When I decided to read Falling for Me by Anna David, I chose it because of the second half of the title – How I Hung Curtains, Learned to Cook, Traveled to Seville, and Fell in Love. Since I love to cook, hang a mean curtain, have fallen in love, and really, really wish I had traveled to Seville, this sounded like a winner.
I admit it, I love self-help memoirs. It seems like there are so many ways to re-invent yourself, and Anna David has stumbled on one that I certainly would have never dreamed of – using Sex and The Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown as her guide.
I know. It sounds crazy. But it works. What makes it work is that Anna David doesn’t take it to the extreme. She pulls things from it that are usable and meaningful to her life today. She uses it to try new things, step out of her comfort zone, be more adventuresome.
For example: “A chic apartment can tell the world that you, for one, are not one of those miserable, pitiful single creatures.” –Sex and the Single Girl. Working from this line, Anna David started making some changes in her apartment. After a few trips to Restoration Hardware and IKEA, she has an apartment that she is proud of and she starts to enjoy it.
..lighting candles and cozying up under a blanket watching movies or cooking something simple and eating it at my cute little table-and-chair set, activities that once would have made me feel like the quintessential pathetic old maid….I begin to appreciate my living space as a peaceful oasis away from the fast pace of Manhattan.
What she really learns from the book is to be happy with herself, and if she is not happy, to do the things necessary to change.
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