"Our lives are so filled with junk from the past-from dried up tubes of glue to old grudges-that it's a wonder we can get up in the morning," exclaims motivator, best-selling author, columnist, and life coach Gail Blanke.
"If you want to grow, you gotta let go," is Blanke's mantra; and that means eliminating all the clutter-physical and emotional-that holds you back, weighs you down, or just makes you feel bad about yourself.
In THROW OUT FIFTY THINGS she takes us through each room of the house-from the attic to the garage-and even to the far reaches of our minds. Through poignant and humorous stories, she inspires us to get rid of the "life plaque" we've allowed to build-up there.
That junk drawer (you know that drawer) in the kitchen? Empty it!
Those old regrets? Throw 'em out!
That make-up from your "old" look? Toss it!
That relationship that depresses you? Dump it!
Once you've hit fifty-you'll be surprised how easy it is to get there-and once you've thrown out that too-tight belt and too-small view of yourself, you'll be ready to step out into the clearing and into the next, and greatest, segment of your life.
Blanke (Between Trapezes), a motivational speaker and former columnist for Real Simple, shovels aside detritus to make space for cleaner rooms and clearer minds. She challenges readers to follow her example in discarding 50 things; tossed items range from old clothes to "the need to be right." The author's suggestions range from the humble ("Have a swap party for your outgrown clothes") to the ambitious ("Clarify who you are"), and her scope and environmentally conscious mind-set make the book a rousing call to total transformation-one mismatched sock at a time. (Mar.)
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Grand Central Life & Style
March 19, 2009
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