Friday 2 November 2018

My 10 Top Lessons from Sophie Kinsella’s My Not So Perfect Life

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle - from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she's desperate to make her dad proud. Then, just as she’s finding her feet - not to mention a possible new romance - the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away - until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life. (Summary sourced from 

Here are the top 10 lessons that I’ve gained while reading the amazing book, written by Sophie Kinsella (My Not So Perfect Life).

         No one has a perfect life.
There’s always ups and down at some point in time. The people we perceive as being rich; as living the life of someone dreams: they are mostly putting up a façade.

     Social media lives are fake.
The pictures we see on Instagram that makes us feel dissatisfied about ourselves are all fake. There are a bunch of people creating the sort of life that they cannot boast of in real life. Do not be deceived.

     We judge too much.
You see those bosses that we’ve perceived as being too mean…and strict…and snobbish…and ungrateful… maybe if we can study them more and see that they are not as bad as we have perceived.
The same goes for friends and other acquaintances. We should study more before we conclude about someone’s attitude.

       Do not judge others by what people say
Cat, who had just resumed as a junior assistant in an advertising firm had a very bad impression about her boss, not just because of what she had studied about her, but because of what her co-employees had said about her boss. When she got the chance to tell her boss all that had been said behind her back, her boss was more than perplexed, justifying the reasons for all her actions.
Cat, who later discovered the awesomeness of her boss, decided to work with her to fight her boss’s enemies (some co-employees in the company).

A person’s attitude isn’t just about what people say about him/her. Why don’t you create time to know who the person truly is?

                Don’t give up!
Having a hard time trying to set up a new life? Wondering if you’ll get away from the financial mess that you’re into? Wondering when you’ll get past the stage of living in a sub-standard house and eating less-quality food? Don’t give up!

6      Don’t compare your lives to others
That person you wish you were is always wishing to be someone else. Just like the first point, no one’s life is perfect. Appreciate the good things in your life and be grateful to God for His uncountable blessings on you.

          Family matters
No matter your age or what stage you’ve become in life, your family will still be most important. Find time to spend with them, assist them effortlessly and never fail to display your affection for them.

8        Help someone in need
When you have the opportunity to assist someone, do not fail to do so. It doesn’t matter if you’re not guaranteed a reward or praises. Helping someone in need is really essential.

         Be creative!
It’s all in you. You will never appreciate your creativity until you explore them. Find time to be do something creative and tap from your God-given potential.

       Don’t force love
Love has its way of finding you. Know the right time to walk away and the right time to hold back, and fight for what you want. Learn to safeguard your heart from being broken and do not over-trust.



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