Author: Alexandra Stoddard
Title: Living Beautifully Together
Theme: beautifying relationships with others and self
On a trip to purchase fresh wheat bread from a local bakery, my husband and I wandered into a nearby bookstore. It was small, a little disheveled, but charming! I got lost in the etiquette section, curious to find something new and that I did! I happened upon Alexandra Stoddard's book Living Beautifully Together. It's an oldie, but thumbing through the pages her words jumped out at me. Everything I needed to hear at this point in my life were being spoken to me. Something I've learned about myself is that I'm a workaholic. I love what I do, but I struggle with balancing that, family, and self care. Inevitably, I burned myself out and in came this idea of intentional living hitting me like a brick wall. I'm still undoing bad habits and trying on new, healthier, more fulfilling ones and learning to slow it down. The content, suggestions, thoughts, and musings offered by Alexandra is like a breath of fresh air. Even if you're not struggling for work/life balance, the perspective in Living Beautifully Together will rekindle and re-inspire your inner feminine energy. Life feels more romantic after reading her words, it inspires you to really find joy in what would otherwise feel mundane. You'll start to see how really special little moments in everyday can be and are.
The only critique I really have is it can read a tad materialistic on occasion, which I think is just a reflection of Alexandra's lifestyle and things she personally enjoys. Replace her suggestions with things you enjoy instead. I highly recommend this book for bath-time reading to sit back and relax and just be.