Queen of Your Own Life: The Grown-Up Woman’s Guide to Claiming Happiness and Getting the Life You Deserve
Queen of Your Own Life by Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff is not the kind of book I usually read, in that it is a sort of self-help book, full of self-affirming mantras and feel-good platitudes. However, Chicken Soup for the Middle Aged Woman’s Soul this is not. Kathy Kinney (best known as Mimi on the Drew Carey Show) and Cindy Ratzlaff (the marketing genius behind the South Beach Diet) are two intelligent, funny women who have been there and done that and want to pay it forward by telling you about it.
It’s sort of a women’s mid-life crisis book, and it is the perfect gift book for a friend reaching a milestone birthday like 40 or 50. The premise is, in a vastly simplified nutshell, you have paid your dues by the time you’ve gotten to this age, and your knowledge and experience make you beautiful and (this is more important) powerful. You may not be Queen of anything else, but you are Queen of Your Own Life, and you have the duty as a monarch to protect your borders from invading Huns and others (including your own thoughts) that insist on challenging your absolute Queenliness. We are not Princesses any more, we are Queens — in charge and powerful.
What saves it from being your typical self-affirming bit of rah-rah tripe is the fact that it doesn’t take itself seriously. They suggest a crowning ceremony and creating a coat of arms, as silly and fun (or serious) as you want them to be. They refer you to their website, www.queenofyourownlife.com which has free printables, Queenisms quotes, and other fun not-old-enough-for-a-red-hat-and-purple-coat-but-old-enough-to-know-better goodies.
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Lori B. Duff is the author of the Amazon ‘Hot New Release’ Mismatched Shoes and Upside Down Pizza, a collection of autobiographical humor essays. The hard copy of the book can be found on Amazon & BarnesandNoble.com and select local retailers. The e-book can be found here. You can follow her on Twitter at @LoriBDuff and on Facebook. For more blogs written by Lori, click here. For more information about Lori in general, click here. If you want Lori to do your writing for you, click here.