SELF-HELP

Cannonball! Fearlessly Facing Midlife and Beyond

Three Tomatoes. Jun. 2020. 236p. ISBN 9780578699011. pap. $14.99. SELF-HELP
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Public speaker and blogger Schmidt wants women to know that it’s never too late and they’re never too old to embrace their next stage of life. Using her own experience and that of others, she examines the difficulties in facing the unknown (perfectionism, self-doubt, judgment) and helps readers gain the confidence to live life to the fullest. Schmidt offers a series of challenges (creating greatness statements), reflections (asking what personal habits/outlooks/relationships need to change), and action steps (stop comparing oneself to others). In a particularly insightful chapter, the author encourages readers to get out of their own lanes and be receptive to the stories and ideas of others. “Listen,” she says, and “do something new when the opportunity arises.”
VERDICT Schmidt identifies with women’s issues and writes with encouragement and warmth. Her suggestions can easily be implemented and will give readers the courage and push they need to move forward. Recommended for all women approaching or past the midlife marker.

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