I absolutely adore Kate Hudson.  I’ve always wished I had her beauty, hair, smile, and natural just… glow.  So of course when she came out with her book ‘pretty happy’ I purchased it right away. The cover is beautiful, it’s a cool square hard covered book. I LOVE IT. Lots of beautiful pictures, flowery quotes, just beautiful! It’s a work of art on it’s own.

She created what she calls her ‘drawing board’ which is something you go back to many times in the book.  It helps you center yourself.  You write down all your feelings about your body, diet, thoughts, etc.  You return back to it to help keep yourself centered.

One of the biggest lessons she talks about is ridding yourself of extremes – whether diets or workouts.  Everyone has to find the right balance for themselves that doesn’t include extreme highs or extreme lows.  A lesson we all tend to forget because we binge and then we think we can do some extreme dieting to get back to normal.  We need to stop that, and she really drives the point home.

She also talks about self love and inner strength. “There’s no better feeling than realizing I have the power to get through the muck and the hard stuff to get to all that’s good.”

I am a huge believer in making lists, capturing goals, and turning your dreams into plans.  Kate discusses how important it is to understand where we are now and where we want to go.  It doesn’t matter if where we are now is so much worse off than we ever imagined.  That doesn’t matter.  It’s just the now — what is important is knowing where we want to go and making the plan to get there.  Whether it’s diet, exercise, a new job, going back to school.  Accept where you are now knowing you have complete control over where you go!!

She has tons of quizzes, and areas to walk you through different thought processes and record answers to help you figure out where you are now, and where you want to go.  It’s not hard, it doesn’t make you wish you were in a different place, it’s just honest and amazing.

I absolutely love everything about this book and think you should all buy it.  She really takes the pain away from her outlook on life.  It’s not hard, it’s not strict, you don’t have to memorize meal plans.