The book: Balance & Other B.S
The author: Felicity Harley
Felicity Harley has been a journalist for over two decades. Working for some of Australia’s leading publications, Felicity was the founding editor of Women’s Health. Currently editor-at-large of whimn, she also appeared on Sunrise for over ten years and is regularly called upon as a speaker on the topics of health and wellbeing. Follow Felicity on Instagram.
Balance & Other B.S is a conversational, funny and reassuring rallying cry for every woman who craves balance but is shouldering the mental load, too tired and crazy-busy to see solutions.
When Felicity Harley started talking to other women about their overwhelm, the floodgates opened. Turns out her girlfriends, colleagues and other mums at the school gate had been quietly worrying about the personal cost of modern life and why their wellness wasn’t working too.
As we juggle the roles of partner, boss, friend, mother and employee (plus a side hustle), balance has never been more crucial. We’re obsessed with everything wellness, yet women’s mental health and wellbeing are in decline. We’re drowning in feminist guilt; trying to keep everything afloat, plagued by perfectionism, riddled with doubt, ruled by screens and we’re 100% over it. In today’s volatile times, we’re desperately seeking a wellbeing boost and crying out for some mental space to ourselves.
If you’re a woman then Balance & Other B.S is a must read. Felicity tackles the hard topics with wisdom. Her pals, Megan Gale, Fifi Box, Turia Pitt and Sally Obermeder, to name a few, also share theirs. If you struggle to find the ‘balance’ in your life or are just plain tired and overwhelmed, then this book might help. Reading it, during Mindful May, helped me appreciate that I wasn’t the only one struggling with the demands of life as a woman in 2020. Honest and relatable, you’ll need want to read it again and again.
Where to buy it: Balance & Other B.S $19