Tag Archives: Self-care

Me Time: The self-care guide to being your own best friend- Jessica Sanders


Five Mile

October 2019

ISBN: 9781925970036
ISBN-10: 1925970035

RRP $24.95

Raising teenagers can be a minefield. Having raised three daughters and now raising my teen granddaughter, I can fully attest to this. I reckon we need all the help we can get and I’m a firm believer in both empowering and encouraging our young women to be their best selves.

There is a growing market for books for teens to grow their self-belief, confidence and self-care but I really love this particular book as it offers simple and practical – and most of all do-able – suggestions to help girls in particular ensure they take care of their physical and mental well-being.

Melbourne-based Jess Sanders is an author, advocate and social worker who has made it her mission to provide tools for others to build their own ‘self-relationships’. Her Re-Shape enterprise and first project Learning to Love Your Body have been hailed as great successes and she has now turned her attention to addressing other aspects of self-belief.

Filled with a variety of advice, tips and activities from one minutes duration to whole days, there is much to explore.

This is going to be a perfect book to share with The Kid as she continues her journey through her teens and I would highly recommend it to you for your daughters or other girls.

You are Positively Awesome – Stacie Swift



Harper Collins Australia

May 2020

  • ISBN: 9781911641995
  • ISBN 10: 1911641999
  • Imprint: Pavilion – GB
  • List Price: 24.99 AUD

This is most definitely a very timely and en pointe book for those who have been finding themselves anxious, lonely and unsure in these troubled times. Gloriously colourful and eminently practical filled with reminders, advice, affirmations and enjoyable exercises in positive thinking and self-care this will make a super gift for a young person in your life – or for yourself because you deserve it as well.

We already know that it’s okay not to be okay or that we do need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others or even just that we are lovable but there is no doubt that we often get so caught up with events and circumstances that we forget these important points.

Chapters include:

  • Hey, you’re awesome!
  • Why is this stuff important?
  • We all have times when life is a bit rainy
  • It’s okay
  • Self-love matters
  • You can be a good person with a kind heart and still say ‘NO’

Just scanning these it’s easy to see how this could be a truly vital resource for some of the teens we know – or indeed adults.

You deserve good things.

You deserve to be happy.

You are capable and competent.

Don’t doubt your sparkle.

I will certainly be recommending this highly to my students but this particular copy will go to The Kid who, despite her huge leaps and bounds forward, still finds herself frustrated and at times despondent about her ‘differences’ to her peers. I will make sure it’s part of her current ‘at home’ reading program.

You can follow Stacie on her socials or via her newsletter for more positive vibes.  Why not create your own rainbow of self-belief and see where it will take you?