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Jordan Lee Dooley

Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up for What You Were Made to Do

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'Own Your Everyday' by Jordan Lee Dooley guides readers through taking ownership of their lives by breaking down old patterns and creating new habits. It offers actionable steps to live an intentional life.

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    Tackling problems on the surface never truly solves them; you need to go deep. 

    Since she was a teenager, the author, Jordan Lee Dooley, had suffered from acne – terrible acne. As a thirteen-year-old, trying to impress a cute boy in class, she found it embarrassing. As an adult, doing a job that requires a certain amount of sitting in front of a camera, she found it a genuine problem. 

    It got to the point where she was having deep, painful breakouts, far below the skin. She resisted going to the doctor, mostly out of embarrassment. She struggled on, using makeup to cover up the imperfections in her appearance. But when she finally got to the doctor, he told her a truth that went further than her skincare issues. 

    The key message here is: Tackling problems on the surface never truly solves them; you need to go deep. 

    Jordan’s doctor told her that her attempts to cover up her acne problem with makeup were probably making it worse. While the cause of this problem was something deeper, like stress or diet, the makeup sure wasn’t helping. 

    There’s a lesson there for all of us. Have you ever felt the need to cover up your imperfections? Maybe you’ve felt that leaving your flaws on display would somehow be worse than the longer-term harm caused by covering them up. 

    You see, covering things up on the surface just keeps your insecurities under wraps, lingering for longer and becoming more and more damaging. Just like that acne. 

    All of us need to be brave enough to face up to the full truth of who we are. Because your purpose starts from being totally you. Not you with the bad parts covered up, but the real, raw you. 

    So here’s a challenge to help you build true confidence in yourself, from deep inside. For thirty days, make a commitment to stop criticizing yourself. Don’t call yourself fat. Don’t identify your flaws in each and every photo you take. Live by this rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t say something to your friend, don’t say it about yourself. If your best friend totally bombed while trying to make a joke over dinner, would you tell her she’s totally awkward and should just give up? No! So don’t say things like that to yourself either. 

    Stop obsessing about how you’re seen on the outside. Embrace your whole, true self. Because that’s where purpose starts. 

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    What is Own Your Everyday about?

    Own Your Everyday is a guide to finding yourself and your true purpose in life. These blinks are both a deeply personal account of the author’s life and a practical blueprint for changing yours. They’ll show you how to shake off the constant pressures of modern life in favor of something more fulfilling.

    Own Your Everyday Review

    Own Your Everyday (2019) by Jordan Lee Dooley is a book that empowers readers to embrace their unique journey and pursue their dreams. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With her honest and relatable stories, Jordan Lee Dooley inspires readers to overcome challenges and live a purpose-filled life.
    • Practical tips and strategies are provided throughout the book, giving readers actionable steps to navigate daily life with confidence and intention.
    • Instead of offering unrealistic solutions, Dooley encourages readers to embrace imperfection and discover their own definition of success, making the book engaging and relatable.

    Best quote from Own Your Everyday

    Weve shrunk purpose down to what we do on the outside rather than who we are on the inside. 

    —Jordan Lee Dooley
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    Who should read Own Your Everyday?

    • People with a persistent feeling that there could be more to life
    • Women who want less pressure and more purpose 
    • Anyone who sometimes feels a little down after scrolling through Instagram

    About the Author

    Jordan Lee Dooley is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, business educator, proud Christian, and Instagram star. As a college student, she established a small Etsy store that grew into a global sweatshirt brand. Today she helps women find purpose and success in business and in life. Dooley has a top-rated podcast, SHE, and runs The Own It Academy, an online business school. 

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    The main message of Own Your Everyday is to embrace imperfections and take small steps towards personal growth and fulfillment.

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    Own Your Everyday is a worthwhile read. It offers practical advice and encouragement for living a purposeful life.

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    Jordan Lee Dooley is the author of Own Your Everyday.

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