When it comes to our own life, it’s easy to lose sight of the cyclic way of things. Rough times give us selective amnesia. Especially if we’re having multiple struggles — work and relationship problems, or a health challenge along with money concerns — we tend to forget that we’ve been through hard stuff before. We’ve always survived, and sometimes we’ve triumphed. ~ Victoria Moran
Victoria Moran is one of my real life idols and her book, Creating a Charmed Life: Sensible, Spiritual Secrets Every Busy Woman Should Know, is one of those I wish I’d written. Have a glance at the book cover below. Hard to believe she’s in her fifties – there’s hope for me yet!
(*Guys ~ Victoria’s books are universally useful and enjoyed by women and men alike – they also make great gift ideas – but if this post turns out to be a bit girly for you, please scroll down to the questions at the bottom, especially if you’re a writer.)
Her books Fit From Within : 101 Simple Secrets to Change Your Body and Your Life – Starting Today and Lasting Forever and Lit from Within will give you some idea of where she gets her glow from. Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit was her way of passing on all of her health and happiness tips to people like me who are no longer in their twenties!
She has two new books out at the moment and I’m hoping The Love-Powered Diet: Eating for Freedom, Health, and Joy will help me use all of my spiritual side, my wisdom and skills to help me shift the weight I’ve gained this last few months. When I’m overweight and sluggish, I find it harder to cope with financial anxiety and it can turn into a vicious circle of comfort eating.
We all go through phases where we feel a deep need to re-invent and re-create ourselves, to love ourselves better so that we can cope in difficult times. I often get inspired to do this through a new book or a new piece of music.
If you’ve visited my book shop, you’ll have noticed that I’ve given Victoria’s books their very own section. I’ve known her for years, absorbed every one of her books and been blessed to receive many emails full of wisdom from her. When one of my manuscripts was rejected by a publisher after ten months in the hands of various editors at the publishing house, it was Victoria who urged me to keep going. She told me how many times she’d had to pick herself up and re-create and re-invent herself over the years.
She was widowed young and raised her daughter alone. Recently, her teenage stepson James died tragically of a sudden illness. But no matter what life throws at her, she remains poised and grateful and keeps reaching out, writing beautifully and wisely and touching thousands of souls along the way.
Her other recent release is called Living a Charmed Life: Your Guide to Finding Magic in Every Moment of Every Day which I’ll be reviewing properly when I’ve had a chance to devour it.
Writers and people interested in improving their lives are often addicted to reading, so I’m guessing you may be too! That’s why I share my favourite books with you. There are affiliate links under most of the books I highlight in my blog – I know you’re probably an Amazon affiliate too and believe in making money with meaning – but I hope you’ve come to know me well enough to believe that I share my favourite bits and pieces with you because I promised you soul food and support over here in our wee café bistro.
Books have always helped me turn my life around and become a better me and I hope that synchronicity may send you one of these recommendations to help you on your journey, too. That’s why I tell you about my favourite books and authors.
Here’s a clip of Victoria reading from one of her new books; I found the clip in her most recent blog post at Your Charmed Life. She reminds us here that our lives are made up of stories, not atoms.
Have you had to re-invent yourself recently?
Do you struggle to live a healthy lifestyle and nurture yourself?
Which books do you wish you had written? Why? Which elements of that book could you model with integrity in your own writing? What do you have in common with the author?
Victoria has gifted me with signed copies of Living a Charmed Life and The Love Powered Diet to give away to two Sharing the Journey readers. All you have to do is answer any of the questions above, tell us why you need a bit of support to re-invent yourself or share a few of those moments that make you feel like you’re living a charmed life. The winner will be chosen at random next weekend. (I’ll put the comment numbers on bits of paper in a hat and the kids will draw one each. They’ll feel like film stars!) Victoria’s happy to post the books anywhere so it doesn’t matter which country you’re from.
So go on – one of these books may hold the Aha!! moment that signals a change of direction, a new phase of your journey!