Hello friends! It has been a while since I posted on here, but I am hoping to get more into the swing of things. I recently decided that it would be fun to start up a little book club of sorts on here. I’ll be posting what book I will be reading each month and the coming back with a review after I’ve read it. Feel free to join in and read with me!
In April, OOLA generously sent me a copy of Oola for Women before it’s release. Today it was officially released and I am so excited to tell you about it! I have known about Oola and their mission for a while now and its so empowering and inspiring. “Oola” is a lifestyle based on the book ‘Oola: Find balance in an Unbalanced world. It is descibed as a state of awesomeness. According to the book, oola can be achieved when your life is balanced and growing in the seven key areas of life: Fitness, finance, family, field, faith, friends, and fun.
I don’t know about you but this all sounds pretty good to me. We all need balance and harmony. And as a woman and a mother, balance is something that I constantly struggle with. As women, we wear many hats and so much is expected of us. For me, this means that on any given day I am mama, wife, business owner, leader, cleaner, cooker, and so much more. It is so hard to keep up, to not become burnt out, to accept ourselves for who we are, and to find balance amidst all the chaos.
This book has brought me so much peace and reminded me that I am not alone. This motherhood thing is hard. I feel like I can never stay on top. In between feeding babies, cleaning, playing, laundry, dishes, running a business- it’s never ending. Women and mothers are basically circus performers with no down time, but we have to make time for it. We have to care for ourselves and find balance to be happy and healthy.
I don’t know that motherhood will ever be stress-free, especially during this season of life that is filled with constant messes, high pitched cries, and constant chaos. But this life can be balanced. It can contain as little stress as possible. It can include dreaming big, taking care of yourself, loving those around you, giving yourself grace, and so much more. As women and mothers, we can find balance in an unbalanced world.
Now that I’ve gotten all my thoughts out on motherhood and balance- or a lack thereof, let’s talk about this amazing book!
What did I love:
-It’s format. It goes into the 7 areas of balance (see more on that below) and shares some women’s personal stories which are so incredibly inspiring.
-It’s a very easy read. Honestly, at the end of the day, this is what I need. I do not need a complex book that hones in on my critical thinking skills. I am way too tired for that. A book that uplifts and inspires me, helps me to better myself, but doesn’t make my brain hurt- that’s the perfect kind of book for this mama.
-It’s easy to read it and put down and pick back up again. Sometimes if I’m interrupted while reading a book, if I try to pick up where I left off, I get confused and forgetful and have to backtrack. Because this is such a simple read it’s easy to engage, be interrupted (because kids) and jump back in later.
-It’s truly inspiring! Below I will share some of my favorite quotes but know that this book is truly powerful and so inspirational! It reminds me that I am not alone in the journey as a woman/mother and it inspires me to find my balance and know all that I am worthy of.
Some of my favorite quotes are:
“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible- the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.” – Virginia Satir
“The spirit of envy can destroy. It can never build.” – Margaret Thatcher
“If you’re married, your highest priority in OolaFamily is your spouse. No exceptions. Invest in your marriage.”
“There are only two innate fears that all human beings are born with: the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. Every other fear is learned. And what can be learned can be unlearned.”
“Stop telling yourself a story. Stop believing the hurtful comments and belittling remarks. You deserve to live the fulfilling life of your dreams. You can handle whatever the world throws at you. You are worthy of all you want and more.”
“Give joyfully. If you grew up believing that “money is evil”, we love you, but you’re wrong. Money is neutral. It is simply an impkifier. Yes, if you are selfish, greedy, and indulgent, more money will make you more of all of these things. But, like most people we meet if you are kind, responsible, and generous, more money will allow you to be increasingly kind, responsible, and generous.”
“If life has you feeling battered but hopeful, realize that where you are right now is simply where you are, not who are you are. You are designed for greatness. Your challenges don’t define you. It’s just a season you’re going through.”
“They design a car so you can see both in front of you and behind you. They provide a rearview mirror, which is small but adequate. The front windshield is large and unobstructed. It’s designed so you can easily see what’s ahead. You do need to look behind you from time to time, but only briefly. The majority of your energy and focus, however, should be on the windshield in front of you.”
If you’re a woman, you need this book. It will change your life and your perspective in positive and amazing ways. It will uplift you and inspire you. If you read this, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! You can purchase it here.