The Self-Love Book Club Reads Red, Hot, & Holy // Week 1

Happy September and welcome to the first day of our Self-Love Book Club! I thought I’d swing by and give you an idea of how I thought things would go for our first month of reading together.

Have you opened Red, Hot, and Holy yet? I’ve only looked at the first few pages, but it’s already clear that this book is equal parts love letter and love story – yet not in the conventional sense of either phrase. I’m totally hooked.

I’ve created a loose reading schedule to keep us all more or less on the same page, but please feel free to disregard it completely and read at your own pace. I can definitely see myself being tempted to sit down and devour the whole thing in one sitting.

Red, Hot, & Holy Reading Schedule Week 1 (September 1-7): Prelude, Fire Hazards, Chapters 1-6 Week 2 (September 8-14): Chapters 7-13 Week 3 (September 15-21): Chapters 14-19 Week 4 (September 22-28): Chapter 20-22, Epilogue

It’s less than a chapter per day for the most part, but I’ve tried to work things out so that there’s less reading in the final week for anyone who wants to participate in the end-of-the-month linkup by sharing a review or their reflections on the book.

I’ll check in every Sunday with a few reflection questions that we can discuss in the comments and I hope you’ll bring your own questions to the table as well. I’ll also be doling out some (completely optional) self-love homework each week, because I think it would be great to start taking this concept off the page and seeing how we can apply it to our own lives.

And if you’re as excited to get started as I am, you might want to pick up next month’s book: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. The book is an account of the author's year-long pursuit of a happier life after realizing she'd never fully appreciated how truly wonderful her life was - and it promises lots of insight and inspiration for creating your own happiness project. It’s available in paperback and on Kindle (and yes, you can support my blog by using these affiliate links, but you certainly don't have to).

Self-Love Homework Week #1 In my mind, we're not just embarking on a simple book club here. We're each becoming a revolutionary in the self-love movement and that means starting a wild, audacious romance... with ourselves. It might sound like a simple thing, but as Brene Brown says in The Gifts of Imperfection, “In this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance.” Your first homework assignment is to pick up a self-love talisman - a small object to keep on your person that reminds you of the journey you've undertaken and offers some comfort when the going gets tough.

My favourite self-love talisman is a set of pink vintage rosary beads. I replaced the cross and crucifix with two pieces of quartz . Their weight on my wrist is a comforting reminder to be gentle and loving with myself, and I've spent at least a few stressful meetings rubbing my worries into the stones, rather than letting them overtake me. A piece of jewelry might speak to you as well, or perhaps you'd prefer a special pen for writing out your deepest secrets or even a special colour of nail polish to adorn your nails. Your talisman needn't cost anything at all. Write an inspirational poem, your favourite quote, a special affirmation, or draw a pretty heart on a scrap of paper. Keep it in your pocket and take it out when you need a lift. Whatever it is, just make sure it speaks to you.

Do you have a self-love talisman in mind? Tell me all about it in the comments. And let me know if you have any questions or if you have suggestions to improve the format of our little book club.