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Book Review and Giveaway: The Tall Poppy Project

…by Kylie Patchett.

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The Tall Poppy Project is a self-help book geared to women to “stand tall and stake a claim on your Delicious Life”. Kylie talks about 7 tall poppy principles we as women need to life our life to our fullest. These include Purpose, Pause, Pleasure, People, Prosperity, Plate and Power. Purpose is all about us reflecting on what we are doing. Are we doing what we love? If not, why and what is it that we would rather be doing? Pause is about taking a moment {or more} out of our busy routines to just be present. To meditate. To not multi-task. Pleasure is about doing things that are pleasurable for us. Things we enjoy. No matter what they may be. People looks at our relationships. How we connect with others and maintain those connections. Prosperity looks at having a positive mindset to attract success in whatever we want to do. Plate reflects on healthy eating and looking after what goes into our bodies. And finally, Power is about the physical strength and well-being. {Which of course, helps mental health}. At the end of each chapter, Kylie asks the reader to reflect on each of these principles by putting forth a few questions and applying it to our own lives.

Some of the principles are probably pretty basic and self-explanatory. But I know from experience how helpful it can be to sometimes see them written down. I will admit that there are some things I am sceptical about. Especially the prosperity bit about thinking success and having the universe pretty much conspire to make it work for you. Let’s face it, if that was the case, someone would have contacted me by now! {It’s the same reason I am not a fan of The Alchemist}. I was able to evaluate other things though. I am pretty confident that I am doing what I want to in my life. I do know I don’t pause enough or engage in pleasure enough. And that’s something I had planned early in the year to take stock of. I make an effort to be mindful every day even for 5 minutes. Though it can be a challenge. In the last few months I have been living by the final two principles of seeing that I eat healthy and exercising at least 5 to 6 days a week. I liked how she says we need to not make exercise a chore. Because that’s when you lose motivation. I know for me personally, it’s no longer a chore and it’s something I do and love.

All in all, it’s a decent book about living your life the way you want. I wasn’t a fan of the wording “delicious life” and some of the other touchy-feely stuff. But that’s me. Having said that, I was able to take some practical tips from the book. For me personally again, it was hard to get into Kylie’s recommendation of EFT, kinesiology and NLP but that’s because I come from a cognitive-behavioural theoretical background. Where thoughts are important and if they can be challenged, you challenge them. If they can’t, you go the acceptance route and be mindful of them.

My rating:

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Where to find Kylie:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

The book releases on 31st January 2013.

Two lucky winners have a chance of winning this book as part of a giveaway here on Over Cups of Coffee. All you have to do is:

  • Leave a comment and tell me which one of the 7 principles you look forward to working on and why. {Mandatory for entry}
  • Subscribe to Over Cups of Coffee via email or like our Facebook page {Additional entry}
  • Tweet about this giveaway and use the hashtag #tallpoppydelicious {Additional entry}

The contest is open worldwide. Entries close on 5th February 2013 at 1700 hours AEST. Winners will be picked via random.org

***A copy of this book was provided by the author for review. This is no way has influenced my review of the book. Two additional copies have been provided by the author as part of the giveaway. This book has also been reviewed as part of the Aussie Author Challenge and Australian Women Writers Challenge under the non-fiction category. And because it’s a Tuesday, I’m also linking up with IBOT at Essentially Jess***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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    Trish MLDB
    January 29, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Sounds just the book I need to restore balance to my life… I need to pause after an intense 7 months of challenges in treatment for breast cancer. I want to learn to meditate.

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    Trish MLDB
    January 29, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Sounds just the book I need to restore balance to my life… I need to pause after an intense 7 months of challenges in treatment for breast cancer. I want to learn to meditate.

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      Psych Babbler
      February 10, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Thanks for participating Trish! And it sounds like you could really do with some time to be mindful and meditate! Take care…

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    coloursofsunset
    January 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Sounds like an interesting book. I’d not heard of it until reading this. I am a bit skeptical on some of it, but I imagine you could still take lots of great things from the book. I do have a woman that has done EFT on me before and I believe it worked. Need to go see her soon actually to talk about my fear of flying. I think the one I’d have to work on the most would be Purpose. I am not doing what I want to be doing, for one reason or another, and often wonder if this is how it will be forever. Great post. – Aroha #teamIBOT

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    coloursofsunset
    January 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Sounds like an interesting book. I’d not heard of it until reading this. I am a bit skeptical on some of it, but I imagine you could still take lots of great things from the book. I do have a woman that has done EFT on me before and I believe it worked. Need to go see her soon actually to talk about my fear of flying. I think the one I’d have to work on the most would be Purpose. I am not doing what I want to be doing, for one reason or another, and often wonder if this is how it will be forever. Great post. – Aroha #teamIBOT

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      Psych Babbler
      February 10, 2013 at 8:04 am

      Ah ok Aroha…I guess like most therapies, some things will still work for some people. I guess from a therapist perspective, and reading research, I tend to lean towards to the evidence-based stuff. 🙂 Thanks for participating. Purpose is very important I reckon as we really need to love what we do or else we end up becoming possibly bitter and resentful and well, just over it all!

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    iSophie
    January 29, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I’m working on pleasure this year. As Number #4 is starting to be more independent I am finding more time for myself.

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    iSophie
    January 29, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I’m working on pleasure this year. As Number #4 is starting to be more independent I am finding more time for myself.

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      Psych Babbler
      February 10, 2013 at 8:05 am

      You and me both Sophie! 🙂 Thanks for participating!

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    Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    January 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I agree with you – just thinking about success does not bring success to you, the whole ‘have faith and it will come to pass’ does not wash with me. I am a firm believer in “hard work breeds opportunities” though.

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    Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    January 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I agree with you – just thinking about success does not bring success to you, the whole ‘have faith and it will come to pass’ does not wash with me. I am a firm believer in “hard work breeds opportunities” though.

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      Psych Babbler
      February 10, 2013 at 8:06 am

      That was the same stuff the Secret was all about, wasn’t it Jo? Not that I read it. Probably should read stuff before criticising but still. And yes, like you, I firmly believe in hard work!

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    Radhika
    January 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Hi.. this is my first visit to your blog & I found it interesting Though I am not into “self-help books” I think this one is different from others who only give gyan on dos & donts. For me Its about pauses from routine I am fond of traveling & baking that refreshes me , but due to other social commitments I cannot do as often as I would like to.However, will try my best to have more pauses this year 🙂

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    Radhika
    January 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Hi.. this is my first visit to your blog & I found it interesting Though I am not into “self-help books” I think this one is different from others who only give gyan on dos & donts. For me Its about pauses from routine I am fond of traveling & baking that refreshes me , but due to other social commitments I cannot do as often as I would like to.However, will try my best to have more pauses this year 🙂

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      Psych Babbler
      February 10, 2013 at 8:15 am

      Welcome here Radhika! Pause sounds like a good plan…I’ve been working on that one too! Thanks for participating!

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    Meagan
    January 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I think this book sounds pretty awesome, I think some of the principles can be a bit airy fairy BUT at the end of the day there comes a time where a book like this can just give you that little push you need. At the moment, i’d be hitting up the “Purpose” chapter pretty hard, following on some recent changes in my life I have found myself questioning this a LOT.. followed closely by PLATE, because I really need a shove in that direction…. I really would love to read this book further… thanks for sharing!!! xx

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    Meagan
    January 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I think this book sounds pretty awesome, I think some of the principles can be a bit airy fairy BUT at the end of the day there comes a time where a book like this can just give you that little push you need. At the moment, i’d be hitting up the “Purpose” chapter pretty hard, following on some recent changes in my life I have found myself questioning this a LOT.. followed closely by PLATE, because I really need a shove in that direction…. I really would love to read this book further… thanks for sharing!!! xx

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      Psych Babbler
      February 10, 2013 at 8:55 am

      I agree with you that sometimes books like these can give you that slight push. After all, we know it all. We just need to apply it! Will be really interested in seeing you figuring out your purpose in life… 🙂

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    Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    January 29, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I’m working on different elements contained in the book, namely plate (getting the whole family to eat better) and pleasure (trying to feel less guilty for taking time out for myself). I’m not a self-help reader but I hope this book can help someone else find themselves a better life, if not a delicious one!

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      Psych Babbler
      February 10, 2013 at 8:56 am

      That sounds great what you are already doing Kirsty. I think as women especially those with families, we tend to feel guilty having ‘me-time. But honestly, we have every right to do it!!! Good luck with both those areas you are working on… 🙂

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    Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    January 29, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I’m working on different elements contained in the book, namely plate (getting the whole family to eat better) and pleasure (trying to feel less guilty for taking time out for myself). I’m not a self-help reader but I hope this book can help someone else find themselves a better life, if not a delicious one!

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    amie0312
    January 30, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Seems like a book that one could turn to from time to time to reflect on oneself…
    The ‘universe will conspire to give it to you’ stuff I’ ? Not a big fan of that – very Paulo Coelho!

    But I think I could benefit from evaluating the P’s –

    I really need to focus on Purpose: I am doing what I love right now, but once it ends (which it will in June) I really don’t know what to do next.

    And one thing I keep putting off is Pleasure – I’ve stopped doing so many things I love like ballroom dancing, yoga and painting; I miss them and I must try to incorporate them into my life again so that I feel happier.

    Glad the book was useful for you!
    Amie
    xxx

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      Psych Babbler
      February 10, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Yep…the whole universe conspiring thingy is like The Alchemist…a book I wasn’t a fan of! I hope you find your purpose post-June and start doing things that give you pleasure. It’s so very important!!!

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    EssentiallyJess
    January 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks for the review. It doesn’t sound like my cup of tea really. I’m all for positive thinking, but I can’t get on board with terms like ‘delicious life.’ It would make it very hard for me to take the whole book seriously

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      Psych Babbler
      February 10, 2013 at 9:10 am

      To be honest Jess, I’m the biggest cynic on the planet…and I don’t particularly believe in positive thinking. Through work, I talk to clients about helpful vs unhelpful thinking rather than positive or negative thinking. And yes, delicious life was a bit much for me too. 😛

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    Grace
    January 31, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Great review! I’m not entering the competition but I do think we need more books like this talking about positive thinking for women.

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      Psych Babbler
      February 10, 2013 at 9:11 am

      I agree Grace on books for women to take control of their lives…I think even today as women we tend to sacrifice so much either for families or work or friends and forget ourselves in the process. If anything, this book probably helps us to think about ourselves for once!

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    Winners of The Tall Poppy Project | Over Cups of Coffee
    February 10, 2013 at 9:01 am

    […] I apologise for being a bit late with announcing this one but we have 2 winners for a paperback copy of the Tall Poppy Project. The entries are here. […]

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