Living a Charmed Life: Your Guide to Finding Magic in Every Moment of Every Day

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Achieve Happiness at Any Age, In Any Circumstance

Bestselling author Victoria Moran presents fifty action-inspiring essays that show us how to custom craft our very own blessed lives.

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Overview

Achieve Happiness at Any Age, In Any Circumstance

Bestselling author Victoria Moran presents fifty action-inspiring essays that show us how to custom craft our very own blessed lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Arielle Ford
“Victoria Moran’s words of wisdom, inspiration and magic are a soothing balm for anyone who is sad, dissatisfied or simply in need of upliftment.”
Charla Krupp
“America’s out of work. Our financial portfolios have tanked. Victoria’s new book couldn’t have come at a better time. Learn fifty ways to relieve your stress and create your own everyday joy!”
Christiane Northrup
“Living a Charmed Life is real, inspiring, uplifting, and guaranteed to lift your spirits and inspire your life-no matter what is going on!”
Alexandra Stoddard
“Clearly it is up to us to leave the cave of ignorance and acquire the life skills to live a life that pleases us and others. Victoria Moran urges us to celebrate our lives completely in her book, Living a Charmed Life.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061649899
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 390,044
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Victoria Moran

Victoria Moran is an inspirational speaker, a certified life coach, and the author of ten books including Lit from Within; Fat, Broke & Lonely No More; and the international bestseller Creating a Charmed Life. She lives a charmed life in New York City.

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Living a Charmed Life
Your Guide to Finding Magic in Every Moment of Every Day

Chapter One

Know that you are worthy

Nothing you have done, nothing that was done to you, and nothing anyone else has ever said to you or believed about you erases the inalienable truth that you are one delectable creation.

Most of us waste a lot of time distrusting ourselves and discounting ourselves. As hard as we work to instill confidence in our children, it can be difficult to maintain healthy self-esteem ourselves. We might feel very competent about certain talents and aptitudes; we could even feel smug and superior in some aspects of life. Despite intermittent bravado, however, underneath there is often the shadow thought "If they only knew the truth, they'd be disappointed."

It's up to you to know the truth, the real truth about yourself. That is: you are an expression of the beneficence that brought you forth. Of course you have more to learn as you go along, and you've done things in the past that you wish you hadn't. A valid definition of human being might be: "intelligent biped who has more to learn and who has done things he/she wishes that he/she hadn't." This is who you are in your current model—that is, Homo sapiens living on earth. You're no more unworthy because of that fact than a bicycle is unworthy because it isn't a spaceship.

Personally, I thought I had the self-worth thing down pretty well. I mean, I've worked on myself for a long time, and as a certified life coach I help other ­people realize that they are fully worthy of getting to where they want to be. That's whywhat happened at Cafe Gratitude, a vegan restaurant in San Rafael, California, was such a big deal for me. The name of every item on the menu there—appetizers, entrées, desserts, drinks—is an affirmation. If you were ordering several courses, you'd say to the server when you gave your order: "I am grateful, I am joyful, I am brilliant, and I am beautiful." When she served each dish, instead of saying, "Your spinach salad," she would say, "You are grateful" (or "joyful" or "brilliant" or whatever it is).

I was there with my friend Julie, and because we were catching up for the first time in a ­couple of years, I didn't pay too much attention to what I ordered. When the young server brought me the dish, however, she said, "You are worthy." I was taken aback. ­People have told me a lot of nice things in my life, but this was the first time anyone ever looked me in the eye and said, "You are worthy."

It is embarrassing to tell you (after authoring ten self-help books) that my life was changed by one line from an abundantly pierced and tattooed twenty-three-year-old, but it was. When she said, "You are worthy," I had to get over confusing my human failings with my basic value. It seemed at the time that I had to either accept my worth once and for all, or send my quinoa and tofu back to the kitchen.

I hope that you can go to California and dine at Cafe Gratitude. Until then, serve yourself a generous portion of self-worth every day—and rename what's for dinner!

This is useful as a way to make up for what more than likely happened in your early life, even if you came from a loving home. The standard scenario goes like this: We debut as babies, perfect and full of ourselves, but over time even that expression—"full of yourself"—takes on a negative connotation. The surety of our divine heritage and limitless value, which we knew so well in our earliest years, erodes as we're told what not to touch and what not to say, or when we're even once given a label like "chubby" or "slow" or "troublemaker." Some of us had religious training that, well meaning though it may have been, focused so much on sin that some innermost part of ourselves never made it to redemption. In school we got grades, and many of us are still grading ourselves on every aspect of our being.

It is time to outgrow self-doubt. You are worthy. Nothing you have done, nothing that was done to you, and nothing anyone else has ever said to you or believed about you erases the inalienable truth that you are one delectable creation. Always were, always will be. You are worthy. Eat your tofu.

Lucky Charm

Choose a common action (like looking in a mirror or walking through a door), and every time you do it, remind yourself that you are worthy.

Living a Charmed Life
Your Guide to Finding Magic in Every Moment of Every Day
. Copyright © by Victoria Moran. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted April 18, 2011

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    It reflects HER life and experience. This book is better fit for those who haven't read anything like this. I found myself nodding and skimming through because this book turned out to be familiar theme...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2009

    Charmed Again

    This sequel to Creating A Charmed Life is as helpful and joyful as its predecessor. Victoria Moran is an expert on what makes us happy, and reminds us of what we already know but often put aside and forget as we get on with our lives. It's lovely to start the day with one of her small essays and carry the wisdom throughout the day.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    Wonderful Advice For Any Woman

    Self help and inspirational books are not normally my style. I find that most of the advice in most self help books does not apply to me or is given in such an uppity manner that I don't follow just to spite the author. This is not the case with Victoria Moran's Living a Charmed Life. She gives advice in such a friendly and engaging manner that it is difficult to disregard her.

    There is so much useful advice in Living a Charmed Life that I think anyone can find something that can apply to them. For me, it was raw foods. It was only a small passage and easy to overlook but not for me. After I read it, I had the most intense craving for a good salad. At midnight this is most inconvenient. I decided to try the Live Till Five approach for a few weeks. So far, it has been great. I feel more energetic and healthier. I also am not getting hungry so often. I had never thought of a raw diet as something that would work for me but I now realize it might be perfect. I might do it full time. I am going to Borders to get some recipe books today. I also followed Moran's advice about progressively waking up earlier. So far, it has not been working so well. I got up at 12pm today. So sad. I might have to work on this a little more. Maybe get a louder alarm clock. Of course, some of the tips in Living a Charmed Life will not work for me. Such as giving up caffeine. I would be a walking zombie without three or four cups of coffee a day. I don't even want to think of the terrible headache I would get if I tried to stop.

    Living a Charmed Life is a wonderful self-help book for women that can be useful to any woman. I can guarantee that almost every woman will find something that can be useful for them.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

    Delectable!

    I have started carrying this book in my purse! It's so pretty, too, it cheers me up just to look at it. Victoria Moran is the cool older sister/friend/mentor you wish you had when you were growing up, and this book packs all her wisdom into lovely little treat-sized essays, topped off with 'lucky charms' - practical tips. This is a perfect gift, and the ideal way to infuse a little joy into these depressing times. She also includes a ton of useful resources to support the charmed lifestyle. A treasure, definitely, and something I will keep close to me for many years.

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