I have been following Erika De La Castro on Instagram for about a year. She has the sweetest personality and promotes community, positivity and confidence. Even though I’m not able to attend I have loved watching her plan and host wine nights in Omaha. The wine nights, especially the first one, are clearly outside of her comfort zone but she is stretching herself and building community among the young women in her city.
I missed the initial announcement, but I was so excited when I found out Erika was writing a book. I bought two copies of The Ridges of My Face as soon as it was available and now I’m thrilled to be able to share with you my thoughts after reading the book!
According to Amazon:
The Ridges of My Face is a guided journal to help you love every part of yourself: from your hair to your dreams, all the way to the sound of your voice. It helps readers see themselves the way the rest of the world sees them.
Starting with your hands and eventually ending with dreams and careers, Erika walks readers through all the areas many women struggle to love and appreciate themselves. Each chapter is only one to two pages long which makes this book very manageable whether you go through each chapter as a short daily reflection, or you want to work through it all at once.
The Illustrations in The Ridges of My Face were drawn by Elaine Almeda. They are absolutely beautiful line drawings of diverse and unique women. One of the first things I noticed about the book is that there is so much room to write notes, draw in the margins, and make it your own. The illustrations add to that beautifully without taking attention away from your journey.
I often find that the messaging in the self-love world tells women that we are perfect just as we are and diminishes the value of personal growth and seeking to improve. The truth is that real self-love means a balance between honoring where we are right now, while also working to grow and improve from there. Erika recognizes this balance. In fact, all of chapter 10 is about self-actualization and how important it is to always be learning and growing. In chapter 17, she encourages girls to value their body and practice self-love by pursuing physical health and in chapter 8 she talks about the value of keeping a tidy space for quality of life. One of my favorite quotes from the book says “I realized keeping my space uncluttered was not a grand burden, but instead, many small acts of self-love.” I think this applies to many areas of our life and I love the way Erika weaves the less-fun elements of self-love throughout her book.
I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I bought two copies and the reason for that is that I’m giving a copy away! This book was so encouraging to me and helped me think and work through topics that I personally struggled with and I want to share that with all of you! To enter the giveaway, head to my Instagram @amaizylife.
If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway, Erika’s book is available on Amazon, (and its on Prime!) and you can follow the link to get your copy *here!
Have you read The Ridges of My Face? Tell me what you thought in the comments!
I bought both copies of The Ridges of My Face with my own money because I really wanted to read it and support another girlboss. Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t genuinely think are amazing. However, links marked with an *, including the link in this post are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll get a small commission and probably spend it on library fees or a cup of chai at my favorite coffee shop.