I’m trying something new on the blog today! I thought I’d do my first ever book review! I’m not a book review blogger, and rarely even discuss what I’m reading. However, the ideas in this book align so well with the heart of my blog that I really wanted to share.
This year, you could say I’ve been in a season. A season of struggle. Of discovery. Of improvement. I truly think that things happen the way they should, and I don’t think it’s an accident that a friend suggested the book OOLA for Women a few months ago. I’ve learned a lot with this book, and if you’re anything like me, I know you will, too.
What is OOLA?
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I’ll admit, before I started this book, I wasn’t really sure what OOLA was. I’d only even heard the term before because Young Living has a line of oils inspired by this concept. That’s what interested me in the books in the first place!
I’d done a little research on my own after recieving some of the oils, and learned that OOLA is a lifestyle. It’s based off of the original book, OOLA: Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World, and is cented on living a balanced life.
From their website: OOLA is a state of awesomeness. It is when your life is balanced and growing in the seven key areas of life. Those areas are the 7 F’s of Oola (fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends and fun).
OOLA for Women
This is the first book from the OOLA guys that I have read at all. At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to keep up, having never really looked into the idea at all. I was happy to see that everything was explained really well in the beginning, though.
The other thing I found odd at first is that it was a book written by men, for women. I’m not usually a huge fan of men telling women how to live their lives, to be honest. So many of my friends raved about the book, though, so I wanted to give them a try. I was pleasantly surprised to notice while reading, that there is input from a lot of women in the book, so it felt a lot less like a man telling me what to do with my life. It actually reminded me of the Chicken Soup books I used to read when I was younger. Ironically, they mention at the end that the author of those books is one of their idols, so it makes sense!
Let’s get started
I’ve always been a huge fan of the idea of balancing my life. I don’t think it’ll ever be perfect, but it’s something I strive for. Balancing my business, my family, and my own personal time has always been a priority. I loved that this book gave me some great ideas!
The book starts out by explaining the whole concept of OOLA and what it can mean for our lives. I was already into the idea, because, hello, balance. Then, I read, “The process will change you into someone who is more authentic and more honoring of your own needs- versus constantly suppressing who you are and what you want because it doesn’t fit the world’s definition of who you should be.”
Do these guys know me??
This is my whole self-discovery journey, all balled up into one neat and tidy sentence in the first chapter of the book. Needless to say, I was hooked!
They go on to explain that OOLA tends to develop after a season of difficulties. Financial trouble, health problems, divorce, things like that. Well, I still consider us to be a recovering financial disaster, so I guess that applies. After all, it was only 5 years ago that we still had next to nothing in our name and lived off of the generosity of family. 5 years isn’t that long in the grand scheme of things, and improving our situation further is still a huge priority of mine!
What I’ve learned from the book.
As I read through this book, I felt a strange emotional attachment to it. I found myself carrying it everywhere with me. I can’t even remember the last time I did that with a book! Every spare minute, I found myself reading through the stories of other women. Often, I’d be mumbling “me, too!” It ended up being the quickest I’ve read a book in a long time.
At the end, the OOLA Guys included a quiz. They also showed you how to fill in your roadmap. The whole idea is that you can see what parts of your life are thriving, and which parts need attention. Like they say in the book, “it’s impossible to get where you are going without knowing where you are now.”
I was happy to see that family scored the highest for me, because that means the most. I also saw what areas where lacking and causing my life to feel unbalanced.
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Overall, this book has a lot of helpful nuggets for you, no matter where you are unbalanced. I know I found inspiration in several parts of the book, and will probably re-read it any time I need a push. Overall, I’d recommend OOLA for Women to all of my friends! I think we can all use a little help finding balance every now and then.
Have you read the book? I’d love to know your thoughts on it below!