Choosing Beauty with Alice Hoffman

Choosing Beauty - blossom jar review of "Survival Lessons" by Alice Hoffman

“I wrote to remind myself that in the darkest hour the roses still bloom, the stars still come out at night. I wrote to remind myself of the beauty of life,” begins the book Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman.

During times of crisis or loss – or even when we’re swept up in the overwhelming stress of everyday life – it can be hard to take a moment to stop and open our eyes to the beauty that surrounds us. Naturally on this blog we focus on creating beautiful skin, but we all know that true beauty comes from deep within.  It’s a glow, a spark that reflects all the wonder we choose to see around us. And that is the premise of Hoffman’s lovely book, which she wrote while battling breast cancer: that beauty and joy are choices.

Her reflections are simple, but profound and life-changing. Choose your heroes. Choose to enjoy yourself.  Choose to accept sorrow. Choose to make things beautiful. Choose to forgive. These are but a few of the chapters that will inspire you to take a look at your life and choose what your heart and spirit need most.

I found Hoffman’s prose to be poetic and wise. It’s a short book, one you can certainly read in a single sitting. And it might just help you smooth out those worry lines and dry the streaks of tears, allowing true beauty to be seen and shine through.