Okay, this is a big statement to make, but I believe that every woman should own this book. I have been buying my local book stores out of every copy to gift to the women in my life.

If you don’t know Glennon Doyle yet, do yourself a favour and check her out. I first came across Glennon when I watched her TED Talk called Lessons from the Mental Hospital. From then on, I have been following her story and loving every second.

Her latest book Untamed can be summed up on the front page which says “stop pleasing, start living”. The book consists of many short chapters filled with anecdotes that are relatable, wise and empowering. I am not sure whether Glennon even knows this, but many of the things she talks about can be found in yoga philosophy, just using different words.

A book filled with ‘a ha’ moments in sentences and chapters that will speak to your heart. I feel like Glennon Doyle puts into words things that we know but never had the words to express.

Beautiful book for anyone who wants to feel free from shame, perfectionism, people pleasing, overthinking, addiction, fear or insecurity (so, everyone?).

ps: feel free to skip forward straight to the chapter called Buckets. It is my favourite!

Notable quotes (so hard to choose!)

“This life is mine alone. So I have stopped asking people for directions to places they’ve never been.”

“The most revolutionary thing a woman can do: the next right thing, one thing at a time, without asking permission or offering explanation.”

“The only thing that was ever wrong with me was my belief that there was something wrong with me. I quit spending my life trying to control myself and began to trust myself.”

“In my thirties, I learned that there is a type of pain in life that I want to feel. It’s the inevitable, excruciating, necessary pain of losing beautiful things: trust, dreams, health, animals, relationships, people. This kind of pain is the price of love, the cost of living a brave, openhearted life — and I’ll pay it. There is another kind of pain that comes not from losing beautiful things but from never even trying for them.”

“You’re not doing life wrong; you’re doing it right. If there’s any secret you’re missing, it’s that doing it right is just really hard. Feeling all your feelings is hard, but that’s what they’re for. Feelings are for feeling. All of them. Even the hard ones. The secret is that you’re doing it right, and that doing it right hurts sometimes.”

“Blessed are those brave enough to make things awkward, for they wake us up and move us forward.”

“Because once we feel, know, and dare to imagine more for ourselves, we cannot unfeel, unknow, or unimagine. There is no going back.”

“My children do not need me to save them. My children need to watch me save myself”