MAKE YOUR MESS YOUR MESSAGE:
MORE LIFE LESSONS FROM AND FOR MY GIRLFRIENDS
by Shari Leid
Life is messy. Yet, through many of the challenges we face, we
often find our strength, our perseverance, and our resilience to
overcome the difficult times.
In her new book, Make Your Mess Your Message: More Life
Lessons From and For My Girlfriends [978-1954920118;
$17.95; Capucia Publishing; September 2021],
lawyer-turned-life coach Shari Leid chronicles dates and
intimate conversations with her girlfriends, all centered around
the question, What is the mess that became your message?
“I spoke to 51 women who are actually in my life and I did this
during the pandemic via Zoom,” Leid says. “I learned things
about friends—even lifelong friends—that I had not known
before. These conversations not only deepened our friendships
but also became life-changing for me.”
Each chapter profiles a different woman, with the final chapter
focusing on Leid’s own mess-to-message as she learned to let
go of the fear of judgment.
In the second book in The Friendship series, you’ll meet Kathryn, who finds acceptance
and healing inside a damaged relationship with her mother (chapter 17); Gage, a young transgender
woman who now uses her platform to help support and offer guidance to other transgender youths
(chapter 18); Cindy, a mother who loved her son through his struggle with drug addiction (chapter 37);
Angela, who found the tools to manage her daily anxiety and depression (chapter 44); and many, many
more inspiring women whose messes may be similar to your own.
Designed to read one chapter a week, Make Your Mess Your Message will remind you that each and
every “messy” life experience has had a hidden meaning. Following each chapter, Leid provides a
place to journal as well as an action step to take in your own life.
“Some of my girlfriends will remind you of your own girlfriends, and many of their messes will be
messes that you’ve dealt with yourself or may have to handle in the future,” she says. “Life is messy.
Let’s face it together.”