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Own your screw-ups, get inspired, and create the life you want. 

Sick of chasing the perfect relationship, career, or bank balance? Tired of feeling like you’re never quite "enough"? You’re not alone. And it’s time to do something about it. Smart Girls Screw Up Too is the no-nonsense guide for a generation of women who secretly muse about what might be possible in their careers, health, and relationships but don’t know where to start or are too afraid to. 

When a series of screw-ups found author Bella Zanesco burnt out, depressed, and with a broken soul, she knew something - perhaps everything - had to change. But what? Her first ports of call were the usual Band-Aids: Tinder, work, and shopping. But soon, she realised those weren’t going to work. If she wanted to fix this thing, she was going to need to take extreme measures. 

And so she began the journey that would transform her from "Sad Girl" to "Smart Girl"; a journey that meant taking up all the things that she’d been told were good for her but she had always been too afraid, too "busy", or too lazy to try. Cue everything from green juices to setting boundaries to quitting her job to culling her friends. 

Delivered with no-holds-barred honesty, humour, and compassion, Smart Girls Screw Up Too brings together: the latest research into gut science, neuroscience, and epigenetics; ancient tribal wisdom; interviews with global game changers; and insights from the author’s own two-year study of over 2000 women. Paired with a Personal Life Audit, you will get immediate clarity about where to start when seeking purpose, vitality, and love. And, together with Bella - the wise but ass-kicking bestie you wish you’d known earlier - you’ll embark on a series of simple daily challenges that will not only get you to the root causes of why you think, feel, and behave as you do, but see you making changes that stick. No matter what your starting point, you are capable of creating the life you want now.

©2018 John Wiley & Sons Australia (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A comprehensive & holistic guide to the upside

Whether you’re completely down & out, stuck in a bit of a rut or just want to be the best version of yourself - this book is for you. Bella starts by helping you understand your emotions and needs, covers the positive impact of good physical & gut health, then helps you navigate your way to the upside.

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So glad Bella's work fell into my lap when it did.

I found this book at a time when it has been really appropriate to me. I'm yet to execute the exercises but I'm looking forward to doing so. Some like bits of my life at the moment are OK but some really important bits need improving, and I am now in the right place to get going.

I am really appreciated that audible emailed me a PDF with all the exercises a few days after my purchase. Because at first I didn't know how I was going to remember them as I had only heard them by voice. Access to the PDF will be essential to act on Bella's ideas to help me risr fully out of the dark side.

Listening to this book has Energize me and a time that I need to get going on my new life.

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Thank you Bella - Smart Girls is brilliant

This book really spoke to me. In true type A style, when it comes to all things personal development, you name I have done it. I have read most of the health and wellbeing books out there and been on countless retreats, yoga teacher trainings and courses - all in the name of my own personal development. Yet, despite this I was still able to find so many new gems in this book. Nuggets of gold I was able to take away and action immediately. The way Bella has not only written this book, but carefully selected the way in which she guides you through each topic is brilliant. The experts she has consulted with are among the best - Im talking Tiffany Cruikshank (yoga and anatomy genius), Ana Forrest (yoga) and Esther Perel (relationship therapist).

I was gifted a copy of this book and read it over the course of a few weeks. It took me a while to work my way through. Not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because I really wanted to stop and participate in the exercises Bella set out at the end of each chapter. I actually ended up downloading the audiobook version so I could enjoy it again, this time on the go (side note, Bella has a super calming voice).

Bella is honest, funny and you really get the sense that she cares about her readers. I have recommended this book to so many friends and will continue to do so. Thank you Bella for writing this one. I hope to read more from you in the future.

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Great storytelling that really hit home

This is a great read, and fantastic guide to anyone wanting to make some changes to their life! The exercises are really well explained and are really impactful. Highly recommended!!!

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All career driven women should read this book

Bella has a wonderful “tell it like it is” style and helpful insights to help you navigate your way back from the brink of burnout. A must read for any career driven woman who wants to find lasting happiness.

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  • 09-07-2018

A must read to transform your life!

I just loved this book! Bella has this way of getting to the heart of challenging aspects that all women face. The research is fantastic and I love all of the practical exercises - I have gained deep insights from doing them. It also isn't just one aspect of personal development - it is all aspects - mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. This is a must read book to deepen your personal development. Thank you Bella for sharing your life and learnings so honestly! This book has transformed my life and the practical tips and exercises really facilitated the transformation.

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Awesome Read, will change your life

This book is awesome if you're looking to re-design your life and career and need a structured approach from someone who has not only lived through coming out of depression and burnout but a woman who has researched thousands of women to support her findings and drawn upon the worlds top thinkers with first hand insights including Esther Perel. You'll laugh, you'll cry but you will find your upside.

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Some genuinely good ideas, but...

It reads like a self-conscious teenage magazine full of hashtags, mispronunciations and vocal fry. Does the author really need to talk about "shutting up that verbally incontinent bitch" in her chapter pitching the benefits of meditation? I wanted to love it but would have returned it if I could.

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I'm recommending this to everyone I know!

Smart Girls truly changed my life trajectory!

Being a type A, high achiever this book spoke to me because it was coming from another high performer. Bella's expertise in personal transformation shines through and has now helped me to reprogram my own vision, beliefs, daily habits and practices, allowing me to achieve more than I ever thought I could. My background in science has always encouraged me to look for evidence, what surprised me was just how well researched and scientifically backed the recommendations were. One of the best parts I felt was the fact the book wasn't all theory - the pages contain activities, challenges, specific calls to action, an online life audit and access to a community of like minded people. WIN!

Bella's honesty and hilarious candid moments made for a truly intimate and inspiring read. I have lost count of how many people I have recommended it to - females AND males alike.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-08-2018

Like having your own private coach as co-pilot

I'm a woman's wellness coach and this guide incorporates a lot of the techniques I use with my one-on-one clients, for a much smaller financial investment. It takes a well-rounded, holistic approach to healing and elevating as a woman. It is also beautifully narrated.
Perhaps you also missed your calling as a voice-over artist or actress, Bella! Thanks for sharing your journey. It's a beautiful gift for all of us on this crazy path called being a human.

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  • miss Kondera
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inspirational and uplifting 'how to do life' story

it was a pleasure to have met Bella and even bigger pleasure to be let in her memories through the chapter of this book. Thank you!