I mentioned recently that my friend and fellow blogger Stephanie Shar has recently published her first e-book, and I’m thrilled to be sharing my thoughts on it today while Steph simultaneously guest posts on my other blog, The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower. Be sure to check that out, as she’s also giving away an copy of her e-book to a lucky reader!
In 7 Steps to Living Loudly: Discover Who You Are, Decide What You Need and Create the Life You Want, Stephanie draws on her passion for inspiring others as she breaks down her method for living Loudly. In keeping with the theme of her popular blog, The Loudmouth Lifestyle, she delves into the essence of the Loud movement: living fully and happily by following your dreams, loving yourself, and surrounding yourself with people that will inspire you on your journey. The seven steps are to Be You, Be Passionate, Be Honest, Be Present, Be Bold, Be Loved, and Be Loud; each step is also followed up by a journal prompt that helps the reader engage even more in the material.
7 Steps to Living Loudly is a small book that inspires a big experience. As she highlights the necessary phases of changing one’s life for the better, Stephanie keeps her message straightforward and her ideas organized, while also keeping her method open for the reader’s creativity to interpret. The seven steps can be approached at once – say, in one quiet evening’s dedicated study – or spaced out for deeper, more long-term work. A great idea is to attribute each step to a different day, spending a bit of time each morning or night (or both) with one step before moving on to the next; some readers may even be inclined to stretch each step out into a week, coming up with new ways to apply Stephanie’s advice and achieve related goals, like being more open to social situations or increasing one’s self-esteem. Likewise, the book can be returned to again and again, the steps followed through repeatedly, in order for readers to make Living Loudly a natural part of their everyday.
Stephanie writes with compassion, wit, and honesty; she becomes an instant friend to the reader, sitting down for drinks or coffee and some deep, motivating conversation. Though her narrative is breezy and lighthearted, she’s not afraid to dig deep and deliver some powerful truths. One of the most memorable moments for me came when she wrote, “You won’t know what love is supposed to look like until you love yourself, unconditionally.” Through this and many other messages, Stephanie’s wisdom and heartfelt support helped me to uncover some of the blocks in my own life and encouraged me to work hard at busting through them. Her journal prompts are simple in the way that they won’t seem daunting or intimidating to the reader, but they’re also effective, which is a difficult combination to achieve. As a debut, 7 Steps to Living Loudly shows Stephanie’s confidence and determination, as well as her genuine gift for inspirational writing; and as a source of motivation in living a happy, fulfilling life, it’s a great resource.
(It’s a .PDF so you don’t need an e-reader to enjoy!)
Author: Stephanie Shar
Genre: nonfiction, self-help, inspiration
Publisher: Stephanie Shar
Release date: June 8, 2014
Source: Stephanie Shar (c/o)
Buy the book: Dress Loudly