Title: A Little Pick Me Up
Author: Katie Portman
Publisher: TWH Publishing
Date of publication: 2019
Format reviewed: ebook
Number of pages: 139
Since the beginning of time, women have been made to feel bad about themselves. From our dress sizes to our careers, from our parenting skills to simply having an opinion, modern women come under immense, relentless pressure to look and behave in certain ways.
The stories we tell ourselves can lead to some dark emotions. They can even result in us hating ourselves – and other women.
It doesn’t have to be this way, though. We just need to realise our power, our value and our worth.
In a deeply personal book, award-winning blogger Katie Portman (www.poutinginheels.com) talks candidly about her own challenges as a woman and shares the tools she uses to overcome them. She invites fellow females to open their eyes to the beauty, power and potential that exists within them.
Covering subjects such as self-confidence, self-acceptance, ageing and identity, Katie holds up a mirror to gender imbalance, she lightens the mental load of mothers, and empowers everyone to practice self-love, not self-hatred.
With an ever-increasing focus on mental health, Katie’s messages should be relayed in schools, universities, on relationship apps and in mothers’ groups across the land. The book can be enjoyed in its entirety, or readers can dip into the ‘little pick me ups’ again and again and again – whenever they need a reminder of how wonderful they really are.
Rarely has a book got its title so right! A Little Pick Me Up does exactly what it promises.
Kate Portman talks to the reader as if she was having tea with a friend, sharing her wisdom in a funny and light way. But her message is important and powerful. While I was reading this book, I kept having ‘I never noticed that but it’s so true’ moments. You know, the things you do, you are told, without even thinking about it. Be nice, be pretty. Many little elements resonated with me. Society still burden us women with shackles, and the author’s hope is to help set us free.
I really enjoyed the different chapters focusing on a particular subject. My favorite were dread and guilt. I nodded as my eyes flew across the Kindle screen. I recognized my own behavior, and was pleasantly surprised by the little advice section at the end of each chapter. It’s perfect to remember what you’ve learned and make it stick.
Do I recommend A Little Pick Me Up? Yes!
It is a book every woman needs to feel lighter, be happier, and get rid of the unwanted pressure we are under. I give it bonus points as it contains bits of advice I was given to ease my anxiety! Like the way our inner dialogue impacts on our mood or the way we react to what happens to us. It is essential to learn how to be kinder to ourselves.
I also need to thank the author for smashing the idea that we need to be perfect and that we can have it all… Read A Little Pick Me Up if you feel you’re missing something, if you think you’re doing something wrong, or if you simply need a gentle reminder you’re amazing as you are.
You can grab your copy here
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Katie is an honorary Yorkshirewoman; she originally hailed from Lancashire and moved to Barnsley with her headteacher husband, Jamie, a couple of decades ago. They have two beautiful children, Elsie and Leo.
Katie is on social media, you can connect with her there.