Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Review: "Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me"

  Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me
  Rachel Bertsche

Because our favorite celebrities project an aura of perfection, we often want their lives, or at least some elements of their lives.  But are their “perfect” lives attainable by ordinary people?   For eight months, author Rachel Bertsche imitated her favorite celebrities’ lives to answer this question. 

Each month, she sought to improve one area of her life and emulated the celebrity she felt best exemplified success in each area.

In her quest, she modeled her life on the following women and their accomplishments:

Jennifer Aniston-Body
Gwyneth Paltrow-Culinary Skills
Sarah Jessica Parker-Wardrobe
Tina Fey-Work Ethic
Jennifer Garner-Marriage
Julia Roberts-Serenity
Jessica Alba-Pregnancy
Beyonce-The Whole Package

her journey have a happy ending?  Did Rachel improve the quality of her life?  Read Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me to find out…

I very much enjoyed this book because I believe continuous self-improvement is an important part of growing as a human being.  It was also a reminder that we can’t be “perfect” in EVERY facet of our lives, and “cherry picking” other peoples’ best qualities and expecting those same performance levels in oneself is unrealistic.

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