Have you ever read a book that has changed you? You know that now that you’ve read that book you’ll never be the same? You’ll never think or talk or notice things in the same way. As soon as I picked up Untamed by Glennon Doyle I knew I was about to have a life changing experience. Throughout the book Doyle takes the reader through her own life and her very relatable feelings of guilt, expectations, and “shoulds.” I laughed (quite a bit), I cried (a lot), I journaled (even more). Doyle focuses on “unbecoming” everything she’s not. She examines herself, society, media, religion, etc. to understand how she become who she is and to practice “untaming” herself so that she can live her truest, most beautiful life. The life we are all meant to live. If you want to experience your authentic self and live the life you were meant to live you need to read this book.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“As I climbed out of the tub and shook my hair dry, I told myself: Maybe in a different life. Isn’t that interesting? As if I had more than one.”
“I lost myself when I learned how to please.”
“There is a life meant for you that is truer than the one you’re living. But in order to have it, you will have to forge it yourself. You will have to create on the outside what you are imagining on the inside. Only you can bring it forth. And it will cost you everything.”
“We can make our own normal. We can throw out all the rules and write our own. We can build our lives from the inside out. We can stop asking what the world wants from us and instead ask ourselves what we want for our world. We can stop looking at what’s in front of us long enough to discover what’s inside us. We can remember and unleash the life-changing, relationship-changing, world-changing power of our own imagination. It might take us a lifetime. Luckily, a lifetime is exactly how long we have.”
“Self love means I have a relationship with myself built on trust and loyalty. I trust myself to have my own back, so my allegiance is to the voice within. I’ll abandon everyone else’s expectations of me before I’ll abandon myself. I’ll disappoint everyone else before I disappoint myself. I’ll forsake all others before I’ll forsake myself. Me and myself: we are till death do us part.”
I highly recommend that every single person reads this book. You may not agree with her on everything, but it will prompt you to examine yourself and your own life. Comment below what book changed your life!