Have you met Kelly Exeter or her blog, A Life Less Frantic, before?
If not, head over. Say g’day. Marvel at her words. I’ll be waiting here when you get back. If you can tear yourself away.
Back? Excellent. How ace is she?
Last year, Kelly released a fabulous book, and I had the absolute honour of getting an early copy and sharing a review on this blog.
She has re-released it this year with a new title (and in a new, handbag-friendly book size). So I’m re-releasing my review of the book. Because I’ve re-read the re-release and it’s re-really fabulous.
Your Best Year Ever / Kelly Exeter
For those who are tired of feeling overwhelmed and directionless, this short, sweet little book will leave you with the same energy and purpose you get from a candid chat with a great friend.
In Your Best Year Ever, Kelly Exeter looks at the life lessons she’s learned the hard way. With brutal honesty, practical advice and inspiring examples, she shares 7 simple ways to shift your thinking for the better.
This book doesn’t aimlessly meander with a smattering of ambiguous and flowery words that are perhaps beautiful in their complexity, but inevitably superfluous (see what I did there?).
It’s also free of the underlines and bolds and SHOUTY BOLDY UNDERLINEY CAPITALS WITH BONUS EXCLAMATION MARKS (PLURAL)!!! that feature in so many books of the self-help variety.
It’s sharp. It’s to the point. It’s a book you can read over a cuppa and biscuit at afternoon teatime. And then think about for the rest of the day. Week. Month.
Your Best Year Ever is easy to read, at least in terms of the words used and the structure. But where it’s not easy to read is in the uncomfortable truths it forces you to face. You are no better and no worse than anyone else. You have enough time, you just don’t use it well.
You don’t really know what your friends are up to if you just read a few things they put in a facebook status update.
Many lines hit home, but given the length of the book, including them all would be akin to including spoilers. The two lines that stuck with me the most:
- The people who achieve the most aren’t the ones with the most time on their hands, but the ones who waste the least of the time available to them.
- When a decision isn’t clear-cut, when we’re agonising between two options, it’s often because the potential difference in future happiness between the two is tiny.
I’m not usually a fan of books in the self-help category, but I really enjoyed this and got a lot from it. Thanks, Kelly. Highly recommended.
You can read more about Your Best Year Ever, including where to purchase it, here.
Have you read Your Best Year Ever? What did you think?
NB: This is not a sponsored post. Kelly sent me a copy of Your Best Year Ever to sit alongside my original copy. And because she’s fabulous. Did I mention that already?