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You can't change the past, but you can learn from it if you are willing to open your eyes to the deeper meaning of each story you're holding onto.
Andi Franklin was eight years into her happily ever after when her husband literally shook her world with four little words: "You never initiate sex." Tormented by his statement, she began reflecting on her marriage and life, determined to figure out how she got there - there being a happily married woman who loved her husband AND intimacy, yet somehow couldn't initiate sex.
Soon, Andi would begin digging into her past, literally unpacking moments and traumas that she unknowingly had allowed to inform her present. And through this process, she learned that by unpacking these moments collected throughout a lifetime, it's easy to see the full spectrum of impact they have had and begin to move forward.
In Love Unpacked, Andi examines issues of abandonment, shame, grief, and anger among others. Through her own stories, she teaches readers that to find true self-acceptance, happiness, and love, you don't need to backpack through the wilderness, travel the world, sell all of your belongings, join a nudist survival colony, or anything quite so dramatic. The greatest quest of your existence lies in an overflowing bag at your feet, waiting for you to unlock its mysteries and treasures.
Love, Unpacked is a raw, inspirational memoir of one woman's journey through loss, pain, and the struggle for self-acceptance. With unflinching honesty, wry humor, and a sprinkle of swear words, Andi Franklin unpacks her own stories, confronts her past, and finds her way to unconditional love.
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eBook (ISBN: 9781734612028)
eBook (ISBN: 9781734612028)
“This book is so raw and irresistibly candid. The author takes us through some traumas & triumphs in her life in such a captivating and relatable way. It unearthed a lot of emotions for me, most of which that I haven’t paid attention to in a long time. You’ll love her candor and humor. Every page is useful. Clear your weekend schedule because once you start this book, you won’t be able to put it down!”
—Danielle Kangas, verified purchase Amazon review
“This book was such a great visual journey into this woman's life that brought back memory lane. I grew up in the 80's-90's as a youth and even if you didn't grow up during that time, Andi does such a great job in pulling in American pop-culture references that instantly puts you in her world. Her stories play out like we are watching her diary come to life. Andi paints us the picture of the life the movies promised us and then shows us the parts of the film that make us relive what we try not to remember. But Andi clearly has done a lot of self work where it helped me recognize similar situations in my life that I don't need to forget. Andi helps me realize I just need to 'Unpack it.' It seems like a simple concept, but it is pretty powerful. I don't need to carry these parts of my story with me anymore. I used to try not to remember these bad moments and that takes more energy. I am grateful for Andi's book, it is a great coming-of-age book for people of all ages. Whether you want to reminisce or like myself, I will hand this book to my daughter when she gets in her later teen years. This book reminds me of when I read Judy Blume's Are you there God? It's me, Margaret. It will become a classic.”
—Cheyann Reagan, verified purchase Amazon review