Friday, December 30, 2011

Cover 2 Cover Book Club #1

 Today I am linking up with the wonderful Ashley and Crystal for a book club link-up! The marvelous book?

 How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World
by: Jordan Christy

1. What do you think is the most important piece of advice that Jordan Christy gave in this book?
 I think the most important piece of advice that the fabulous Jordan gives us is to consider how we are living for our daughters. I don't have any daughters yet (or children for that matter!), but it is certainly something to consider. Why don't we live a better life for them now so when they come along we are ahead of the game?

2. What do you think is the most obnoxious “Stupid Girl” characteristic?
Selling out to please others!

3. There were SO many great quotes in this book. Do you have a favorite?
I loved quote at the beginning of the Conclusion form Eleanor Roosevelt-"It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness". I think this is telling us to stop whining about what is wrong with the world and do something to make it right!

4. What do you hate most about how our modern day media portrays women? Which celebrity do you dislike the most?
I hate that women are portrayed as stupid and materialistic. What's even worse is when women play into it and make that stereotype worse!

 5. Jordan Christy said that one of the best ways to cultivate a healthy self-image is by celebrating your positive and unique qualities. If you have the time, take the “9 Types” Personality Test here: Did you discover anything new about yourself? Which type are you? Which traits do you feel are most representative of you?
I am split evenly between Type Two (The Helper) and Type Nine (The Peacemaker). Both of these fit right into who I am! As an oldest child I have always been a nurturer and the mama duck keeping all the ducklings in a line. Here is a little more on each of the descriptions:  
-Helper: The caring, interpersonal type. Twos are empathetic, sincere, and warm-hearted. They are friendly, generous, and self-sacrificing, but can also be sentimental, flattering, and people-pleasing. They are well-meaning and driven to be close to others, but can slip into doing things for others in order to be needed. They typically have problems with possessiveness and with acknowledging their own needs. At their Best: unselfish and altruistic, they have unconditional love for others.

-Peacemaker: The easy-going, self-effacing type. Nines are accepting, trusting, and stable. They are usually grounded, supportive, and often creative, but can also be too willing to go along with others to keep the peace. They want everything to go smoothly and be without conflict, but they can also tend to be complacent and emotionally distant, simplifying problems and ignoring anything upsetting. They typically have problems with inertia and stubbornness. At their Best: indomitable and all- embracing, they are able to bring people together and heal conflicts.
 6. What are the top 5 things on your Smart Girl list? (goals to become a more articulate, knowledgeable, and well-rounded person.. see Jordan’s list on page 62)
This is actually something I've been praying about a lot recently. A few items on my "smart girl list":
  1. Pursue higher education-not quite sure how or when, but do something!
  2. Connect more often with our families
  3. Go on a mission trip
  4.   Travel to new places
  5. Become more creative in my cooking

 7. One of Jordan’s suggestions for staying out of a rut with your group of friends is to travel together to your “signature cities.” If you have time, take the signature cities quiz here: You will have to make an account to get your results, but it’s definitely worth it. What’s your signature city? Have you ever been there? Do you ever see yourself visiting your signature city in the future? Would you ever consider traveling to your signature city with your group of friends?
My "signature city" is Savannah, GA. I have never been here, but was talking to David the other day about making a point to visit Savannah in the new year! Savannah as my "signature city" makes sense, though. I mean, I love anything and everything about charming Southern cities with great history. Can't wait to visit soon!
 8. Overall, what did you think about the book? What was your favorite part of the book? Least favorite?
Overall, I thought this was a great book! I really enjoyed it and plan on passing it on to a few friends. My favorite parts were the ones on manners and living with class, because that is something I think all women can achieve. My least favorite part was the part about dating because it wasn't really applicable to me anymore! 

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
Audrey Hepburn

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