I have a new book review to share with you today! I love memoirs. Does that mean I’m nosy? ;) I can’t remember how I found this book but I’m sure I just happened to come across it while browsing Amazon. It’s called Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom.
First up though, it’s Tuesday and that means that I have a NatureBox giveaway winner to announce!
The winner was chosen using Random.org:
Congrats Beth Smith! You have won the NatureBox giveaway!
I will be in contact with you to get your shipping address so that you’ll receive your NatureBox shipment. I’m excited to see what next month’s box will hold!
As of today I have officially completed my first Paleo day. What an eye-opening experience the last 24 hours have been! I knew I ate a fair amount of dairy and a good amount of grains and bread but I had no idea how much I RELIED on those things during the day!
Do you know how many times I’d open the pantry or the fridge and go to grab something and then think to myself, “Nope, can’t have that.” I was going craaaaaaaazy. I’m sure it would’ve helped to get rid of the things I’m avoiding during this challenge but I don’t like to be wasteful. They’ll have to stay put until the kids eat it up.
If we’re friends on MyFitnessPal you probably saw how random my eating was yesterday. Ha! But I think I did very well for my first day. I’m feeling more confident going into today but I know I’m not through the thickest part of the woods yet. And let me just say that we totally underestimated how many fruits and vegetables to buy. I think I’ll have to go shopping again sooner than usual.
Live and learn. :)
Last night I was up reading pretty late because I couldn’t put my book down. I am a huge fan of memoirs. Especially celebrity memoirs. My collection has really swelled the past couple of years and I guess it’s because I love reading about other people’s struggles and how they were able to overcome horrible things or trying times in their lives. I just think the transformations are so incredibly inspirational and empowering and the stories really help give other people hope.
I just started reading Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom by Pattie Mallette. Like many of the memoirs I own, it’s a story I can relate to so much. The foreword is by Justin Bieber which is followed immediately by “A Note from the Author”. I was in tears before I finished the first page.
The tears started after reading this:
A major key in my healing was finding my voice–the voice I never had as a little girl. By giving that little girl a voice, I hope to help others find theirs and find the courage to use it.
A few chapters later:
Instead of believing in myself, I knelt at the merciless feet of deceit, hanging on to every negative word spoken to me and entertaining every taunting thought of my own that surfaced in my mind.
It all feels so familiar.
In an earlier part of the book Pattie talks about a visit with her therapist where she was asked to revisit her inner child. It’s so incredible how you can take a minute to think back on your life to a specific age where something bad happened to you and the old feelings immediately come rushing back to the forefront of your mind. You can literally feel like you’re 5 (or 16) years old again. This is what happens to me when I see pictures of myself at the age of 16. I always look so happy in those photos but there’s so much pain underneath the surface and I can feel it every time.
I’m already up to chapter six and I can’t wait to read more tonight. I’m looking forward to reading more of her story and learning how she was able to take charge of her life and start really living and thriving instead of just surviving. There’s a difference you know.
It doesn’t matter where you find yourself today – how broken, hurting, wounded, or ashamed you are. If God can help me find my way up, I promise, He can do the same for you. – Pattie