Book Review : The Upside of Being Down by Jen Gotch

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Hey friends. I recently finished the book The Upside of Being Down by Jen Gotch. In it she shares her life living with mental illness.

Below you will find the description of the book from NetGalley. Below that will be my personal review and star rating. Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer : I received a free copy of this eBook from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Description :

An entertaining, humorous, and inspirational memoir by the founder and chief creative officer of the multimillion-dollar lifestyle brand, who “has become a hero among women (and likely some men too) who struggle with mental health (Forbes).”

After graduating from college, Jen Gotch was living with her parents, heartbroken and lost, when she became convinced that her skin had turned green. Hallucinating that she looked like Shrek was terrifying, but it led to her first diagnosis and the start of a journey towards self-awareness, acceptance, success, and ultimately, joy.

With humor and candor, Gotch shares the empowering story of her unlikely path to becoming the creator and CCO of a multimillion-dollar brand. From her childhood in Florida where her early struggles with bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, and ADD were misdiagnosed, to her winding career path as a waitress, photographer, food stylist, and finally, accidental entrepreneur, she illuminates how embracing her flaws and understanding the influence of mental illness on her creativity actually led to her greatest successes in business and life.

Hilarious, hyper-relatable, and filled with fascinating insights and hard-won wisdom on everything from why it’s okay to cry at work to the myth of busyness and perfection to the emotional rating system she uses every day, Gotch’s inspirational memoir dares readers to live each day with hope, optimism, kindness, and humor.

My Review :

This book was so uplifting for me. Throughout everything, Jen remained so hopeful. I find that inspiring. We need hope today…and no matter what is going on there is always…ALWAYS a way to remain positive. Somedays it will be harder than others, but it is always possible.

Jen’s hilarious take on life had me laughing…but most importantly she was relatable. I’ve struggled with mental health issues so she really made me feel seen. It’s comforting to know that there are others going through similar experiences.

I so much enjoyed reading this book. If you have any struggles with mental illness, Jen’s book can help to give you a more positive way to look at it, and to get any help you may need. There is no quick fix, or one size fits all healing. You’ve got to do the work and get to the root of the issues…but it is possible if you never give up hope.

I love you all and hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. It’s on sale now! ♥️


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