Book of the Week: Enough Already


Enough Already, by Valerie Bertinelli


Valerie Bertinelli opens up in this biography about how she needed to learn to love herself exactly how she was, and the not the perceived image she always strived to be.


It was a relatable story (for me) that reminds us that we are more than our bodies and our habits; we are enough just as we are.


This was a unique kind of biography that read more like a conversation than a story (and is peppered with recipes). Very personable and very real, Bertinelli takes us on her journey of self-actualization as she battles lifelong weight and self-esteem issues to realize that life is wasted when we shame ourselves instead of embracing who we are, as we are. I saw myself in her struggles with food, and also in her awakening that it should be enjoyed as a part of life and not used as a punishment or barometer of our worth.


As I was reading it, I could feel the empowerment build up inside me as I’ve encountered my own shame (both inward and from hurtful outsiders) and it reinforced my strength to stop that talk and love myself, flaws and all.


My heart, my brain, my personality—all are a much more important measure of who I am as a human being, and I love those parts of myself; so why not love the vessel that holds it?


Her story was also a little bit (oddly) focused on her relationship with her ex-husband, but perhaps it was in tribute to their connection and bond as the end of his life neared, and I found it to be sweet and endearing—how love really can transcend the pain of the past.


She was lovable, raw, and on point with the wisdom she shared about how we need to say “enough already” and live our lives for joy.



To learn more about Valerie Bertinelli and her book: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/55959514


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