From the star of USA reality show The Radkes and creator of the viral "Red Ribbon Week" video, this is a hilarious and inspiring story of finding self-confidence in a world of naysayers.
My name is Melissa Radke, and there is a very real chance you have no idea who I am or why I wrote a book. But admit it, you're curious!
Even though millions of people seem to like watching my videos bemoaning the trials of parenting, marriage, French braiding, faith, and living life as an anti-aging female, you may still be wondering who let me write a book.
I mean, books are written by people who have been interviewed by Gayle King and say things like, "You see, Gayle, I was having a root canal and I literally died in the chair. I saw heaven. Also, when I came back to earth I could speak Mandarin."
Yeah, that didn't happen to me. No Mandarin. Though I have been known to break out in song! (My voice was once described as a "ray of light in a dark world" . . . but I think my dad was being a little dramatic.) Although if Gayle King were to ever ask me I would tell her: "I wrote this book between taking my kids to the local pool and picking out flip-flops at Old Navy, and the only metaphysical moment I experienced came right after I looked directly into one of those mirrors with 10x magnification."
I wrote this book because when I turned 41 I made a decision to be brave. To live brave -bolder and freer. You see, I thought our lives were supposed to change when we turned 40...but mine didn't. Yet every piece of it changed when I turned 41; when I set out to prove that it wasn't too late for me, that careless words wouldn't stunt me and rejection would not stop me. And maybe, just maybe, it will take you reading about the journey I took to finding my sense of self-worth in order for you to rightfully believe in yours. This book is about how all the years of my life led up to the one that changed it. So, cut a big slice and raise a fork...
Here's to bravery.
Here's to courage.
Here's to cake.
(And not the crappy kind, like carrot.)
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This book will make you take a hard look at your own life.
Your brutal honesty about your own life has caused me to take a step back and look at my own life through new eyes.
Worth the listen!!
At first as I listen to the first few chapters I thought I was just listening to some interesting stories. But trust me it’s a lot more than that. Through one of the chapters I cried as I listened all the way to work on my one hour commute. And then I thought of a half dozen women who really need to hear this message because they are so much stronger than they believe. Yes it may ramble in a few places but not without absolute reason. She has several very good points to make! Listening to Melissa read this book is like taking a journey on a back road - adventurous, bumpy, and times you don’t know where you’re going, which makes it all the more interesting and memorable.
This is one slice of cake you don’t want to miss!!!
Such a way with words! I laughed, I cried, I re-read chapters at a time...this book spoke to me. Maybe it’s my age, maybe it’s because I’m Southern or maybe this girl just knows what’s up. I saw myself in her words. I identified so strongly with her fears and insecurities, but by the time I got to the last page I viewed them a bit differently. The things that have held me back for so long, have suddenly became the things that could push me forward in bravery to do something incredible with my life. May it be said that I too lived bravely ever after!!