Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall, Where Does My Self-Love Fall?: A Success Guide to Replace Toxicity with Love

BQB Publishing
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"Self-Love is the basis of all emotional healing. In this book, Nina Norstrom guides readers through an engaging and life-affirming journey." -- Tim Desmond, author of The Self-Compassion Skills Workbook

"When you don't love yourself, how can you expect another to love you?" Author Nina Norstrom admits It's a simple question with a very complicated answer. Self-love should come naturally, but for many of us it doesn't. Whether it stems from childhood abuses or toxic relationships along the journey of life, self-love can often be one of our greatest challenges.

In Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Where Does My Self-Love Fall? Author Nina Norstrom helps us probe into our thoughts and emotions to uncover our self-concepts and gives us tools to reshape them, and in the process learn to fall in love with ourselves, which is the first step in living a fulfilling, happy life.

Readers of The Self-Esteem Workbook by Glenn R. Schiraldi, PHD and The Self-Compassion Skill Workbook by Tim Desmond will like Mirror, Mirror on the Wall.
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About the author

Nina Norstrom is the author of Not A Blueprint, It's the Shoe Prints that Matter: A Journey Through Toxic Relationships. She is a requested speaker on the topic of toxic relationships and the havoc they can create in our lives. According to Nina, "Life is about experiences (the good, bad, and the ugly) and the lessons they teach us. If we pay attention, we can gain alot of insight along the way." Nina lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area and is a dedicated and passionate champion for living an empowered life.

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Publisher
BQB Publishing
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Published on
Oct 1, 2018
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Pages
100
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ISBN
9781608081967
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Language
English
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Genres
Body, Mind & Spirit / Inspiration & Personal Growth
Family & Relationships / Dysfunctional Families
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Self-Esteem
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