Mountain Mantras: Wellness and Life Lessons from the Slopes, by Kathryn Kemp Guylay, is an inspirational and laugh-out-loud funny guidebook to overcoming life’s challenges.
The author utilizes personal stories to keep readers focused on two topics close to her heart: wellness and life lessons. She shares stories from her humbling adventures learning to ski as an adult. The book outlines her six-step framework to overcome obstacles. These strategies are meant to enable people to fully engage in their own life, while improving health and vitality.
It should be noted, that you don’t have to be a skier or in the process of learning how to ski to relate to this book. She uses the lessons she learned through her own experiences to make her advice easy to understand. And to add humor.
Some of our most memorable personal life lessons are the ones when we experienced total humiliation. More often than not, after time has elapsed we can see the humor. Kathryn Kemp Guylay is not afraid to share her embarrassments to make a point and, more importantly, to make her book fun. She invites the reader to laugh with her and she’s smart enough to realize having fun is a great teaching tool. Let’s face it, reading about eating healthier and making smarter life decisions, while important, can be a bit dry and intimidating.
Infusing the pages with self-deprecating humor helps the reader relate to the author and to get over the hump thinking that this is a book one should read. It becomes a book one wants to read. While enjoying the stories, the lessons sink in and make an impact. It’s a brilliant move by the author. It feels like she’s talking to just you, making you laugh and showing an interest in your own well-being.
The six-step framework is straightforward and can be adopted by people of all ages. Her non-profit organization is directed towards improving the healthy habits of children, but this book is for all. It’s never too late or early to make positive lifestyle changes, but sometimes complicated programs and restrictions can overwhelm those with the best of intentions. Not only are the steps in Mountain Mantras simple to follow, but Kathryn Kemp Guylay doesn’t harp on giving up all bad habits right now. There has to be some wiggle room and people should still enjoy certain things.
If you want a treat, go ahead, just don’t overdo it. This allows individuals to “cheat” without failing. It keeps people in the right frame of mind and avoids the dreaded feeling of “oh well, I failed so why bother with the rest of it.” Each year millions make New Year’s resolutions and more often than not, most don’t stick to them. This plan has built in a buffer to keep you motivated even when you experience a setback.
Not only is the author’s plan easy to follow, but she incorporates fun ideas for the individual and whole family. This is the type of book that if given a chance, it can impact your life.