood.

The other part of the personal development that I have enjoyed is that even though I tend to be very positive overall, I still have insecurities in my life. I still am afraid of what people will think or who is going to judge me for something, especially my close friends and family, but, since listening to this book, I have already seen a change in how I live my life. I feel more confident in just putting myself out there and being me. There are always going to be people who don’t agree or like what I do, but if it’s right for me and my family, who cares about everyone else (my husband is probably thinking it’s about time Sarah, I’ve been telling you this for years). Hey, it took until now for me to really understand and realize that it’s okay to be 100% me and those who care about me will support me no matter what and if they don’t, then good riddance and I don’t need them.

So, even if you are the most confident, positive person in the world, you still can take time to work on yourself and become the best version of you. And I am so grateful that I was encouraged to read (or rather listen to) this book.

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