Eat, Pray, Love

eat pray loveThere comes a time in every woman’s life when she looks around and thinks, “Is this the life I always dreamed about?” Unfortunately for many of us, the answer to that question is no. This is the same realization that Elizabeth Gilbert comes to at the start of her book – Eat, Pray, Love.

While it may appear from the outside that she has everything-husband, house, and career- she makes a strong argument that the things that make us truly happy cannot always be viewed from the outside. Inspirational books like this one help readers understand what might still be missing in an otherwise “perfect” life. The book brings a reader on a culturally rich journey to three different countries where Gilbert searches for what truly makes her happy. Her story daringly asks the soul-searching questions that need to be answered in order to make a real change.

Her experiences are enough to make any woman question whether or not she has found her own version of real happiness.Join Elizabeth in Italy as she indulges in mouth-watering pasta and flirtatious wine. Witness her devotion in India as she finds the spiritual insight needed to guide her way.

Her final journey to Indonesia highlights the true balance between the physical and spiritual world.

After reading this book, I felt satisfied with the escapism it provided me and reminded myself to share it with others who would enjoy the journey. It wasn’t until much later that I chose to do something similar with my own life. Would I have chosen this path without reading the book? Most likely, yes. However, reading it was one of many little seeds that ultimately resulted in me buying a plane ticket, flying to South America, and flexing my muscles as a competent businesswoman in a foreign place. It took some boldness and self-awareness, but my experience is easily attainable. Like Gilbert, I was unsatisfied with the way my life was turning out, so I made a few simple changes. I knew there was more out there for me, so I went for it. I don’t think it’s necessary to make a huge leap for happiness. Sometimes, it is the little things we are missing.

The author of Eat, Pray, Love reminds us all that the simple things, like a big pasta dinner, are more important than we might think.

I know that change can be scary. Leaving a dead-end relationship is scary, let alone leaving the country. However, the most important lesson I have learned from reading Inspirational books like this is that the only way to achieve personal growth is to find the courage to take risks and fulfill our own personal dream.

Your dreams may be different than mine, and we may all need to take a different path.

The important thing is that we take the first step.