Friday, June 7, 2013

Book Review: Treasure Yourself by Miranda Kerr

Treasure Yourself by Miranda Kerr. The title of this book immediately drew me into it, along with my love for Miranda. The modeling world is so cut-throat, and girls have been known to do drastic things to themselves to stay afloat in it, so I am very proud of Miranda for not taking that route. Along with being beautiful, she is also extremely intelligent and has some great advice for young girls in this book! It was such a fun and helpful read, I know I'll be keeping it close by for moments when I need reassurance or comforting words. Along with personal anecdotes, Miranda talks about how to have confidence, good self image, deal with jealousy, nutrition, relationships, optimism, gratitude, good energy and more. I'm going to separate this review into a few key points, so I hope you like it!

First off, Miranda talks about how important confidence is. She says, "When you accept and appreciate yourself you can handle and situation with class, dignity, and respect". I think this is such an important thing to remember. Although confidence is a very personal thing, it also affects everyone around you because it changes the way you behave. I know for me, I have struggled with being completely confident (everyone does, even Miranda) but I am continually working on it. On days when I am feeling more sure of myself, I do much better work and have better interactions with the people around me. Miranda also talks about something she called "your authentic self", and what a genuinely authentic person is. She says, "Your authentic self doesn't have to be picture perfect to society's standards". This is so true, and put in a beautiful way. 

Self Esteem and Beauty
From Miranda's experience as a supermodel, I expected her to be very wise on the topic of beauty. On the runway she exudes beauty and self assuredness. It really shocked me when she talked about struggling to accept how she looked. What I love most about her beauty philosophy is that she thinks of being beautiful as a state of mind. She says, "When a woman decides to be beautiful she radiates confidence and makes the most of her own traits and characteristics". I agree with this so much. I think that when someone is very accepting of their appearance, it shows in their actions and overall presence.

Health and Nutrition 
Being an avid Miranda fan, I already knew that she is very into nutrition and giving your body the exercise and nutrients it needs (she actually went to school for Psychology and Nutrition). About a year ago I actually became interested in yoga, and have gone to different classes all because of her influence. Miranda has one simple rule when it comes to diet: 80% healthy, 20% indulgence. She talks about how when she first became health conscious  she would deprive herself of all indulgent foods, and how that would make her want them more. I think that I'm the same way, and that I succeed most when my sweets are in moderation instead of completely gone. Another tip Miranda gives, is to have a morning routine. This gives you a way to slowly wake up and relax yourself by reading an affirmation, doing yoga and having a refreshing shower.

Jealousy is probably one of the worst emotions, I think we've all had to deal with it at some point. Weather it's a girl you you think is prettier than you or someone who got the job you were going after. Miranda has an insightful way of looking at it, she says, "The core of jealousy is inadequacy. Jealousy is present when our sense of self is put at risk. When we feel this emotion it is akin to having an identity crisis, and it is calling within us to be better ourselves". I agree with her stance, and I think that if we take our jealousy and turn it into motivation we will be able to be happy and succeed!

This section was particularly relavent to my life, and I took some very much need advice from it. Miranda talks about how important all our relationships are to forming our future self, and how we must first respect ourselves before others are willing to respect us. I think that probably one of the most amazing things she has said is, "be gentle with yourself, be gentle with others". It is simple and straight forward, yet if everyone lived by it the world would be a much better place. I have sometimes forgot to live by this, and have been way too harsh towards myself, and sometimes even to others. Miranda also advised to know when to walk away from a relationship that's finished. Not all relationships are meant to be life-long, and in order to grow, you have to move on and seek new relationships and experiences.

In the second half of the book, Miranda put together around 100 affirmations that inspire her. Some she has written herself, and some are written by her favorite authors / writers. They're all very insightful and great to read in the morning to get your day off on the right foot.

I am even more in awe of how incredible Miranda is now that I've read her book, I strongly recommend it to any girls out there looking for a feel-good read. I know I will forever be a fan of hers and use these lessons in my everyday life! xx Flo