Strip Naked & Re-Dress with Happiness is the first book published by my friend and colleague, Maria Hocking. The book aims to teach you how to survive and thrive through personal challenge, and to guide you on a journey to becoming the absolute best version of yourself. Maria tells her own story of facing adversity, not just once but several times throughout her life, and shares her knowledge of turning challenging situations into positive gifts.
Maria is an inspirational speaker and motivational trainer who thrives on helping people change their lives. In the book we learn how her journey through adversity led her to become the person she is today. And that's something I believe everyone can take from Maria's story: that the things that happen in our lives are meant to happen for a reason, to make way for something even better, like a stepping stone from one chapter of our lives to another. Even if you aren't currently going through a difficult time, this book will help you to reflect on past experiences and move forward.
The book encourages you to 'get naked' and let go of the person you thought you were, and to re-dress with the person you really want to be. A key feature of Strip Naked is the 'changing room tips' which include tools and techniques to help you understand your emotions and behaviours, allowing you to move through personal challenge. The book helps you to think about what you would really like to be doing with your life, and what action you need to take to get there. Through Maria's story and the changing room tips, we are reminded that life really is too short not to aim for our true goals and dreams. If you are feeling lost in life, this book will help you to discover your true purpose, and encourage you to start creating a life of positivity and genuine happiness.
Maria's positivity is contagious; since reading this book I have found myself trying to look for the good in every situation, no matter how big or small, and as a result I feel so much more positive in general. Even if there doesn't appear to be a positive side right away, I look for a lesson that can be learned. It has also helped me to look back on difficult times in my own life and realise the reasons why things happened, or what I have learned from the experience.
If you want to learn how you too can be a happier, more positive version of yourself, get yourself a copy of Strip Naked & Re-Dress with Happiness and prepare for some life-changing magic!