We all assume that grown women don’t believe in fairy tales and yet, most of us wish unicorns were real, and some of us are even waiting for George Clooney to whisk us off to Lake Como … (Amal who?). As women we tend to believe these myths … if I’m nice, pretty, polite, gracious and hardworking, justice will prevail or, better yet, I will be saved.
At age 47, with two kids to raise (one with special needs), a challenging business to run and a marriage to nurture, fashion designer Elaine Turner’s glass slippers began to crack. Refusing to believe the cracks had anything to do with pre-menopausal weight gain, she slowly started to realize that the pressure from attempting to be a perfect wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, boss and business owner was in fact fracturing her “perfect” exterior. She realized that being everything to everyone was not only impossible but futile. A life-changing (or as she puts it, a “goosebump fate”) moment sets her on a path of self-discovery, growth and a new perspective.
In Breaking the Glass Slipper, Elaine shares with us her newfound understanding by debunking several pervasive societal myths that we have been told, sold and programmed to believe. She tells personal, heartfelt and often times hysterical stories that are thoroughly backed up by research. Elaine inspires us to let go of fear, failure and expectations knowing we don’t have to fit a set mold or be a victim to our struggles. This book is a journey about finding your own truth—a truth that keeps you from ever needing a glass slipper. Because why walk when the truth lets you fly?