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A motivational read Turia Pitt ‘Unmasked’ review


A motivational read Turia Pitt ‘Unmasked’ review

I finished ‘Unmasked’ by Turia Pitt and Bryce Corbett (336 pages), between writing and other jobs. I couldn’t put it down (but of course I had to or I wouldn’t have met my own deadlines).

Turia Pitt Unmasked, writing computer.
Turia Pitt’s Unmasked, just finished. Next to writing laptop and the essential morning coffee.

From the first chapter, I shed tears. They stayed throughout, but mixed with smiles, chuckles and ‘wow’ moments.

My husband commented, “Are you still crying?” I was up to chapter twelve and had a box of tissues next to me, my head in the book.

This is an inspirational read; not only because of what happened to Turia, but what she did about it. It’s not just about Turia. The people around her show wonderful human spirit and love, particularly her fiancé Michael. Inspiring love flow through the pages.

Have a sense of humour

Turia has a wicked sense of humour and undeniable courage. She probably would have been a motivator, even if the fire didn’t happen to her. Her voice is loud but her physical achievements are thunderous. How many people take on Ironman events, the Kokoda Track, support charities (she did this before the fire), empower other people and live a humble (if not selfie-filled, ha ha) life? See her Instagram account.

Turia is spurred on by those who say she can’t do something. Doctors told her she’d struggle to walk; now she runs, swims, rides and climbs (and not slowly either). It made me realise how insignificant my own struggles were. I have no excuse not to exercise. I cannot complain when I feel pain (arthritis perhaps) in my knees, elbows, shoulders and neck. I will soldier on because I’m very grateful to still be fit and healthy. If I don’t keep moving I may not stay that way. I will stick it out because Turia’s voice is in my ear.

It’s not just a physical lesson

I didn’t just learn a physical lesson. I think the main thing is about our mind and how we use it. Turia breaks things up until she achieves them, be it physical or mental. I’ve always fragmented my writing projects into, words, scenes, chapters, then they become full manuscripts.

With multiple projects on the go it was getting to a point, I thought completing them was pushing my limits. Then I read Turia’s book and I had a light-bulb moment. Keep doing what you originally did; break it up. Finish the first bit, then the second and so on. I’m back to a flow of 3,000 words a day. I’m back on track. Mentally I’m in the writing zone. It’s not the same as an athlete’s zone but it works for me.

We can all be better people.

Turia is proof. She chose not to be bitter and angry; instead to live a full and meaningful life. We would forgive her for the first (considering what she’s been through) but that wouldn’t have been Turia, the person.

As an individual, I choose to be the best I can be. That’s all we need to be. We compete with ourselves. We run our own race. Be proud of what you are doing. If you’re not proud of what you are doing change it. It’s also advisable to keep supporters by your side. The people who love you will cheer you on like no one else. Just like Michael is always the first to greet Turia at her finish lines.

I’d also like to say what an excellent job John Corbett, Turia’s ghost writer, has done to pull the story together. I loved the chapters from the viewpoint of each of Turia’s loved ones. To say I had my heart in my throat, is an understatement. He brought the personal emotions to the surface and made Turia’s tale captivating, engaging and un-put-downable. (Lots of applause going off in the background).

Best advice: Take just one step.

Posted in Family life, Happiness, Health and fitness, Publishing, The Zanzibar Moon, Year of Gratitude

Day 125 to 132 of 365 Days of Gratitude


Day 125 to 132 of 365 Days of Gratitude

I’m at the final countdown to book launch day, with only 44 days to go. I’m grateful to everyone who has shown interest in The Zanzibar Moon so far. I’m overwhelmed. In case you missed it. I’m giving free bookmarks to pre-orders (in Australia) of The Zanzibar Moon. Click Pre-Order to secure yours.

The Zanzibar Moon by Donna Munro tassel bookmark

Day 125 I am grateful for:

The dishes being done, because usually I have to do them and it’s lovely to see a clean kitchen (that I didn’t clean).

Day 126 I am grateful for:

Family, because you realise how precious they are, especially when they are unwell. I’m thinking about Dad, Vicki and Tania and hope you all get better soon.

Day 127 I am grateful for:

A Sunday of relaxed tassel making, because I enjoy crafts and these tassels will make my The Zanzibar Moon Bookmarks special. Receive one if you pre-order (you’ll receive The Zanzibar Moon and bookmark in June).

Day 128 I am grateful for:

Another hibiscus blossoming in my garden, because it feels like summer never left when there are still summer flowers around.

Day 129 I am grateful for:

A cooler night of snuggles and easy sleep, because when you’ve lacked sleep you really appreciate a night of good slumber.

Day 130 I am grateful for:

A beautiful full moon, because I just love the moon. That’s why I have a book called The Zanzibar Moon.

Day 131 I am grateful for:

Good internet connection, because there’s so many things I need to get done on the computer today.

Day 132 I am grateful for:

An early morning drive to bootcamp with a waning full moon and lots of stars, because if I hadn’t rose early to exercise I would have missed it.

What made you smile today?