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Madly in Love with Me: The Daring Adventure of Becoming Your Own Best Friendby Christine Arylo
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"Arylo's (Choosing ME before WE) unabashedly positive, step-by-step workbook is designed to help women take the compassion, appreciation, and care one would lavish on a companion, and redirect it inward. The author rescues the notion of 'self-love' from the reductive realms of masturbation, narcissism, and days at the spa, and presents it instead as a fruitful alternative to the incessant reprimands to sacrifice. Arylo is an enthusiastic mentor, and she offers plenty of creative tips for creating self-love, from going on a nice date (by yourself), working on a self-love — centered art project, and taking a love bath. For those made uncomfortable by the admonishment to 'vigorously love-loofah yourself,' she also provides practical exercises, such as quizzes, suggestions for how to productively rephrase ideas of oneself, and inspiring affirmations and 'love truths' to guide readers on their journey. Though couched in overwhelmingly saccharine language, Arylo's warm, fun, and informative handbook contains deep truths." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Most women have felt loved at some point in their lives, and theyve sought the love of boyfriends and best friends. But they often forget about one crucial person. If we could all feel the sort of unconditional love weve heard about, if we could know that we are completely and utterly loved and honored by someone important to us, how would we feel? How would we feel if we learned how to create that love for ourselves?
In this lively and enchanting new book, Christine Arylo encourages, dares, and challenges women to love themselves so much that they will never choose a situation or a relationship that does not reflect that powerful love. The book is set up as a 40-day adventure in falling in love with yourself by passing through defined gates” of falling in love. The gates are ongoing challenges to respecting and loving yourself expressed through statements such as: "I know who I am and I know what I want in life"; "My body is my temple"; "I take care of me, without guilt"; "All of my relationships reflect and support who I truly am."
The daily practices are designed to reprogram self-sabotaging habits, patterns, thoughts into self-loving and self-empowering ones. They will push women out of their comfort zone to reveal something about themselves they may not know or never thought about. The explanations within each section explore how we are held back from self-love and offer suggestions for dealing with the emotional graspers or energy suckers. The book describes different ways to express self-love, including for introverts or women fearful of self-expression. The illustrated format will have women carrying MADLY IN LOVE WITH ME with them everywhere, dipping in and out to remind themselves to express their love and unique spirit, to live in the world proud, knowing they are loved unconditionally. Within each of the sections, Christine explains the importance of each gate” and tells stories that illustrate by example. She goes on to present morning practices to explore and reinforce the statements and self-love dates” that are activities chosen to boost self-esteem and express each womans fabulous personality. Activities and dares might include writing a love letter to your younger or older self; drawing a self-love map; writing love serenades or love vows; journaling exercises including questions, lists, and dreams; writing a list of your good qualities.
No matter where a woman starts, or how many of the exercises she does, she will end this book with a better sense of her own worth and a new, powerful, delightful best friend.
Single or mated, most women could use a reminder that self-love is the foundation of all love and fulfillment. If women knew that they were completely and utterly loved and honored by their own 24/7 companion, how would they feel? What could they achieve? Christine Arylo helps women find out. As compassionate and caring as it is smart and sassy, this is a revelatory 40-day excursion into self-love marked by a series of gates.” Each of these portals is designed to supersize self-esteem, banish toxic situations and relationships, accept — make that adore — ones body, and share the life-giving love with other women and girls. Packed with interactive illustrations, worksheets, exercises, and even field trips, the method behind Madly polishes the Golden Rule with Do unto yourself” luster.
Most of us know that loving ourselves would be a good idea, but we have no clue what that really means. Self-love feels too vast, too esoteric, and frankly like something you should keep under wraps.
This breakthrough book on self-love changes all that by taking you beyond the idea of loving, valuing, and caring for yourself into daring acts that will help you experience it. Christine Arylo provides practical, fun ways to explore and embody the ten branches of self-love every day and in every part of your life. Reading this book is like receiving permission to treat yourself as a best friend would. Imagine having the power to:
* Give to yourself first, without guilt
* Shower yourself with loving words instead of criticism and comparison
* Go for your dreams with conviction and courage
* Choose the situations and relationships that make you happiest
* Discover and explore your deepest thoughts and desires — and act on them
About the Author
Christine Arylos clients include entrepreneurs, executives, and individuals seeking a personal path. She is the cofounder of the online Inner Mean Girl Reform School, has published on sites including DailyOm and BeliefNet.com and lives in Oakland, CA.
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