Welcome to Week One of Becca's Book Club!
I have been wanting to be part of a book club for ages; and not just because there is wine. OK, not only because there is wine there. I really enjoy reading and also drinking wine so it is a perfect match for me activity wise.
I started the audio book 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don't Do by Amy Morin this morning on my run. Not exactly the book club I had imagined. But hey, trying to work at home whilst toddler wrangling, during a global pandemic isn't something I imagined either so sometimes we have to pivot!
Amy started her career as a psychotherapist thinking about how she was going to help other people become mentally strong. She never imagined how much she was going to need to build her own mental muscles. After losing her mother and her husband, her interest in mental strength became personal.
Amy began studying people who came into her therapy office to learn why some of them were stronger than others. She wanted to know, what made some people able to turn their struggles into strength. Amy realized, the secret to mental strength wasn’t just about what people did—it was more about what they didn’t do.
In 2013, during one of Amy's lowest points, she wrote herself a letter about all the bad habits she wanted to avoid. When Amy was done, she had a list of 13 things that could rob her of mental strength if she let them. Amy said that she found comfort in reading that letter. So a few days later, she published it online with the hope that someone else might find it helpful too. It resonated with so many people— in fact that letter was read over 50 million times.
Within a matter of days, a literary agent called Amy and suggested that she write a book.
I've had this book, plus Amy's other 13 Things books, on my audible list for a quite a while so I was excited to dive in.
"They don't compare themselves to other people" is the name first chapter. I think we all know by now that social media isn't reality. We only see the highlights of other people's lives and we compare it to the behind the scenes footage of our own. Even thought we know this, even though I know this, we still do it.
What I really liked about this book from the start is how Amy gives context on each chapter. Each item on her list has its own chapter and really delves in, giving examples of real case studies from her patients from her therapy office. She also references scientific studies too which I find really interesting. I am excited to finish the book and I'll be back to let you know what I think...
Have you read any of Amy's 13 things books? I'd love to know which one and what your take aways were from it:
Now, where's the wine at?!