Romanticize Your Life

365 Simple Ways to Embrace the Beauty of Every Day

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Pub Date Sep 12 2023 | Archive Date Sep 22 2023

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Romanticize Your Life invites you to reclaim the sweet moments of wonder that often get lost amid the hustle and the bustle, the worries, the what-ifs, and regrets. Tucked within every day are simple opportunities to live with greater mindfulness and joy every season, 365 days a year.

Through engaging illustrations and dated, daily inspirations for every season, Romanticize Your Life offers creative ideas for infusing magnificence into ordinary moments. Perhaps this week you will . . .

  • Rearrange the furniture in your bedroom to create an entirely new vibe.
  • Wake up earlier than usual and enjoy your morning coffee with the sunrise.
  • Take yourself on a solo date to a movie. (Yes, you would like popcorn, thank you!)
  • Revisit a favorite book from childhood.
  • Cook dinner by candlelight and invite friends over to share in the ambiance.
  • Handwrite a letter to someone you haven’t connected with in a while.
  • And so much more!

Big or small, every moment of your experience matters. You can approach your days with purpose because you are the main character in your unique and fabulous story. As it turns out, embracing those ordinary opportunities with an intentional mindset frees you to discover that they were extraordinary all along. . . why not fall in love with it?

Romanticize Your Life invites you to reclaim the sweet moments of wonder that often get lost amid the hustle and the bustle, the worries, the what-ifs, and regrets. Tucked within every day are simple...


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Romanticize your life would be an incredible gift for someone that is "go, go, go" and needs to stop and smell the roses sometimes. Almost like a daily devotional, each day gives you a prompt to try something that will better y0ur life in some small way.

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A very fun 365 day activity book that would show you how to take steps to romanticizing your life and finding joy in the little everyday activities! This was a seriously cute book and the activities and prompts were thoughtful and easy to follow. The book really does help you to see how you can romanticize your everyday daily life and it's a simply and fun activity book!

*Thanks Netgalley and Harper Celebrate for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review*

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In 2019, my teenaged son was diagnosed with leukemia and spent the next three years in treatment. It became important to me to find ways for our family to celebrate life, even the tiniest things. I’m always looking for thoughtful ways to make each day special and was excited to review this book, Romanticize Your Life. It did not disappoint! With daily challenges, inspiring quotes and encouragement to dream, it is packed with creative and meaningful ways to slow down and add joy to the everyday.

The only thing that would improve this delightful book is a little space to add thoughts and notes in response to some of the days’ reflection questions.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Celebrate for this advanced digital review copy.

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This was a really fun, useful set of self-care tips spaced out throughout the yearly calendar! I love the idea of having this handy as a coffeetable book or guide throughout the year, full of challenges that will make you feel better day by day.

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"Take what you need and carry it with you the rest of the day."

Romanticize Your Life is a guided 365 journal seeking to help readers find tiny sparks of joy in their day to day lives. Through fun illustrations and a very regency-esque narration style, this book encourages you to fall in love with your own life by making small changes to your daily routine.

This is such a fun and creative book! I really enjoyed the stylization of this one, as it's very Bridgerton-esque in its delivery and has lovely Victorian illustrations through the book. My personal favorite is how each day has an intent word, i.e. whimsy or self-care, that describes the daily challenge. The daily challenges/snippets range too, from language lessons, to floriography, to recipes, keeping the reading engaging and interesting. For fun, I flipped to my birthday (May 14th) and really enjoyed the prompt of, "How can you tap into a little more courage and expand your life today?" which would be a great journal prompt or just a question to muse through the day.

It's not calendar locked, and I think it would be a great gift before the new year begins to help a friend or family member make lasting positive changes in their life! My only reasoning behind giving it a rating of 4 stars is that some entries are vastly shorter than others, which might be a positive to some readers or negative to others.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Celebrate for providing me a copy of this book for an honest review.

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When I heard about the book "Romanticize Your Life" I was absolutely intrigued!
As a hopeful romantic I love all kinds of romance! No matter if it's books or movies or my life. (Yeah, as a long time single I'm still waiting for THE ONE but that's another story. LOL)

Sometimes life is really funny with all kinds of strange battles you've to deal with. It's not always that easy to see the good things in it... but other times it's wonderful to live the life you have.
But everyone knows these ups and downs right?!

"Romanticize Your Life" is a really cute book full of advices and tasks and interesting history facts from different themes for the whole year. Every day you can find something new that inspires you, makes you think or just leaves you happy.

This one would be a great gift for a very good friend you want to support.

Thanks a lot to Harper Celebrate for this ARC via NetGalley.
This is my honest review in my own words.

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[Thank you to Harper Celebrate for providing this NetGalley copy in exchange for an honest review]

I've been fascinated by the idea of "romanticizing my life" for awhile now, and most of that interest, of course, started with social media. Like many people, I find it comforting to watch videos of my favorite influencers looking for and creating romance in their every day lives, whether that's by doing something relaxing (like taking a solo, aesthetic picnic in the park), or adventurous (like trying to cook a new, complex recipe from another culture). The idea of these videos is to remind people that there is beauty in the every day- that all the things we're looking for in life can be found in practicing intentionality and mindfulness, even in the moments that feel mundane. Prior to this book, I was a passive consumer of the "romantic lifestyle." After reading, I feel inspired to see how these practices can potentially change my own life.

Romanticize Your Life is a guide offering a year's worth of thoughtful activities and reflections you can do to find the beauty in the every day. Like I did, you can finish this book in a few hours and leave with empowering reflection prompts, tools, and quotes to add into your everyday life. However (speaking of romantic, whimsical practices): my personal recommendation is to DATE this book. Go on walks with it. Have morning conversations with it. Take notes with it and take note of the questions that it brings up in you.

Believe me- there are so many reasons why you would want to date this book. For one, it is the definition of a light academia read, from the aesthetic to the content. Inside the book, each daily reflection is paired with creative practices for romanticization, as well as playful, Victorian art pieces showing various characters resting, reflecting, and trying out some of the mentioned tools (aside: I appreciated the racial diversity in these pictures!).

If you're a history nerd like I am, you'll enjoy the various informative passages about the Romantic movement's history and origins, complete with a reference list at the back with additional resources to check out. I left this book with a long list of things to look up, reflect on, and apply going forward, which is refreshing seeing as how I read a LOT of self help books and sometimes it feels like they're saying the same thing. I have definitely never thought about some of the ideas mentioned before, which was refreshing! Finally, I really enjoyed the way the suggested habits built on top of each other in each new reflection. It supplied me with a sense of progress that made me want to keep thinking up new and better ways to use some of these practices.

All that being said- what a delightful read. I would absolutely recommend this book and I will definitely be getting a copy for myself and my friends.

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I definitely came away wanting and finding myself romanticizing my life a little bit more after reading this book. While calling it “romanticizing your life” a lot of the ideas in this book were more focused on self-care activities and I really enjoyed that. Each day of the month is a different task or idea to think about, and I found myself notating some fantastic suggestions to implement immediately. While this book starts in January (a 365 day activity book), I feel like you can pick this up anytime and start on that day and still feel like you have romanticized your life just a bit more by the end of that month. 4.5/5

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I’ve always been intrigued with the phrase “romanticize your life” and wondered what exactly it entailed, and it is truly a brilliant concept. How often do we get caught up in the ho-hum tasks of every day life? Is there a way to turn the mundane into marvelous? Well, yes…actually, there is. This book is set up as a type of daily planner from January 1st to December 31st, and each day you get a snippet of advice or encouragement that ranges from things like organizing your fridge to spreading kindness in various ways. I really love how the author was able to come up with 365 different ways to “romanticize” your life, and I also enjoyed the added quotes from some of my favorite authors. The pastel colored pages and illustrations in the book are vintage and easy on the eyes, especially old eyes like mine, and I would gladly recommend this book to everyone.

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Such a fun little book about embracing the moments and finding the joy in small things and self care at its finest. I just finished it and will read it again for inspiration for my daily life.

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This utilizes devotional style writing to help you recognize elements of your life you should cherish more. The whole goal of this book is to read a passage a day that helps you look at life with a brighter lens, and help romanticize the small beauties of life.

Romanticizing our lives became a big trend around 2019 when TikTok became big in the United States. The whole theory is to try to find the beauty in the mundane and extraordinary parts of our days to help with happiness, mood, and gratitude. The whole movement never focused on toxic positivity but instead seeing life through the lens of artistic movements, literary themes, cinematic themes. You apply these joys and things, seeing these ideas/concepts in our life.

I recommend this book as a way to become happier and more connected to ourselves and our immediate world, to find joy in our life and homes. Because the whole point of the romanticize movement is that there is beauty everywhere you go.

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Romanticize Your Life is a cute book organized by month offering daily inspiration for ways to romanticize life!

The energy of the playful, feminine cover illustration continues throughout the book and I love the artwork style! The book is filled with recipes, quotes, reminders, definitions of meaningful words, and encouragement. Each day has an intention, simple things to change your outlook on life. The quotes come from writers, comedians, directors, and actors, among other figures.

I think this book would make a great gift, especially for Secret Santa or someone you might not know well.

Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

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Filled with fun, easy and practical ways to “romanticize” your life everyday (365!).

The bits of facts, quotes and themes (even some recipes) give you something new to look forward to each day.

The illustrations are cute and modern with a victorian(ish) edge. Wish there were more throughout the book.

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I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I would say this book is more about mindfulness or reframing than it is about romanticizing. It's a mix of here's something you should do today and here's something to think about instead of just about internal work or growth. But it's a cute concept book. There's a prompt for every day of the year and you go through one day at a time and do something based on the prompt. They're fairly short (some of the pages have two prompts) and they are questions about yourself, tips on making vision boards, a recipe, etc. The book recommends things like upcycling clothes and going for walks and while there's no real bad advice in this book I think you'd be hard pressed to find every day applicable and helpful without some specific skills.

It's a fun concept and definitely has some good ideas, but isn't quite what I was expecting.

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Romanticize Your Life is a book I'd happily recommend to anyone. It serves as a reminder to enjoy the simple things in life. I love the daily prompts and challenges that this book proposes, mostly because they're all simple, easy, and effective. I'm looking forward to referring to this book throughout the seasons. Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Celebrate for this EARC in exchange for my honest review.

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I really liked this book! I the daily prompts are simple and easy to do, but have so much meaning. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to add fulfilling things to their life.

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Grab a coffee or tea, your favorite blanket, and snuggle in for a cozy, whimsical read. Live is busy, the world is going to hell in a handbasket, but there are opportunities every single day to reclaim some peace, calm, and appreciation of the little thing sin life. Charming illustrations and a focus on seasonality create a lovely, warm atmosphere - I got totally lost in this.

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This fun book gives a tip a day for self care. Great for anyone looking for ways to self care and love. Highly recommend!

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I loved this so much! So many great ideas to bring joy, magic, and comfort to our everyday lives. Will be recommending this to others. Thank you to NetGalley for this e-ARC!

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I absolutely adored this 365-day guide to romanticize your life. It has quotes, ideas, activities, recipes, and inspiration to brighten and enlighten each day of the year. It puts positive spins on mundane tasks, as well as encouraging self-care. It even encourages you to pick a theme song for each season. I learned, through the book, that I am a "Clinophile, a lover of reclining, lounging, or lying in bed." There is a day dedicated to it.

This would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for anyone who already loves to or needs to see the beauty and joy in everyday living. I can think of a few women who might find this under the tree this year.

Thank you to Harper Celebrate and NetGalley for a digital copy of French Holiday.

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I stumbled upon this book and somehow it's exactly what I needed! Can't wait to continue this throughout the year.

Daily mantras, quotes, activities, and more. All aimed to be mindful and build a beautiful life.

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It is such a cute little book that I would love to own a physical copy of it on my coffee table. It is not what I thought it would be but rather has little write-ups for everyday forcing people to slow down and enjoy their everyday life.
It is full of advice and tasks and interesting facts for the whole year. Every day you can find something new that inspires you, makes you think, or just leaves you happy.

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This is such a darling little book!! I didn't realize that it was 365 days of suggestions (I didn't read the description well enough I guess lol) but I actually really, really love it! I'm more likely to actually read this than I am to read a more narrative prose book.

I will definitely buy a finished copy when it's on sale. It will make a really great gift as well.

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Light and fun! These quick, daily reads inspire one to live intentionally and happily. The world is heavy, so books like this are nice to keep close by. Would be a fun gift, nice to keep out on a coffee table or by the bath, even in the car for the after-school pickup line!

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A fun collection of 365 ideas on romanticizing your life every day! I could see this being a great gift around the December holidays, as well as any time for someone needing to slow down and appreciate their current life.

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This book was so cute! It would make a great gift for a new mom, college grad, or someone looking to level up their life a bit!

It can totally be read cover to cover, or if you follow it day by day you can incorporate the daily suggested ideas to romanticize your life!

I chose to read it cover to cover to get a feel for what to expect and get excited about what I wanted to incorporate into my life, but I think following it for a year would be really great. There’s truly something for everyone. Some of my favorite ideas:
* A reminder of all of the people who have started on a new path late in life and that it’s never too late to start something you’re passionate about
* Establishing a consistent wake up time and sticking to it
* Doing a closet clean out in March to make sure your items all correspond with how you want to portray yourself
* Something as simple as adding a new bauble to your key ring - new lucky charm!?
* Creating a no-phone zone in your bedroom
* Doing an annual eval on visualizing your highest self and showing up for that person
* Revamping your evening routine
* Taking yourself out for a leisurely breakfast
* Questions on what you would do with a million dollars
* Refreshing your bedding
* Doing a thank you to first responders

The art was super cute, and the entire book had Bridgerton-vibes that I loved! It’s a great reminder to slow things down and appreciate the smaller, sweeter moments of your life! I enjoyed that there were some big tasks and ideas and also just some mindfulness quotes and definitions to get inspired by.

Thank you to @netgalley and Harper Celebrate for an advanced copy of this book. Make sure to grab your copy on September 12, 2023!

#RomanticizeYourLife #NetGalley #harpercelebrate

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Definitely a cute book with lots of self-care ideas. I tried out some of them (not date specific) and had my fun with it. As someone that struggles with the stress of daily life often enough, this was really nice and I recommend it to everyone that doesn’t have a problem with romanticising their daily life in one way or another. Make that nice beverage for yourself and pretend you’re the main character for a moment. It’s worth it.

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I loved this sweet book such a unique idea and easy to implement with one activity each day to help romanticise your life.
This would be a great gift for anyone looking to bring more joy and whimsy to their life.

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A year of daily activities to spark joy in the little things - what a lovely way to spend a portion of each day. In a world that is so fast paced, with little time for self care, this book halls you to carve out a little moment each day to pause, reflect, and celebrate life. Would make a wonderful gift, to yourself or a loved one.
Would definitely recommend.

Thank you to Harper Celebrate and Netgalley for an eARC of this book to read and review.

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Ohhhh! For all you lovers of achieving a poised and inspiring life sprinkled with little bits of happiness... well, dear loves, have I got a wonderful read for you to add to your TBR list!

I dove into this book wanting to undergo a pleasurable reading experience- and it heartily delivered!

"Romanticize Your Life: 365 Simple Ways to Embrace the Beauty of Every Day" by Harper Celebrate has come on the scene and shaken all my chic/poise loving senses.

Do I get easily impressed by much... no! (Well, maybe some flavourful chicken stuffed tacos and a scary movie might may do the trick!) This book drew me in with the way it took the concept of uplifting the every day with an original spin. Check out that cover and title! The word "romanticize" sugar-coated my thoughts and immediately made my mind ready to read about the loveliness that life has to offer.

The cover is a refreshing- different from the usual "uplifting" covers I see. It's the kind of cover that adds some spices to the reading mix, but ohhhh! It's the interior of the book that is absolutely smashing! Very well done! Very detailed! Lots of fabulous care from the author. I want to see that meticulous attention when I am reading these kinds of books. It's cinematic- and I LOVE that! (Honestly, I can get bored very easily with these books as they are pretty repetitive- thank heavens this passed with flying covers!)

The writing is fabulous too! We receive special, uplifting quotes, illustrations and prompts reading this book. I felt motivated! It organized my thoughts in a streamlined manner, easy to follow with lots of advice- without being "guru-like."

365 daily tidbits to encourage you to enjoy an inspiring life!

A definite must read! Thank you to Harper Celebrate for an advanced copy this enchanting book which is anticipated to be released on September 12, 2023!

All opinions expressed in this review are solely my own. 5/5

***Please note this review was posted on Goodreads and my Instagram account.

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The cover art and title completely made me want to explore this book and see how I could "romanticize my life". Filled with quotes, activites, recipes and more for daily life I can definitely see how this book could help one practice self care and learning to fall in love with life as it is. This book would make the perfect holiday gift to start the new year with and will be finding itself wrapped neatly with a bow for a few loved ones this Christmas season.

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oh my goodness!! this book was such a pure delight!! i really truly enjoyed this one so much! thank you so much to netgalley for letting me read this one early! please pick it up when it comes out!!!

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A Lush Journey into Everyday Romance - 4 Stars!

The endearing and visually appealing book "Romanticize Your Life: 365 Simple Ways to Embrace the Beauty of Every Day" by Harper Celebrate inspires readers to add romance and whimsy to their everyday lives.

Although it might not be the most insightful self-help book available, it adds a lovely touch of magic to your daily routine.

Thanks to the lovely ornamental backgrounds adorning each page, the book itself is a romantic indulgence.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, "Romanticize Your Life" is full of achievable advice encouraging readers to adopt a more romantic outlook.

The book provides 365 straightforward recommendations, one for every day of the year, to infuse wonder and enthusiasm into daily routine. The ideas presented in the book are not overly complex or time-consuming, making it easy to incorporate them into your daily routine.

As someone who used to value rich, romantic rituals but found them going by the wayside in the hustle and bustle of daily life, I found this book to be a great reminder to reintroduce these treasured practices.

The book misses out on a perfect score because it has a tendency to get repetitive after a while. A little more variety would have been nice because some ideas presented seemed identical to others.

Don't look for deep, life-changing insights. However, the book would be an uplifting and inspiring gift for a young adult or new graduate.

In conclusion, "Romanticize Your Life" is a charming and lovely book that inspires readers to add romance and beauty to their everyday lives. It might not be revolutionary, but it is a heartwarming companion for those looking to rekindle the romance in their lives. I give it a solid 4 stars for its charm, practicality, and the sheer joy it brings to the reader's life.

Thank you NetGalley and Harper Celebrate for sending this book for review consideration. All opinions are my own.

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I don’t normally go for self help books but the cover on this book had me intrigued and I’m glad I decided to try it. This book is adorable. It gives you 1 thing to do everyday of the year to help you start living your best life and appreciating everything around you. I can’t wait for this book to come out so I can get my own physical copy to use and to share with my friends. I highly recommend this book, even if you are like me and are a bit standoffish about self help.

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Okay I finished it
This was an ARC but the book is available now, it is like a guide to find your inner truth and find the beauty in life. If you’re a hot girl doing hot girl stuff this book is for you. I read it fast so I could know which activities I would like to do or which ones are comfortable for life surroundings, but I think I'm going to do these exercises in the mornings. But in general I love it.

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Romanticize Your Life is a lovely trove of daily inspiration filled with thoughts to reflect on, ideas to spark joy, and as the title suggest romanticize your life. The daily format to carry from January to December is the perfect delivery system for a years worth of elevating the day to day to realistic and meaningful ways.

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This book was not quite what I expected, but I was pleasantly surprised. It reminds me of a daily devotional in that it provides the reader with daily dated prompts. It is a quick daily read that gives the reader a little dose of motivation and an idea to implement that day. I really like this concept because we often fall into habits or patterns in our daily lives and this book provides inspiration to get out of those routines we so often fall into. Thank you NetGalley and Harper Celebrate for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Practical and no nonsense prompts for a better purposeful approach for us, ourselves and Is. Yes to this!

Just keep this book with you. You never know how such a book can save you any day. I have gone through so many phases where a book like this saved me out of nowhere when no one else could.

Advice from another human being is okay but we as human beings tend to listen more to ourselves when we reflect on ourselves more than we listen to others even when we know they really care for us.

Yes, books like this matter. A lot.

Thank you, Harper Celebrate, for the advance reading copy.

♥️The book is available now! Grab one for yourself and another for another woman/girl you care about.

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This book has beautiful illustrations and fun prompts to bring joy every day of the year.

My favorite is drawing your own map of your hometown.

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It says a lot that I put 'Romanticize Your Life" (from Harper Celebrate; text by Jordan Ackerman and illustrated by on order as soon as it was released. Early access was provided by NetGalley (much thanks!). I enjoy these types of books that have something for each day to ponder on.

Does every day in this book 'hit' for me? No, but a lot of them do, especially if given time over the year to think on, engage in (if applicable) and then go back again. It works for me because there is a bit of whimsy, a bit of humor and references topics that I can relate to.

I look forward to receiving my hard copy soon!

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Thanks to Harper Celebrate and Net Galley for this ARC! I was really excited when I saw this book as a Net Galley offering. I am in desperate need of injecting some romance and whimsy into my life. The format of the is set up with daily prompts, questions, and ideas. It reminds me more of those daily wisdom calendars than an actual handbook. Best consumed day by day to really take in and apply the advice, especially if you’re like me and journal daily. The advice given has a good variety, although some were more like journal prompts. Nothing wrong with that, but I was expecting more of a functional guide. I ended up purchasing a physical copy so I can use it in tandem with my daily journal. Would definitely recommend to those who have or would like to implement those types of daily rituals.

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This is a great guide to remember to live life to the fullest. It provides ideas for self-care and self-indulgence for every day of the year and includes lovely recipes and opportunities to learn. The fun illustrations make this all the more enjoyable.

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I loved that this book was divided into months with seasonal opportunities to renew and refresh. The suggestions are easy to do and with a bit of reading ahead, I don't see why a reader couldn't follow it through the year!

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Oh my goodness!!! I love this book! I love the words the author chose to give prompts on each day's encouragement or fun challenge. I love the Romantasy vibes & Jane Austen vibes & Bridgerton vibes in this. I appreciate the author providing us with a small bit of joy and fun for each day. This is now on my Christmas wish list!

Thank you, Netgalley!

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I so enjoyed this fun, easy read. I love how it put a spin on gratitude- to really be thankful for the life you lead- and not chasing someone’s else’s life but to be satisfied in your own. Lots of good ideas for contentment!

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