What It Means to Be a Woman: 5 Key Takeaways From This New Book

I am so excited to share this book review with you all!

This is my second review for the author, and I loved this book even more than the first.

Are you a woman struggling with your identity in 2020? Are you trying to figure out how you fit into the world with your particular version of femininity?

Then this is the book for you. Keep reading to find out my favorite pieces of wisdom, and find out how you can order the book for you (and one for a friend!)

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What it means to be a woman

This book answers the highly debated question: What does it mean to be a woman? In the new book What It Means to Be a Woman- And Yes, Women Do Poop!, the author, Jacqueline Pirtle, discusses the following:

  • Her thoughts on femininity
  • The difference between female energy and masculine energy
  • Why being a woman is so important
  • What your purpose is
  • Her thoughts on the comparison game
  • What it means to be a woman

I am really interested in gender politics and what my place is in 2020 as a woman, so this book was right up my alley.

To be honest, when she contacted me for the review, I was skeptical when I read the title. I have very strong views about gender roles that I’m extremely passionate about (another topic for another day). So, I was worried that this book might not align with values that matter to me.

I am so glad I was wrong!

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A lovely book about being a woman

In this section, I wanted to share 5 of my favorite takeaways from the book (without totally spoiling all of her lovely wisdom.)

Takeaway #1- You are more than your physical body

I love the 6 truths she shares about being a woman. They really gave me a lot to think about. Check them out and let me know which ones resonate with you the most in the comments!

  • You did not start out as a woman as a mistake- even if that’s not the gender you identify with currently.
  • You are more than your physical body- you are a whole awesome force of energy!
  • You are never powerless.
  • Your feminine state of energy equips you with all the tools you need to thrive.
  • You can get through anything!
  • Your power lies first in your feminine energy first, then in your physical body.

Takeaway #2- Life is a gift no matter what

Pirtle writes:

Everything that IS in your life- the good, the bad, and the ugly- is meant for you to allow as an expansion and receive like it is the grandest gift ever. Pretend it is your birthday and unwrap it with delight, go ahead!

You grow through what you go through, as they say. Everything that happens can be used to move you forward to the being you were meant to be.

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Takeaway #3- Your purpose is to be happy

She says, “The gigantic purpose of why you chose to come here is for you to be and feel the best and happiest, most joyous, healthy, and successful YOU possible, in order to make the energetic wheel go round and round.”

You are not meant to be sad, and anxious, and living in misery. If that is the way you feel, remember: those feelings are real, and they are valid. I live with them myself!

But also remember that they are not YOU, and they are not the way you were born to live.

Takeaway #4- You can achieve your dreams!

Even if you live with chronic depression and anxiety like I do, you are a woman who is meant for more. You are meant to set goals and high in the sky dreams, and chase them until they become reality.

Pirtle writes that within the same energy as your purpose as a woman exists your highest dreams. “The life you really want to experience is in that frequency and if you are there too, you and your desires can meet and be together. You become one with each other and enjoy the purpose of flying even higher- since there is never a limit to to how amazing you can feel and live.”

I don’t know about you, but that conjured such a lovely image in my mind!

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Takeaway #5- If you want all good things, you have to ask!

“Claim your fire, because you ARE a soul being that is outfitted with the wisdom of your soul guidance, here to enjoy your soul passion, creating an impeccably fitting soul journey that you are here to experience.”

If there is something you want in life, or something you want to be, then claim your fire. Tell the universe what you want, and then tell the universe that you are ready to accept it. It might not be easy, but it is possible!

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Check out my other Jacqueline Pirtle book review

In short, I loved this book! I would sincerely recommend it to everyone who is looking to discover their purpose in a really challenging year.

This is not the first book review I’ve written for Jacqueline Pirtle! You can check out my first one (for her book 365 Days of Happiness) here: 365 Days of Happiness book review

That was another good one, so check it out for yourself.

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Check out What It Means to Be a Woman today- You won’t be disappointed!

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