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Trying for a decade In the grand scheme of things #her struggle is A Tiny Bump In tiny bump in otherwise smooth road I received an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway I #struggle is a tiny bump in an otherwise smooth road I received an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway I not uite sure what I was thinking when I ntered the giveaway since1 I dislike fake memoirs where the person thinks of a hook for the year to write about It s too artificial for me and2 I don t really follow any celebrity s and have never really aspired to have their lifestyleBut I A Vineyard Christmas enjoyed this then I thought I would and I thought that the authornded up with a really healthy attitude about just accepting who she isWhen the book started the author had been laid off and was free lancing from HOME SHE WAS IN A LOVING She was in a loving but was adrift in her professional life as well as her personal habits Many days she wouldn t work out or be dressed in anything other then sweat pants And she was consuming a lot of processed foods Because of these bad habits she didn t feel good about herselfShe decided to mulate some movie stars to try and get her life back on track At first she wanted to have Jennifer Aniston s figure so she bought DVDs from Anniston s trainers The author also joined a gym and bartered her membership Ultimately she started feeling better because she had structure in her life Following Anniston s advice gym and diet of whole foods Paltrow diet of whole foods Fey how to be productive at work and Sarah Jessica Parker wearing cute and comfortable outfits the author began to feel confident with herself because she felt that she was accomplishing a lot ach dayUltimately the book showed that the author was also dealing with issues of infertility and needed to focus her nergy somewhere The author also realized that she didn t need to be perfect or ven strive for perfection but that she had to make an ffort in ach area of her life including her marriage Little fixes go a long way whether it s not wearing sweatpants to the grocery store or actively watching tv with your spouse Jennifer Gwyneth and Me The Pursuit of Happiness One Celebrity at a Time authored by popular journalisteditor Oprah Magazine Rachel Bertsche is a highly Hot Shot (North Ridge Book 3) entertaining and charming celebrity genre themed bookIn NYC 2006 Bertsche spotted Aniston before her guest appearance on The Late Show Celebrity sightings are unforgettable highlights in the lives of ordinary people Many fans followblog about celebrity culture available on media newsfeeds 24 hours a day Twitter makes the celebrities seem accessible publically and as long as the fansfame junkies keep their interest in checkperspective meaning no delusional obsessionsstalking Bertschexplains these Para Social relationships are not harmful to anyone According to research fans can be helped in real life to feel connected less isolated and confident Other studies by volutionary biologists state that it s normal for others to identifyemulate popular successful people according to BertscheAlthough Bertsche njoyed a happy fulfilling marriage with her husband Matt she was concerned about the 17 lbs she had gained since their wedding her general disorganization and messy house To attain a higher level of happiness organization and personal satisfaction she began Project Aniston with Jen related research that included the study of Vanity Fair Vogue In Style Marie Claire People Magazine and Good Housekeeping Bertsche signed up for a 19500 monthly gym membership to work out and followed Aniston s dietary recommendations to at well Admiring Aniston s trim youthful glowing appearance she wondered if a Jen Body for herself was possible or if they would be friends in real life With Jen s confident independent yet guarded disposition Bertsche attained additional insight reached some conclusions and new goalsGoop is Gwyneth Paltrow s hugely popular website with mail newsletters has a legion of devoted fans as well as haters who claim Paltrow is out of touch with the trials of normal women In reading Paltrow s cookbook My Father s Daughter Bertsche actually felt like a cook The 86 Essential Food Items to Have in Your Kitchen included basic staples Access to a Farmer s Market was recommended along with an assortment of kitchen appliances that included a 20000 pasta roller attachmentOther celebrities discussed Sarah Jessica Parker s style and The First Ghost extensive wardrobe Tina Fey s workthic and notable book Bossypants 2011 Julia Roberts serenity obtained through meditation The blockbuster film Pretty Woman 1991 Bertsche felt Robert s was too calmcollected and organized for them to be friends Bertsche compares Jennifer Garner s marriage to Ben Affleck June 29 2005 to her own This celebrity couple s marriage has the inspirational staying power they don t grant interviews together The story of their union has appeared on the Biography Channel In the past celebritymovie stars were carefully controlled managed and at the mercy of studio bosses Today big name celebrities form corporation s to capitalize and profit directly from their own name brands styles tc Bertsche blended her life story in with the celebrity she was discussing As she shared the challenges associated with infertility and IVF treatments her conversational style and observations. Career her marriage and her dream of becoming a mother Bertsche feels anything but put together In Jennifer Gwyneth Me Bertsche mbarks on a uest to Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential emulate her Hollywood role models while sticking to a budget to see if they really hold the keys to happiness While trying to unlock the stars' secrets from Sarah Jessica Parker's wardrobe to Julia Roberts's sense of calm to maybe one day Jessica Alba's chic pregnancy Bertsche learns valuable lessons A toned body doesn't comeasy or. ,


Added a highly personalized touch Readers and fans alike will not want to miss this outstanding book DNF p 20I loved Bertsche s first memoir MWF Seeks BFF but I can already tell this at 5 years out from publication is too outdated for me to njoy She s going to aspire to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck s marriage in one chapter and well we all know how that turned out Plus the majority of her celebrity role models are white which is an oversight Thanks to the publisher for an advance reading copyI knew this would be fairly fluffy but it had a good sense of humor about the author s goal and came to some smart conclusions I m a total sucker for using my life as an xperiment books and I liked that this one Humanism explores how celebrity influences American women s mental well being I was kind of annoyed about the baby subplot since that s so not an interest of mine right now but I thought she ultimately tied it in well by saying that making her life structured and disciplined prepared her t I wasn t sure what toxpect with Rachel Bertsche s book but I liked what I found While the focus on celebrity lifestyles seems a little juvenile in the summary I found that her conclusions really resonated with me that we focus on celebrities because there is some Smokin' Hot element of their lifestyle or persona that we want in our own lives be that fitness style career or relationships and the key is not tonvy them but to try and Placing Memory enhance thatlement in our own livesShe ties these thoughts in with her own life story which changes dramatically throughout the writing of the book Maybe we ll never be a star but we can learn something about ourselves from them and use that to improve our own lives Awful Dreadful and Insipid How I Can Write a Book Without Saying a ThingHeard about this book on GMA a couple weeks ago and thought it would be another Julie Julia Couldn t wait to get to BN to pick it up and sit down with a glass of wine and be Lasombra entertained for a couple hours Wow it just wasn tven close to JJ and it wasn t ven close to being ntertainingIn Wanton Nights every bleeding chapter she discusses her inability to get pregnant From her husband s low sperm count to IVF to IUI and on and on until she tells you she s finally pregnantit was like reading someones incredibly boring diarySnooze fest If this was the author s pursuit of happiness I wished she d kept it to herself 1 I tried to read Rachel Bertsche s first book MWF Seeks BFF and gave up halfway through Not because the book was terriblexactly but because it was so repetitive I knew the second half of the book would just be of what I read in the first half so why bother 2 When I saw there was a First Reads giveaway for Bertsche s second book I almost didn t nter but the subject matter interested me somewhat so I I almost didn t nter but the subject matter interested me somewhat so I to take a chance Besides I thought I m most likely not going to win anyway3 I won this book via a First Reads giveaway here on Goodreads4 The first half of the book was ntertaining nough kind of like a series of self aware women s magazine articles I ve
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nothing against women s magazine so that was fine5 However as the book goes along it becomes increasingly about Bertsche s overwhelming desire to have a baby and her struggles with infertility This is not mentioned on the back cover or in any of the publicity materials for the book probably because the marketing department realized the audience for a lighthearted book about adopting celebrities self improvement habits and the audience for a book about infertility are not the same6 The marketing department is right about that7 On the other hand the marketing department letter I received along with this book referred to it as a novel so it s possible no one in marketing has actually read this book8 Bertsche is pretty slavish about following Jennifer Aniston s workout routines and Gwyneth Paltrow s cookingeating habits but when she gets to serenity as ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe embodied by Julia Roberts whatever she starts to half ass it She s supposed to be meditating but doesn t really bother to learn what it is or the best way to do it Given that inner peace is probably helpful and important than any of the other celeb lessons she tries to learn this was annoying9 Other things Bertsche doesn t bother to learn the real definition of zenating mindfully10 What she does do Spend an insane amount of time on the internet looking at stuff about celebrities11 One thing I liked about this book Bertsche tries to focus on becoming a better version of herself I think this is something we should all be trying to do so I was on board with that idea12 In case it s not clear I wasn t on board with all the infertility stuff I can t uite figure out why I should be interested in the fertility problems of someone I don t know at all and she certainly didn t have anything new to add to the conversation13 Bertsche s life actually seems uite privileged so like Gretchen Rubin s The Happiness Project this was really just a stunt memoir The Fiend Next Door except the writing was worse and the level of insight much lower14 If you re trying to decide between the two Rachel Bertsche books this one is the better bet15 But you should probably just read somethinglse ntirely. Cheap avoiding social media can do wonders for your peace of mind and confidence is the key accessory for pulling off any outfit But can she immerse herself in the A list lifestyle and still stay true to herself And will her pursuit of perfection really lead to happiness Praise for Rachel Bertsche's MWF Seeking BFF Written with verve insight and humor Bertsche writes cleverly but not glibly about the challenges young women face today Chicago Tribune A charming funny chronicle Peopl. Jennifer Gwyneth MeThe premise of this book to imitate the lifestyle of A Celebrity Each Month Is Intriguing For Sure We specific celebrity ach month is intriguing for sure We know that celebrities பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் extreme self discipline to subsist solely on kale and salmon or hot water lemon juice maple syrup and cayenne pepper if you re Beyonce preparing for DreamGirls They workout for five hours a day because they can unlike those of us holding down 9 to 5 jobs They have unlimited wardrobe choices and a household staff to take care of the grunt work That is how celebrities look perfect So is it possible for an average woman to look and feel like a celebrity by tweaking her own lifestyleThat uestion as well as Bertsche s previous book MWF seeking BFF which is fantastic lead me to read this book with anticipation Unlike her previous book where Bertsche goes on 52 new friend dates in a year thisxperiment felt half assed Bertsche starts out strong by adopting Jennifer Aniston s fitness lifestyle kudos to her for working out twice a day and finagling a deal for an otherwise xpensive gym membership and then Gwyneth Paltrow s demanding recipes But by the time she starts tapping into Julia Roberts serenity and Jessica Alba s pregnancy advice Bertsche is holding back Spoiler alert Bertsche occasionally meditates for ten minutes a day to imitate Julia and slathers on non toxic stretch mark cream to be like Jessica The worst part When you get to the second to last page and Bertsche writes I didn t start this journey so that my life would suddenly look fascinating on paper Face palm Now she tells us This should have been dited and published in Elle or Marie Claire instead That would have been a musing magazine article Honestly at first I thought this sounded like the most ridiculous premise ver Rachel Bertsche wonders if she just attempts to imitate some of her favorite successful celebrities that she might just become a better version of herself She s inspired by a handful of celebrities and she chooses Jennifer Aniston for her perfectly toned body Gwyneth Paltrow for her uber healthy cooking Sarah Jessica Parker for her style Tina Fey for her incredible work thicJennifer Garner for her so called amazing marriage to Ben Affleck Julia Roberts for shunning Facebook and mbracing tranuility Jessica Alba for her Eco pregnancy and style and Beyonce For having it all together I have read Bossypants and I ve perused Gwyneth Paltrow s cookbooks one of her cookbooks includes a recipe for popcorn Yup Popcorn I ve also read both of Gretchen Rubin s books on happiness which Bertsche mentions here So I did understand the nature of Bertsche s xperimentThis strikes me as a strange Travis experimentven for stunt journalism Bertsche finds herself dedicating herself to mulating ach of these women in some way What she discovers is that she is really looking to become a better version of herself by acting the way she wants to feel Want to feel stylish Trade the sweats and yoga pants for a casual intentional outfit Want to feel better Try Gwyneth s diet and cleanse You get the ideaI don t read US Weekly or follow any celebrity and I know that the image I see isn t always the whole truth Even Bertsche knows this but yet she knows that she can learn something from these women Some she realizes are just too out of touch with the mainstream woman Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonce to be of real inspiration It s an interesting read but I m not really comfortable with the whole cult of celebrity thing I njoyed her first book which was about finding new girlfriends through going on friend dates with females You sensed the frenetic pace of these dates and it was hard to phone in a date a week This one has a forehead scrunching premise to begin with combined with a bait and switch combined with phoning it in Rachel has mad baby fever and a new work from home gig writing so she likely sold this book based on the concept that she is going to devote a month to being a different celebrity and adopt that celebrity s mindset in order to become happier Let s forget the part that most celebrities seem less happy and fuller of self disdain than the average personSo our protagonist starts to try to be Jennifer Aniston Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Garner and a few other celebrities that get derailed because her IVF journey takes center stage Let s also not forget that perfect Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Garner s marriages failed after this book went to print And let s forget that perfect Jennifer Aniston isn t xactly batting 1000 in relationships The Bubble Economy: Is Sustainable Growth Possible? either See a themeWhen the book veers to IVF and pregnancy the integrity of the book not that there was much to begin with veers off course It becomes baby baby baby and the celebrities she mentions take a backseat She no longer appears faithful to the project and the book loses momentum It s still interesting if younjoy reading a woman s pregnancy journal While I didn t have problems with fertility I found this book insulting to those with fertility problems She and her husband have been trying a whopping 7 months to
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pregnant They start IVF and pregnant right away To toss around the word infertility like she does seems like a slap in the face of women who have been. For fans of The Happiness Project and The Year of Living Biblically comes a pointed look at our fascination with celebrities as one woman strives to remake herself in the image of her favorite stars What woman hasn't seen pictures of Jennifer Aniston Gwyneth Paltrow or Beyonce and wished she had their clothes their abs their seemingly flawless lives For Rachel Bertsche these celebrities are the pitome of perfection self assured and ffortlessly cool Yet lately between juggling her.

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