Are you in an abusive or unhappy relationship? Do you try too hard to please your friends at the expense of your own needs and wants? Are you subservient to others and do you find yourself unable to become independent? Do you suffer from negative self-talk? These are all signs that your self-care regimen is deficient in some way. The Smart Girl's Guide to Self-Care tackles the common problems of effective self-care with practical suggestions for practices that will create a sustainable, lifelong self-care routine. For those who are beginners to concepts like mindfulness, meditation, opposite action, positive rebellion, positive affirmations and radical acceptance, this book will provide a useful and comprehensive introduction. For those struggling from the trauma of emotionally abusive relationships, this book will guide you in recognizing the signs of abuse, creating a reverse discourse that challenges ruminations over the abuse, moving forward successfully after a break-up using no contact, and techniques on coping with trauma in constructive and meaningful ways. Each chapter of this book also provides a list of supplemental resources as well as a recommended reading list to guide you on this journey to greater self-love and self-care. Although this book is intended for everyone, its target audience is young women who are socialized to believe that their needs and wants don't matter and that their relationships with others are much more important than the relationship they have with themselves. In order to have healthy, happy relationships with others, we must first cultivate healthy, happy relationships with ourselves and eradicate the toxic habits that deplete us of the self-love and self-acceptance necessary for a fulfilling life. You may be wondering: How is it possible to banish the browbeating bully inside your own head, influenced by all the bullies you've encountered in real life? How do you learn how to be more present in the moment rather than ruminating over the pitfalls of your past? How do you learn to love yourself, despite all of the experiences that tell you you aren't even worthy of your own respect and appreciation? Using a patchwork of diverse techniques and practices, The Smart Girl's Guide to Self-Care answers these questions through a holistic program of tending to the mind, body and spirit in healthier and more productive ways, serving as the portal to immense healing and enabling you to stage your own recovery and victory in ways you never thought possible.
The Smart Girl's Guide to Life is the essential guide to navigating the tricky and unexpected moments in life. Perfect for teen and 'tween' girls moving from primary to secondary school, this book is filled with practical and friendly advice about money, careers, boys and self-confidence.
Everything You Need to Know About Open Relationships, Non-Monogamy, and Alternative Love
Author: Dedeker Winston
Pubpsher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Family & Relationships
No one likes a know-it-all, but everyone loves a girl with brains and heart. The Smart Girl's Guide to Polyamory is an intelligent and comprehensive guide to polyamory, open relationships, and other forms of alternative love, offering relationship advice radically different from anything you'll find on the magazine rack. This practical guidebook will help women break free of the mold of traditional monogamy, without the constraints of jealousy, possessiveness, insecurity, and competition. The Smart Girl's Guide to Polyamory incorporates interviews and real-world advice from women of all ages in nontraditional relationships, as well as exercises for building self-awareness, confidence in communication, and strategies for managing and eliminating jealousy. If you're curious about exploring group sex, opening up your current monogamous relationship, or ready to “come out” as polyamorous, this book covers it all! Whether you're a seasoned graduate, a timid freshman, or somewhere in between, you'll learn how to discover and craft unique relationships that are healthy, happy, sexy, and tailor-made for you. Because when it comes to your love life, being a know-it-all is actually a great thing to be.
Release on 2003-03-18 | by Stacy Whitman,Wynne Whitman
Author: Stacy Whitman,Wynne Whitman
Category: Family & Relationships
The must-have guide for any woman who’s ever thought about saying “yes” to the other big question: Will you move in with me? More and more couples are choosing to live together before tying the knot—for convenience, to save money and, most importantly, to see if they’re compatible. While living together can be an exciting way to take your relationship to the next level, it can also present a host of new questions and challenges. With its fresh, girlfriend-to-girlfriend manner, Shacking Up walks you through every step of the cohabitation process, from making the initial decision to breaking up or getting married. Beginning with a readiness quiz to help you decide if you and your honey are prepared to take the plunge, authors Stacy and Wynne Whitman provide a wealth of hands-on advice from lawyers, psychologists and financial planners as well as entertaining, true-life stories from couples with shacking up experience. Topics include: breaking the news to your family; managing and merging your finances; protecting yourself legally; real-estate decisions; and day-to-day dilemmas such as chores, privacy, and keeping the spark alive. Whether you opt for wedding bells or decide he’s not the one for you, Shacking Up is a stylish, empowering handbook for staying smart, savvy, and true to yourself along the road to happily ever after.
Getting It Together How to Organize Your Space, Your Stuff, Your Time-And Your Life
Author: Erin Falligant
Pubpsher: American Girl
New title in the Smart Girl's Guides line of advice books. Includes quizzes, and quotes and advice from real girls. Loaded with tips and advice for getting control of your space, your belongings, your schedule, and your responsibilities#8212at home and at school. Major help with de-cluttering, starting small with a girl's backpack and locker, and then moving on to "5 zones" of her room: study, entertainment, clothing, get-ready, and sleep. Focus on emotional well-being#8212less frustration, less stress, more calm and confident, better relationships, better performance, increased happiness with life#8212when not late or losing or forgetting things. Includes "One Small Step" sidebars throughout, to help a girl get started with each area of organization and not feel overwhelmed.
Release on 2006-04-18 | by Caitlin Friedman,Kimberly Yorio
Valuable Lessons, Smart Suggestions, and True Stories for Succeeding as the Chick-in-Charge
Author: Caitlin Friedman,Kimberly Yorio
Pubpsher: Crown Business
Category: Business & Economics
Forget what you’ve heard. Nice girls can get the corner office. So, you finally got that promotion. You’re the boss now. The supervisor. The manager. The captain. Those days of taking orders and running errands are over. As exciting as all this might seem, once the rush of the promotion is over, you might be scratching your head wondering exactly what to do. Being the boss is never easy, but it's twice as hard for a woman. It seems like there's no middle ground. Either you're the dragon lady who rules with an iron fist or the mousey girl who gets drowned out at every meeting. When a woman wields authority and dares to make tough decisions, how often is the "B-word" bandied about by her employees? How can she strike that balance between pushover and dictator? Fear not. You can do the job. All you need is a little helpful advice to send you on your way. Whether you supervise two employees as a shift manager or lord over an entire corporate empire, Caitlin Friedman and Kim Yorio will show you how to step gracefully into your new position of power. They’ll teach you how to motivate your team without alienating them, how to delegate without feeling guilty, how to deal with office politics and how to handle evaluations, promotions, and even firings. And for those of you who are already running the show, they can help you become the mentor your employees deserve. Since women still don’t have much of a road map when it comes to taking charge at the office, the team who brought you the national bestseller The Girl’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business drew one up for us. Inside, there are self-assessment questionnaires to help you find out where you land on the bitch or wimp scale, interviews with prominent female bosses, and advice from a whole host of experts. Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio will teach you to be powerful without being possessive, to be opinionated without being brassy, and to have a strong voice without micromanaging. You’ll learn just how to own the role of queen bee in a positive way so that you can be more mentor than manager - one who leads, inspires, and motivates.
The Smart Girl's Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety
Author: Jaclyn Friedman
Pubpsher: Seal Press
Category: Health & Fitness
In this empowering, accessible guide, Jaclyn Friedman—co-editor of Yes Means Yes—gives young women the tools to decipher the modern world’s confusing, hypersexualized, sometimes dangerous landscape so they can define their own sexual identity. Friedman decries the hypocrisy and mixed messages of our culture (we’re failures if we don’t act sexy, but we’re sluts if we actually pursue sex; we need to be protected from rapists lurking in bushes, but deserve “whatever we get” if we have a drink at a party and wear a skirt), and encourages readers to separate fear from fact, decode the damaging messages all around them, and discover a healthy personal sexuality. Educational and interactive, What You Really Really Want includes revealing quizzes, creative exercises, and reality-based advice about sex and sexuality today. With Friedman’s informed advice to guide them, readers will build new skills for safely expressing their sexuality with lovers and explore effective ways to talk about tricky issues with family and friends—and learn how to make the world a little safer for everyone else’s sexuality along the way.
Authentic Advice on Everything from Eating to Dating and Motherhood
Author: Amy Stockwell Mercer
Pubpsher: Demos Medical Publishing
Category: Health & Fitness
Of the 17 million Americans who have diabetes, approximately 9.3 of that number are women. And it appears that number of women with diabetes is increasing each year. Diabetes is particularly difficult for women in large part due to the hormonal changes associated with the menstrual cycle, changes that affect blood sugar levels. As a consequence women with diabetes have higher rates of chest pain, heart attack, coronary heart disease and stroke. And women with diabetes face special challenges. The Smart Woman's Guide to Diabetes provides advice, tips, and research from a diverse community of women living with diabetes. It provides practical insight and references for the optimal management of diabetes from women living with the disease as well as doctors, nurses, nutritionists, and educators. Personal anecdotes from nearly one hundred women throughout the book reveal both the good and the bad of living with diabetes, including the frustration, sense of shame, sense of isolation as well as the capacity for strength and the opportunity for growth. The Smart Woman's Guide to Diabetes lets you know that you are not alone but rather it will make you feel like you are sitting in your favorite coffee shop with your friends who share the same disease. Special Features of Smart Woman's Guide to Diabetes include: Personal anecdotes on a wide variety of topics are in every chapter Authentic advice from women living with diabetes Expert tips from female endocrinologists, educators, and nutritionists who are also living with diabetes Comprehensive in scope this books examines all the challenges and issues women with diabetes face Research and statistics are provided for each topic
A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy
Author: Sharon Caldwell Peddie
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
Young women today are more stressed than many imagine. Society bombards the country’s precious young women with unrealistic expectations of superficial beauty, body type, and hyper overachievement in all areas. These relentless messages begin at younger and younger ages and are harmful to their self-esteem and well-being. Far too many young women suffer from anxiety, depression, eating disorders, sleep issues, bullying, or lack of simple joy. They need help to grow strong with a powerful sense of self and self-love. In Grow Yourself Beautiful, author Sharon Caldwell Peddie offers a comforting guide to help young women shift focus from these harmful superficial expectations. It empowers them to grow in satisfying, meaningful ways that will bring them joy, inner strength, and true beauty. A mother who has raised three daughters, Peddie uses the letters in the word “beautiful” to deliver solid advice. She helps girls build a strong foundation and deep roots to become truly beautiful, resilient, loving, joyful, strong women who will make beautiful contributions of their choice and in their own perfect timing.