YOU WERE BORN #1 by Syldia Bailey-Walker

YOU WERE BORN #1

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this self-help book grounded in experience, Bailey-Walker offers advice for adopting a more positive outlook.

Why do so many people sell themselves short in everyday life? Writing in a conversational tone, Bailey-Walker argues that anyone can learn “how to feel, look and act like the #1 person that you are.” Her book begins by reflecting that happiness “is a choice you make” and follows up with a chapter on choosing flattering clothes and related subjects such as good posture, little of which will seem new to most women. Later sections deal with topics that range from practical tips on acquiring a wide vocabulary and getting organized to philosophical guidelines for what Bailey-Walker considers a life well-spent. The most valuable parts of the book include a chapter called “Personal Moments,” which urges people to commit to taking breaks from their daily routines, thus allowing everyone “celebrate” their uniqueness. Those sections urge readers, for example, to enjoy nature’s beauty and to “take a hint from the more European habit of occasionally indulging your senses” with a glass of wine. In keeping with its upbeat tone, the book has a “Positives and Negatives” chapter that recommends “prudent optimism” for coping with realities such as job loss. It ends with a discussion of how readers can use their talents to help others and a series of descriptions with accompanying drawings focused on what readers could ideally become at life’s different stages. The wide range of subjects and the brevity of this guide offer few opportunities for much depth. However, the book will encourage people to think about what truly matters, as it offers pointers on finding happiness amid ordinary experiences.

A common-sense guide to staying focused on what matters most in life.

Pub Date: May 16th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1469127217
Page count: 132pp
Publisher: Xlibris
Program: Kirkus Indie
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