Lori Harder is a self-love expert with over one million listeners on her Earn Your Happy podcast. In A Tribe Called Bliss she shares the exact structure she used to build her own tribe and grow from the anxiety ridden, unhealthy, introverted underachiever she was to the confident woman who takes risks and leaps out of her comfort zone, with a foreword from #1 New York Times bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein.
The benefits of a having a tribe are undeniable. Women who have strong social circles are living longer, happier, healthier lives in comparison to those who lack connections and are mentally and physically exhausting themselves trying to quench external desires in isolation.
Today, we live in an uber-connected era, where anyone is able to make thousands of friends and participate in their lives with the swipe of a finger. Why then, in such a connected time in history, do so many women feel disconnected, confined, misunderstood, defeated, or think that success is a solo project?
In A Tribe Called Bliss Lori Harder bridges the gap between inspiration and action, providing a lasting resource for positive change and a guidebook for establishing a support tribe. This practical book is for the growing audience of woman seeking the sisterhood and connection they crave so much. It encourages readers to examine life on a micro level, and Lori provides lessons and contextual self-work exercises on how to develop the kind of awareness of the present moment that is the key to a lifetime of blissful happiness.
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I listed to this book on my phone, but I think it is definitely better suited for reading a physical copy instead. If I ever reread it, I will definitely go that route.
Much of the book is written as an easy-to-understand guide to forming your own girl tribe with 2 or 3 other women. As such, when listening to the book, it can come across as an instructional manual. Also, the author gives you assignments throughout the book that would be impossible to do without sitting down and thinking about them a bit … not ideal when you are listening to a book at work, or while driving.
A Tribe Called Bliss is written from a religious point of view. The author does reference God and prayer multiple times. If you are not a Christian, this may turn you off, but she does also mention that when she refers to God, you can think of any deity/angel/higher power that is appropriate for you. The “religious-speak” is not overwhelming and I would encourage you to still give the book a go.
One of the lessons that I will take away with me is the idea to not keep yourself small. Harder recommends keeping a small list of people whose opinions matter to you on your person or in your purse, and when criticism is coming your way, reflect back on it. I reflected on who would be on my list, and it isn’t very long. More to the point, there was a lot of baggage that I have been carrying around from people who are definitely not on the list. Deep breaths … and let it go.
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