Blanche’s Book Club: ‘The Book of Boundaries.’

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I mentioned in my last book review that I started reading and journaling first thing in the morning — instead of heading straight to my desk to look for jobs.

Don’t worry; I still do plenty of job hunting. But I just give myself 20 minutes of quiet time to read and get my mind right before the day begins.

As I read the last book, I realized I had other self-improvement books I could read in the mornings.

I could designate mornings for self-improve reading, and other reading (for pleasure) could be for later in the day or on weekends. I really like having things organized — ha!

So, once I finished “Glow in the F*cking Dark,” I decided to read another book I got for Christmas: “The Book of Boundaries: Set the Limits That Will Set You Free” by Melissa Urban.

Melissa Urban is the Co-Founder of the Whole30, so she knows a lot about setting personal boundaries and keeping them, even when others have something to say.

At the start of the book, Melissa shares her personal story, and how it relates to her knowledge of boundaries. She is a recovering addict, and also uses this section of the book to remind readers of her privilege as a white woman. I really appreciated her transparency in all areas!

From there, she outlines the best way to use the book. each chapter covers different places in your life you may need boundaries, such as: family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, co-parents, significant others, with food and alcohol, sensitive subjects, and yourself.

I’ll admit that some of these areas don’t apply to me, but reading about them was interesting and added to the larger context of boundaries.

One really useful thing in the book is that each chapter works through specific scenarios and includes scripts for setting boundaries! How cool; especially for those of us who are nervous to create boundaries.

If you’re someone who’s feeling exhausted by the people in your life, you’d probably benefit from reading this book!

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