Sip and Read: Slay Like A Mother by Katherine Wintsch

By Rutendo Mabika

Slay like a mother: How to destroy what’s holding you back so you can live the life you want.
Katherine Wintsch

Hello, again readers! It’s Mother’s Day this week and I just had to share this no-nonsense, reality check, whip you into shape type of a book. Slay like a mother is thought provoking, relatable and brutally honest. It is aimed at self doubting moms, (and I am not a mother), yet I still gleaned so much. Between the hard truths, the author’s own story, the advice and strategies, I can not see anyone not getting something out of this. I think everyone experiences self doubt in some shape or form because of insecurities and we all have our dragons to slay.

I loved the author’s conversational tone, it felt as though I were talking to a friend. At times, it even felt like I was speaking to the voice in my head. I think one of my favourite “can do” quotes from this book is, “THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. YOUR SUFFERING IS OPTIONAL.” Wintsch is all about empowerment and believing in yourself. Many of us, even those of us who are not mums, wear a mask of everything being okay, where deep within we feel anything but okay and it resonated with me. I know I, for one, am my own biggest critic. I strive too hard for perfection in everything I do and it ends up backfiring in one way or another when I end up mentally or physically exhausted. We make a choice, to succumb or conquer, and this book infuses you with the inspiration, energy and tools to conquer.

This book helped me realise that as women we need to learn to be kinder to ourselves, to love ourselves, to forgive ourselves and to give ourselves time. More importantly, it gave me practical tools to take control, reshape my perspective and own my future. Too often, we read a book, have a moment of learning and then move on. I highly recommend this book to all mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and soon to be mothers! Wintsch takes her book to a deeply personal place with honesty and overall uplifting. Give it a try, just be yourself and take that mask off and slay that dragon that keeps you down.

I have been an avid reader since my teens when I was introduced to my first classic book, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. That was the start of my love affair with books. I am always on the lookout for new reads so bring on your recommendations if you have any. Happy Reading!

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