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21 Rituals to Change Your Life

Posted 04/13/17 8:18 PM by Mo

“It is what you actually do with your life, not what you think of your life, that is transformative.”  ~Theresa Cheung
In this delightful book, Theresa gives us the insight of 21 rituals (habits) that, when done for 21 days in a row, will change your life. I found myself drawn to this book in the library, and literally read it in one sitting.
Three things I loved:
* As a seasoned reader of anything self-help or developement, I was surprised at the fresh perspective on these 21 daily “rituals” we should all be doing. These aren’t anything you probably haven’t aleady heard before, but the way she describes them – and the order – gave me a feeling it was actually doable.
Stop laughing.  No, really.  Stop.
* The shorter chapters, and the way they are all organized, made this book so easy to read. It held my attention, even in a packed car on the way home from spring break. But don’t be fooled by the size of this book… it definitely packs a powerful message, especially for those who are too busy for making any changes.

*Quotes. Any book, and I mean any book, is only improved by the addition of well thought out quotes. I don’t know what it is, and you can absolutely disagree with me, but quotes can give the reader a small insight into the writer’s brain and the direction of their thoughts.  They’re like tiny little dots on a map.
And yet…
Here’s one thing that bothered me: So yes, these 21 rituals are mostly quick and painless for the most part. Enjoyable even. However, she is pretty adamant that ALL 21 must be done for 21 days in a row. It’s in her terms and conditions.  If you miss one, you go back to day 1. Do not collect $200.
Now I don’t know about you, but as a wife, mother, nanny, and writer, there aren’t many things I do for 21 days in a row other than eat, sleep, and use the bathroom frequently.
Having said that, I am officially on day 5 and will proudly announce that I have gotten up at 5 a.m. everyday this week to work on a project I’ve wanted to tackle for years. Yes, years. And I’ve accomplished so much in this one week that I am literally excited to get up in the morning. Not sure this would’ve happened if I didn’t read her book on the ride home.
It was exactly the kick in the pants I needed.
Bottom Line: Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. Do with it what you like… go at your own pace, or tackle it as she has written it.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and who knows? Maybe you’ll even find yourself doing things that have been on hold for a while.
Happy reading…

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