I love being in my forties. My life and my body aren’t perfect, but my forties have taught me that IT’S OKAY. I’m comfortable with who I am, what I am, and where I’m going. I’m comfortable in my own skin. That’s why the book, Just When You’re Comfortable in Your Own Skin, It Starts to Sag was one I knew I had to read.
I was fortunate to receive a free copy from the publisher, Chronicle Books. The authors, Amy Nobile and Trisha Ashworth, have written two previous books about other stages in life, I Was A Really Good Mother Before I Had Children and I‘d Trade My Husband for a Housekeeper. This quick read was filled with the voices of lots of women just like me who are in the middle of their life and are reinventing what it all means. I loved how honest the authors were. They didn’t sugar coat anything. They didn’t make you feel like you’re doing it all wrong, or that there is only one best way to succeed through this next phase of life. Reading this book, I felt empowered and validated. Some of the topics include:
- the balance between aging kids and aging parents
- redefining body image
- the truths about menopause
- relationship resets
- finding yourself
- finding your (new) passion
I didn’t relate to every single chapter, well, not yet anyway. But if I’m not going through it, chances are someone in my tribe is. Reading and understanding what we all go through, the challenges we face at this stage of life is helpful. It doesn’t have to be something that we dread. It doesn’t have to be something that we try to avoid or pretend is there. Reading glasses and bad feet and saggy boobs aren’t the end of the world. They’re just something new to adjust to. There is strength and power in the knowledge that you are not alone as we face the challenges in this stage of life and this book does a great job of providing just that.
If you aren’t at least somewhere in your forties or beyond, chances are you aren’t ready for this book yet. But if you are sitting in the middle of mid-life, let’s say between 40-60 years young, I think you’ll have lots to take away from this book. Personally, I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t heavy or wordy or filled with long, drawn-out explanations. This book is an encouragement, a “you’re not alone” self-help book. The edges of most pages are filled with quotes from women across the country expressing their truths about mid-life. This book encourages you to find your happiest self, to look forward to all your life still has to offer.
Just When You’re Comfortable in Your Own Skin, It Starts to Sag by Amy Nobile and Trisha Ashworth
Published: 2018 by Chronicle Books
Genre: Women’s Self-Help
Where I read: Out by the pool, trying to get some color on my legs to cover up the spider veins
Stephenie’s Goodreads Rating: 4 out of 5 stars