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The Fabulous at 50 Re-Experience from Dianna Bowes 'It includes many exercises to create your own wellness journal and life planner to make your dreams come true.' reviews Kate Campbell
'Partly autobiographical, partly a self-help book and partly a led discovery of your own life. It includes many exercises to create your own wellness journal and life planner to make your dreams come true. I'm a big believer in writing things down and planning. It'ss the best way to visualise and make things happen.
Bowes reminds us to let go of our plans we had made or those that didn't work out, and make room for new, better plans. But in order to do this, we need to take many other steps along the way. She leads us through this journey but allows room to make it your own.
One step for me is definitely letting go of false beliefs about self-worth. Dianna addresses this with ideas about how to silence that inner critic. This is so essential if you are to move forward, I believe. Learning to love yourself is hard, but we can learn to be kind to ourselves.
Bowes discusses gratitude, which has been a popular idea lately because it works. But she also talks about how our adversity can make us stronger, and that we need to express gratitude for that as well as the good things. My Nan always used to say that adversity builds character, and this reminded me of that.
Throughout the book are little anecdotes and larger stories by other women, to give these women a voice and the ability to own their own story. It also reminds us, as Dianna points out many times in the book, that we are not alone.
This book leads you through how to dream big and make those dreams come true by learning to think creatively. Unlocking your creativity will ultimately produce startling results in all areas of your life.
In the last couple of years, I have come to accept the maxim about no emotion is a negative one, you are allowed to feel whatever you feel. If you are sad, then you are sad. The problem, of course, is learning to express emotions in a constructive rather than a destructive way. Bowes discusses how to harness emotions like anger and use them in a proactive, not reactive, manner.
Another really important concept addressed is that of honouring our past and those who helped us develop. But also letting go of our past and forgiving. Dianna also tells us to be a bit of a rebel and learn to say no when it's not best for you.
I have written myself a little note here that I really liked Chapter 3 and the test. Now you will need to read it for yourself and find out why.
No wellbeing book is complete without discussing how we reward ourselves for doing well. There are more guided ideas and discussion around this.
When you have finished you can put on your theme song and dance. :)'
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Baby Boomer women have spent decades suppressing their own wants and desires, and losing themselves in the expectations and demands of culture, parents, partners, and children, working hard to please and care for almost everyone but themselves. They've been misunderstood by marketers, politicians, millenials, most men .. and last but not least, themselves.
The time has come for these strong, beautiful, and fabulous women to discover, reveal, and honor their true selves. The time has come for them to re-expereince life as they've known it, and to celebrate life as it can be.
If you're a Boomer woman in personal crisis needing to reinvent your life, facing divorce, life-threatening illness, financial disaster, or the crushing loneliness after the kids have grown and gone, if you are asking yourself, "Now what?" and fearing that it might be too late for you and your dreams ... this book is for you.
The Fabulous@50 Re-Experience
From Dianna Bowes, visionary foundress of Fabulous @ 50, The Fabulous @50 Re-Experience is a living, breathing, sweet and sassy guide to remind you that you're not alone ... and it's not too late for you to thrive.