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Have you ever dreamed of a life full of laughter, love and sequins... But felt totally clueless about how to make it happen? You're not alone. I spent years in soul-sucking jobs, battling depression, an eating disorder, and a preference for chaos and disaster, simply because I didn't know how to create the life I dreamed about. In RADICAL SELF LOVE, you'll begin to discover Have you ever dreamed of a life full of laughter, love and sequins... But felt totally clueless about how to make it happen? You're not alone. I spent years in soul-sucking jobs, battling depression, an eating disorder, and a preference for chaos and disaster, simply because I didn't know how to create the life I dreamed about. In RADICAL SELF LOVE, you'll begin to discover exactly what makes you so magnificent, and you'll uncover a litany of tools and techniques to help you manifest a life that bursts with magic, bliss and adventure. When you love yourself, life is limitless. You can do anything you want. It's time to throw off the shackles of expectation, and start living from your heart. It's time to astound yourself with how beautiful your life can be. It's time to treat every single day like a celebration... Cake, candles and confetti very much included! "Radical Self Love should be on every woman's bookshelf. Gala Darling is the fresh voice of a new generation, encouraging us to love ourselves and rediscover the most magical facets of who we are. This book will crack you open to the presence of your authentic power." -- Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times best-selling author of Miracles Now


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Have you ever dreamed of a life full of laughter, love and sequins... But felt totally clueless about how to make it happen? You're not alone. I spent years in soul-sucking jobs, battling depression, an eating disorder, and a preference for chaos and disaster, simply because I didn't know how to create the life I dreamed about. In RADICAL SELF LOVE, you'll begin to discover Have you ever dreamed of a life full of laughter, love and sequins... But felt totally clueless about how to make it happen? You're not alone. I spent years in soul-sucking jobs, battling depression, an eating disorder, and a preference for chaos and disaster, simply because I didn't know how to create the life I dreamed about. In RADICAL SELF LOVE, you'll begin to discover exactly what makes you so magnificent, and you'll uncover a litany of tools and techniques to help you manifest a life that bursts with magic, bliss and adventure. When you love yourself, life is limitless. You can do anything you want. It's time to throw off the shackles of expectation, and start living from your heart. It's time to astound yourself with how beautiful your life can be. It's time to treat every single day like a celebration... Cake, candles and confetti very much included! "Radical Self Love should be on every woman's bookshelf. Gala Darling is the fresh voice of a new generation, encouraging us to love ourselves and rediscover the most magical facets of who we are. This book will crack you open to the presence of your authentic power." -- Gabrielle Bernstein, New York Times best-selling author of Miracles Now

30 review for Radical Self Love: A Guide to Loving Yourself and Living Your Dream

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bored Housewife

    This is a book for every woman. I read similar books by Melissa Ambrosini, Gabrielle Bernstein and the like but they all sounded disingenuous and cliched. I didn't - couldn't - relate to them at all. The only feeling I was left with after putting them down was nausea. Gala is none of this. I note that a lot of people in Goodreads have put her down. To be honest, given the lack of weight in their complaints, I view this whinging as backhanded compliments. Shots of jealousy if you will. After all, This is a book for every woman. I read similar books by Melissa Ambrosini, Gabrielle Bernstein and the like but they all sounded disingenuous and cliched. I didn't - couldn't - relate to them at all. The only feeling I was left with after putting them down was nausea. Gala is none of this. I note that a lot of people in Goodreads have put her down. To be honest, given the lack of weight in their complaints, I view this whinging as backhanded compliments. Shots of jealousy if you will. After all, she's written a damn fine book that is easily digestible, offers some good advice and allows you to consider what I find to be a valuable perspective. She's not trying to get anything into schools, she's not fashioning herself as a guru, not telling you to do this or do that and, most importantly, unlike the Bernsteins and Ambrosinis of this world, she is not in your face. I don't have the benefit of having followed her blog for years so I can appreciate the book on its own. And it stands up well on its own. Most bloggers find this transition difficult and their efforts bomb. Not so with Gala who manages to saddle both spheres with dexterity and aplomb. Sure, some of what she has to say might strike you as rewrapped wisdom but her voice is her own. And it is for that very reason I need to look at why I was easily sucked in by her. Gala Darling's representation of her alleged eating disorder and depression are quite damning as is her promotion of 'tapping' which absolutely has no evidence based reasoning attached to it at all. Her repeated assertions that her eating disorder disappeared overnight are worrying. Tapping does not fix psychiatric problems. And eating disorders have nothing to do with food. They are psychiatric disorders requiring serious, professional intervention. That she flips so blithely through this sets off more than a few red flags. She also talks about radical self love as being a feminist issue, espousing the ideal that we all just be ourselves, that we don't need any materialistic things to make us happy within ourselves and yet when I look at Gala, I see her surgically altered face, breast implants, couture clothing, expensive handbags and all the trappings that come with money and I start to see the shallow cracks emerge in the whole radical self love facade. This book is an entertaining read. Gala Darling is an excellent confidence woman. She crafts her writing carefully and her message is beautifully sculpted bullshit. But it's what we all long to hear. So we buy it. And we drown in it and lift her out of it with our collective worship. This is a book for every woman. As a stark warning to them that there are some seriously deranged people out there who want you to believe their own rubbish so they can make money out of you. If radical self love means anything to you it must mean that you keep away from maniacs like Gala Darling.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    If you've been reading Gala Darling's advice for as long as I have, you have read this book before. I purchased the same chapters (she probably did some editing here and there) off of her website a few years back. While I enjoy Gala's style most of the time (the overuse of exclamation points is distracting), the recycled material will definitely dissuade me from ever purchasing any of her advice materials again. If you've been reading Gala Darling's advice for as long as I have, you have read this book before. I purchased the same chapters (she probably did some editing here and there) off of her website a few years back. While I enjoy Gala's style most of the time (the overuse of exclamation points is distracting), the recycled material will definitely dissuade me from ever purchasing any of her advice materials again.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Awful. So self indulgent I couldn't even finish. Awful. So self indulgent I couldn't even finish.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rhea

    I've been aware of Gala Darling for some time, but never was an avid reader of her site. Other people have mentioned that a lot of the stuff in here is stuff recycled from her own site, but I'd go even farther than that and say that a lot of the stuff in here is stuff recycled from general self-love, body-positive stuff I see on the internet. If you're already familiar with those spaces, like me, this book doesn't really offer up anything new, it just slaps "radical" in front of self-love to mak I've been aware of Gala Darling for some time, but never was an avid reader of her site. Other people have mentioned that a lot of the stuff in here is stuff recycled from her own site, but I'd go even farther than that and say that a lot of the stuff in here is stuff recycled from general self-love, body-positive stuff I see on the internet. If you're already familiar with those spaces, like me, this book doesn't really offer up anything new, it just slaps "radical" in front of self-love to make it "unique." I was also really concerned with "The Secret" esque tapping and positive thinking suggestions for curing oneself of depression and/or a serious illness (Darling claims that tapping lead to a miracle cure of her own eating disorder.) While it may have worked for her, I feel like the whole section has an undertone that discourages people from seeking real professional help. (Another thing that made me side-eye the whole tapping section: she had a link to join her tapping journey but when I went to said link on her website all the content was taken down and there was prompt to join her 100 dollar tapping class. Snake oil, much?). Someone starting their journey in self-love would better be suited elsewhere, I think.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Wells

    Awesome book! Full of great concepts and practical ways to put them into practice. I really like how each chapter is structured with "homework" assignments at the end. The only things I didn't like were the chapter on fashion (not my thing and it also seemed to deviate from the "there are no rules" theme of the rest of the book) and, as a few people mentioned, there is a chapter that sums up pretty much all of How to Win Friends and Influence People which was a bit excessive. But the rest of the Awesome book! Full of great concepts and practical ways to put them into practice. I really like how each chapter is structured with "homework" assignments at the end. The only things I didn't like were the chapter on fashion (not my thing and it also seemed to deviate from the "there are no rules" theme of the rest of the book) and, as a few people mentioned, there is a chapter that sums up pretty much all of How to Win Friends and Influence People which was a bit excessive. But the rest of the book blew me away and provided me with a ton of great concepts that I'll be implementing in my own life starting now.

  6. 4 out of 5

    S. H.

    Her dangerous health claims stem from an obvious lack of knowledge on human physiologically and science in general. I urge you to disregard any health advice given in this book and consult an actual doctor or psychiatrist. You can not tap a disease like asthma away. Believing so points to a lack of understanding of how human bodies and cells in themselves function. This is honestly despicable.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Liesje Leest

    Radical Self Love is a super positive book. The positivity radiates right from the cheery pink cover. The book is filled to the brim with tips on how to cheer up your life, do more fun things and how to learn to love yourself. Each chapter opens with cute little drawings that match the theme of the chapter and it includes some homework as well. The tips and ideas the book gives are good, useful and easy to implement in your life. So why only 2 stars? While the tips in the book are good and helpfu Radical Self Love is a super positive book. The positivity radiates right from the cheery pink cover. The book is filled to the brim with tips on how to cheer up your life, do more fun things and how to learn to love yourself. Each chapter opens with cute little drawings that match the theme of the chapter and it includes some homework as well. The tips and ideas the book gives are good, useful and easy to implement in your life. So why only 2 stars? While the tips in the book are good and helpful there isn't anything in the book that I haven't read before. I read the book in just a few days, it's well written and I will use some of the tips but I felt like the book was reminding me of things I heard before instead of telling me something new. I also disliked the chapter on magic and asking the universe for things...I'm too skeptic for something like that. Radical Self Love is a nice book, filled with useful tips and positive happy things but unfortunately it's also full of predictable things. I wouldn't advise against reading/buying it at all, it's not a bad book, and it can be useful to be reminded of the things that are mentioned, but it's just nothing new.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aman Mittal

    Written by Gala Darling, this book is indeed about personal development. I know there are many books out there that cover topics shared by the author in this book. However, this one is unique. It is indeed one of its own kind because of the language and the way the author talks to her reader. Life is limitless is the message of this book. This book is close to being the modern day How to Win Friends and Influence People in a sense that it talks about you rather than the people. It offers suggesti Written by Gala Darling, this book is indeed about personal development. I know there are many books out there that cover topics shared by the author in this book. However, this one is unique. It is indeed one of its own kind because of the language and the way the author talks to her reader. Life is limitless is the message of this book. This book is close to being the modern day How to Win Friends and Influence People in a sense that it talks about you rather than the people. It offers suggestion and the author's own life's anecdotes about how you must care for yourself in terms of job, money, life and executing those things you want to excel. The execution, any day, triumphs over the talent. Written in a simple and easy to crisp language, one can finish this book in no time. I did feel connected to Gala's ideas and am trying to adapt to some of her suggestions as they seem, on reading the book those missing pieces of the puzzle of my life. Many believe that this book is written from a feminist point of view. I disagree with them. The core might seem like that, but things inside this one are intellectual and pragmatic. Recommended, even if you are into self-help/personal development porn or have read quite some books on the subject matter. This one is definitely different and will boost you up from various angles.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anvi

    Okay, so I am a sucker for anything Self Love and I started this one last year but couldn't get around to finishing it. I decided to reread and complete it a couple of weeks back and boy, o boy, was it fun?! I think this is a very In-Your-Face book to everything rigidly religious because Gala talks about everything blasphemous (wickedly good in every sense of the word). What thoroughly got my brain corks working was amazingly creative and FUN, the whole process of loving yourself can be! I am st Okay, so I am a sucker for anything Self Love and I started this one last year but couldn't get around to finishing it. I decided to reread and complete it a couple of weeks back and boy, o boy, was it fun?! I think this is a very In-Your-Face book to everything rigidly religious because Gala talks about everything blasphemous (wickedly good in every sense of the word). What thoroughly got my brain corks working was amazingly creative and FUN, the whole process of loving yourself can be! I am still reeling from the happy consequences of what I've learned and relearned in here and I can't wait to begin by very own Radical Self Love Bible (aha, how's that for the Vatican? ;) )

  10. 4 out of 5

    Slug Captain

    I devoured this book. This is such an amazing book and I'm so glad I pre-ordered it. An absolute must for anyone suffering with social anxiety and low self esteem, and just people who need a bit of self lovin' in general. I devoured this book. This is such an amazing book and I'm so glad I pre-ordered it. An absolute must for anyone suffering with social anxiety and low self esteem, and just people who need a bit of self lovin' in general.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    I finished this one in a day. Fun and practical, filled with fantastic self-care reminders. As a Compassion Fatigue Educator I use a lot of these tools already but still found so many things to highlight and draw hearts around! Would be a great gift for someone you love who hasn't yet fallen in love with their own fabulous self, or for someone who walks the talk already and would love reading a book that shares their spirited outlook on life. So, really, everyone should read this. Some distractin I finished this one in a day. Fun and practical, filled with fantastic self-care reminders. As a Compassion Fatigue Educator I use a lot of these tools already but still found so many things to highlight and draw hearts around! Would be a great gift for someone you love who hasn't yet fallen in love with their own fabulous self, or for someone who walks the talk already and would love reading a book that shares their spirited outlook on life. So, really, everyone should read this. Some distracting typos but I got past them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Cowles

    This book was a great way to start my year! If, like me, you feel stuck, boring and generally aren’t liking who you are or where you’re at in your life, AND you’re ready to do something about all that, then this book is a great way to start. It isn’t an instructional step-by-step guide, but rather an inspirational choose-your-own-Adventure guide to kicking negativity in the ass and living the life you want. Gala Darling provides countless ideas, advice, opinions and even homework to help you get be This book was a great way to start my year! If, like me, you feel stuck, boring and generally aren’t liking who you are or where you’re at in your life, AND you’re ready to do something about all that, then this book is a great way to start. It isn’t an instructional step-by-step guide, but rather an inspirational choose-your-own-Adventure guide to kicking negativity in the ass and living the life you want. Gala Darling provides countless ideas, advice, opinions and even homework to help you get better at loving yourself for who you really are and helping others feel the same. I felt I could really connect what I was feeling and what I had experienced with what Gala was describing in the book and I want to try pretty much all of her suggestions. But the great thing about the book is that I can choose bits and pieces to do at a time and just start. I don’t have to do it all at once or have done things by a deadline. I have the information now and can consult it whenever I like. If you need a boost, want to cleanse your life and start feeling like the bad-ass babe you are, this is a book you definitely need on your shelf.

  13. 4 out of 5

    elyse wilson

    i never heard of gala or her blog and stumbled into a book reading and discussion with her a few days ago. got the book and really enjoyed the direct, easy to digest advice on relationships, forgiveness, inspiration, and acceptance. the homework page at the end of each section was a good breakdown of what was discussed, with action steps. she was a joy to meet and im looking forward to reading her blog as well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Eliza Beth

    If there was an option of ten stars this book would get them! Really lovely and inspiring read. Fun, fabulous and flamboyant! <3

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paris Doran

    Could not have loved this more - will recommend to all my friends. I already follow Gala on instagram and her blog, but there was so much new amazing content that I didn't expect. Seriously - everybody needs to read this - this is what all my friends are getting for their birthday! Could not have loved this more - will recommend to all my friends. I already follow Gala on instagram and her blog, but there was so much new amazing content that I didn't expect. Seriously - everybody needs to read this - this is what all my friends are getting for their birthday!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amy Tasukada

    pretty standard but I don't usually read books like this so perhaps others will find it more/less useful. She mentioned the tapping thing once but will little actual science to back it up probably would've been better to recommend people seek professional help. But again it was mentioned only once or twice so It was an easy thing to ignore. pretty standard but I don't usually read books like this so perhaps others will find it more/less useful. She mentioned the tapping thing once but will little actual science to back it up probably would've been better to recommend people seek professional help. But again it was mentioned only once or twice so It was an easy thing to ignore.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Han

    The book is essentially a collection of giant blog posts. It started off feeling like an autobiography but then turned into a series of bullet points. Theres nothing particularly new in this book that you wont have heard of before if you've been a long time reader (and fan) of her blog like I have. Thats not to say its not interesting content though, I enjoy having the homework sections as I will be referring back to them as my goals and tasks over the next year and I definitely found one or two The book is essentially a collection of giant blog posts. It started off feeling like an autobiography but then turned into a series of bullet points. Theres nothing particularly new in this book that you wont have heard of before if you've been a long time reader (and fan) of her blog like I have. Thats not to say its not interesting content though, I enjoy having the homework sections as I will be referring back to them as my goals and tasks over the next year and I definitely found one or two new things in there the five love languages for one. If your new to the 'self help' scene its a very good introduction and I would definitely recommend it but if you've read any other books in the genre you're probably not going to get much out of it. I know the new age sections probably don't appeal to some but I quite enjoyed reading about them as its not something you will find in most other books unless you buy specific books on those topics. The size of the book was a bit awkward, not A5 and not A4 sort of a floppy in between, I would have preferred an A5 size simply because it didn't fit in my bag so I was only really able to read it at home! Also the print quality on the cover was dreadful, washed out and grainy, but I think this is because its one of amazons print on demand jobs so there wouldn't have been as strict quality control as I imagine gala probably would have liked!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dearwassily

    I like reading this kind of crap at work because I know it won't require much thought or focus and in that sense, this did not disappoint. There was nothing new here, just fluffy pink bullshit, part of the trend of "making your dreams come true and improving your life!!!" by making empty promises to people in exchange for their $ (see: pretty much any "entrepreneur" on the internet). I'm all for blogging and self-expression, I'm also all for being positive and acknowledging that wishing for some I like reading this kind of crap at work because I know it won't require much thought or focus and in that sense, this did not disappoint. There was nothing new here, just fluffy pink bullshit, part of the trend of "making your dreams come true and improving your life!!!" by making empty promises to people in exchange for their $ (see: pretty much any "entrepreneur" on the internet). I'm all for blogging and self-expression, I'm also all for being positive and acknowledging that wishing for something isn't enough. As Gala stresses, you have to actually take action. Unfortunately, her "actions" are making vision boards and visualizing in your head what you want to accomplish. She never touches upon any REAL way to take action (aside from, I guess, "ask for what you want").

  19. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Having been an avid reader of Gala's blog for a good four years, I found a lot of this I had read in one way or another before. However that does not make it any less interesting or inspiring a read and I would recommend to those interested in self-care and positive living. The first section on loving yourself was definitely the most enjoyable part for me, but there are also a lot of good tips about meeting new people and maintaining healthy relationships. Having been an avid reader of Gala's blog for a good four years, I found a lot of this I had read in one way or another before. However that does not make it any less interesting or inspiring a read and I would recommend to those interested in self-care and positive living. The first section on loving yourself was definitely the most enjoyable part for me, but there are also a lot of good tips about meeting new people and maintaining healthy relationships.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I love Gala and have loved her work for quite some time. I'm so proud of her for publishing a book. A lot of the material from the book were things from the Love & Sequins series which is why this is a 4 star review. Radical Self Love definitely gave me a lot to think about and has guided me to a more positive love-filled road. I love Gala and have loved her work for quite some time. I'm so proud of her for publishing a book. A lot of the material from the book were things from the Love & Sequins series which is why this is a 4 star review. Radical Self Love definitely gave me a lot to think about and has guided me to a more positive love-filled road.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Weinstein

    Gala Darling shares her personal journey to Radical Self Love and empowers readers with a plan that can be started immediately. What I liked most about this book was its friendly tone and use of lists with the cutest heart bullets. The homework assignments are a great way to close out each chapter. A breezy, quick read--I finished this book on a cross-country flight!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amie Burton

    This book is exactly the same information that Gala gives on her blog - basic, fun, and great reminders at how to make the most out of life. Although, the reading is redundant I am happy to support someone that I agree with and am proud that her hard work paid off in a book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Harriet

    THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD BOOK. I appreciated the concepts around Radical Self-Love even if some chapters didn't relate to me 100%. THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD BOOK. I appreciated the concepts around Radical Self-Love even if some chapters didn't relate to me 100%.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    A little simplistic but a sweet read, very optimistic

  25. 5 out of 5

    Day

    Book #19of 2019 is Radical Self-Love by Gala Darling. Where do I start? I tried. I really tried. I feel like I could be friends with Gala but that she isn't the most helpful. The book could be condensed into. Three page list and it would be more helpful. In some of her ways of trying to help she actually says some things that will not only trigger but shame some people. For example, her proclivity to continually talk about eating healthy. While I understand that the idea is to care for yourself, Book #19of 2019 is Radical Self-Love by Gala Darling. Where do I start? I tried. I really tried. I feel like I could be friends with Gala but that she isn't the most helpful. The book could be condensed into. Three page list and it would be more helpful. In some of her ways of trying to help she actually says some things that will not only trigger but shame some people. For example, her proclivity to continually talk about eating healthy. While I understand that the idea is to care for yourself, it comes off as very judgemental. And again, I think in person she would maybe not come off this way but in the book, with how condensed and rushed it is, it feels matter of fact, like "Do this. K? Easy enough!" I also despise her chapter on style because she talks about things and colors that flatter us. Honestly, if you want to learn to love yourself, go all in. This is some half version where you learn to love the you that is half you and half what is expected of you. In other words, love the compromised version of you but believe it's fully you. There are books that NAIL the self love things. Things You Don't tell Fat Girls is one. Shrill is one. ANYTHING by Brene Brown. They give you the components and you use them. So much of this book is rooted in being happy (which I find to be the dumbest goal because happiness is absolutely NOT sustainable, contentment it) that a lot of the advice feels superficial. I found myself thinking "you can run from the issues. You can cover the issues in lipgloss. The issues don't disappear because of those things though." To me, the advice feels a bit juvenile. I'd be interested in hearing her advice after having kids or if she had to be part of a minority sect of humans and how it changed. Don't get me wrong, I agree with the message. We should arrive to love ourselves and care for ourselves and fill the holes we have in our hearts ourselves as well as learn to validate ourselves...I just don't think she quite grasps that wholeheartedly. I feel like she maybe needs another decade to really pin these ideas down and sort through the rubbish ideas. That being said, she seems like a genuinely sweet person and I am happy for her. Maybe to someone who hasn't been on this journey for a decade and who hasn't read a bunch from body positive activists and intersectional activists, they would take more from this.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Have you read a self help book before? Then you pretty much know what’s in this one – affirmations, you are in charge of your own life, set goals, be kind to yourself, etc. A solid 75% are platitudes that you’ve seen in fancy typography on Pinterest (“life is not about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself!”) But you’re not reading this because you’re looking for stunning psychological insights, right? You’re also there because you follow this lady and her ridiculous style on Insta and y Have you read a self help book before? Then you pretty much know what’s in this one – affirmations, you are in charge of your own life, set goals, be kind to yourself, etc. A solid 75% are platitudes that you’ve seen in fancy typography on Pinterest (“life is not about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself!”) But you’re not reading this because you’re looking for stunning psychological insights, right? You’re also there because you follow this lady and her ridiculous style on Insta and you’re curious about the real live book that she’s published? Turns out she’s a capable but by no means inventive or poetic writer. Tbh I prefer her chatty social media voice because spun out into book length, her writing can get pretty repetitive, especially on a sentence & thematic level. There’s a lot that feels bs (that story about tapping curing her eating disorder after one session made me almost physically ill, if you’re battling an eating disorder please see a psychologist as well as tapping on it) (and also, this is very much geared for people with a certain amount of privilege, sometimes I would cycle between this book & the news and it felt wholly ridiculous to read “each happy thought brings something good to you, while each negative one pushes good things away” when reading about the shit that’s going on with Trump, but I guess class and xenophobia and intersectional feminism aren’t really the point with a book like this) (also, you can absolutely love yourself and get plastic surgery, but I would’ve appreciated an acknowledgement of, like, “sometimes manifesting shit involves vision boards and sometimes it involves a shit ton of money and silicon.”) Honestly, I’m embarrassed to even have something like this on my goodreads shelf, but I trust Gala Darling’s sequinned, perfectly toned ass, so maybe that makes me more liable to take her advice, too. Three stars for a frothy, lightweight advice book that veers towards the superficial (like her favourite writer Francesca Lia Block, Gala Darling is a great stylist, but doesn’t offer much depth or vulnerability once you peer past the sparkle) which nonetheless got me to take a look at my trainwreck life and go, “oh god she’s right I gotta get it together.”

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melody Luna

    I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK! Gala Darling has totally changed my life; her teachings have helped me overcome so much, I don't even know where to start... I found Gala's blog at the start of my self-love journey, and her work REALLY helped me become the person I am today (from my eating disorder self to a fully recovered human), and is continuing to help become someone even more bad ass! Will this book change your life? Answer: it can, but only if you do the work. No, reading the book won't miracul I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK! Gala Darling has totally changed my life; her teachings have helped me overcome so much, I don't even know where to start... I found Gala's blog at the start of my self-love journey, and her work REALLY helped me become the person I am today (from my eating disorder self to a fully recovered human), and is continuing to help become someone even more bad ass! Will this book change your life? Answer: it can, but only if you do the work. No, reading the book won't miraculously transform you overnight (or, at least, it didn't work that way for me-if it does for you, please let me know!). But if you put time and effort into yourself and your life, if you put love and care into yourself and your life, then yes, you CAN change your life. And this book is a wonderful guide to have along the way. I would recommend this book for all women; every woman should have a copy on their shelf! Really though, Gala's advice is just generally good advice for anyone, so I wouldn't shy away if you are a different gender. One thing I will say though, is that this book may not be the best for someone struggling with EXTREME mental illness. I'm not saying that it won't help you, but you may need more specialized help, in dealing with whatever you are dealing with. For example, I did attend an eating disorder group, for almost a year. And I've also seen an individual therapist. If you're really, really struggling, this book may not be enough for you, or it just may not be the right fit. That being said, I really recommend picking up a copy, if anything just to have ON TOP of the professional resources you already have available.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nguyen Luan

    Truly an amazing book, I couldn't put it down. It has changed my life forever. I hope there will be a second installment. Some of my favorite quotes come from "Radical Self-Love" “Begin to pay attention to what you say and the messages you send to yourself and the people around you. It is more important than you could ever imagine!” - Gala Darling “The marvelous thing about happiness is that, in a lot of ways, it’s very easy. You can either choose a thought that makes you happy or a thought that m Truly an amazing book, I couldn't put it down. It has changed my life forever. I hope there will be a second installment. Some of my favorite quotes come from "Radical Self-Love" “Begin to pay attention to what you say and the messages you send to yourself and the people around you. It is more important than you could ever imagine!” - Gala Darling “The marvelous thing about happiness is that, in a lot of ways, it’s very easy. You can either choose a thought that makes you happy or a thought that makes you anxious, and you can make that choice every moment of every day.” - Gala Darling “No matter where you are and no matter what is going on around you, this is the only moment you ever have. Tomorrow may never come, and your past is long gone. The future, with all its promises and anxieties, may never eventuate. All you have is this moment,right here and right now.” - Gala Darling And I have extracted from the book some paragraphs that I like best in order to introduce this good book to the readers: "Life is not about finding yourself" "Other people will always have opinions about you" "Every happy thought brings something good to you" Thanks and Wish you and your family health and success.

  29. 5 out of 5

    E. D. Hirsch

    I enjoyed her fresh perspective on creating a life you love and this book introduced me to tapping. In doing so, I was inspired to do more research on EFT tapping and found a lot of validity to the practice in a tool to help mood, depression and anxiety. However, I want to warn readers that (as I understood it) she writes that she cured herself of an eating disorder exclusively with tapping. I wish she had made more explicit statements about how EFT tapping is only one tool to be used in combina I enjoyed her fresh perspective on creating a life you love and this book introduced me to tapping. In doing so, I was inspired to do more research on EFT tapping and found a lot of validity to the practice in a tool to help mood, depression and anxiety. However, I want to warn readers that (as I understood it) she writes that she cured herself of an eating disorder exclusively with tapping. I wish she had made more explicit statements about how EFT tapping is only one tool to be used in combination with other resources like therapy, the help of a physician and so on to battle an eating disorder. She also writes she cured her asthma with tapping. I never wish to diminish anyone’s experiences but I don’t believe that is really possible from a physiological standpoint. I would disregard any medical advice but keep the the safe, practical self-care tips and positive messages. This book was written some years ago, and as I follow her on Instagram, I can see more growth in her self-help practice. This was a good place to start and I can see how many people will vibe with her positive energy and unique brand.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Have mixed thoughts and opinions for this book. Made me think over and over again what has been happening in my life all this time. And it hits even harder when I spotted this piece of beautiful article this week https://poni.medium.com/love-yourself... "We spend so much time trying to change our outer environment thinking that is the reason for our internal state. We think that getting that next thing, that next experience will make us 10% happier. What we fail to realize is that when that high Have mixed thoughts and opinions for this book. Made me think over and over again what has been happening in my life all this time. And it hits even harder when I spotted this piece of beautiful article this week https://poni.medium.com/love-yourself... "We spend so much time trying to change our outer environment thinking that is the reason for our internal state. We think that getting that next thing, that next experience will make us 10% happier. What we fail to realize is that when that high is gone we are back to where we've started, searching for the next wave. No experience can fix what you have inside of you. Why not work on yourself first and let all the experiences flow naturally in your life afterwards." Self-love is not easy for many of us. It requires us to keep choosing ourselves, even if it means upsetting others and not being popular anymore, refusing to seek permission or approval to be ourselves.

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