Book review · Memoir · Nonfiction · psychology · Things I'm Learning · Uncategorized

Living a bold and blessed life

Beauty, fashion and lifestyle guru Dominique Sachse is one of my favorite personalities on YouTube. She started her channel in 2014 with her tagline, “Be Bold and Be Blessed.” At last count, she has 1.74 million subscribers.

I subscribed after seeing a video on how to style a bob. I later learned this poised and engaging woman also was an Emmy Award-winning journalist and news anchor at KPRC in Houston, Texas. And when I heard she wrote a book, I couldn’t wait to read it.

Dominique’s new book “Life Makeover: Embrace the Bold, Beautiful, and Blessed You” can out in April 2022. She said women can lose balance in their lives as they respond to ever-increasing responsibilities and the demands of others. They can lose sight of the path they were on to become the person they once dreamed of becoming.

Her book offers those women a bridge. She wanted readers to reconnect with their younger selves and remember those things that brought us joy as children. The image of a bridge at the beginning and end of her book anchored her content, giving the reader a place to dream and plan before taking next steps toward life changes.

The bridge also applied to how Dominique viewed her part in the journey: a mentor or coach on the sidelines cheering on her reader. She has a breadth of life experience. She’s been married and divorced, walked through fertility struggles and single parenthood, moved from radio to broadcast journalism to a thriving YouTube channel.

Now in her 50s, she’s helping women navigate the seasons of our lives with class and dignity.

I will say I did wonder if I was the right audience for this book. Dominique talked about making vision boards: one for passions to pursue, the other for cataloguing talents. I’ll be honest. I said, “Nope. Not doing it.”
But she did get me thinking about those dreams I had as a kid. I still become absorbed by my hobbies that cause me to lose track of time.

And her personal stories kept me reading. She is just as engaging, honest and open in print as she is on her channel. I enjoyed learning more about her career from her early days as a DJ, a traffic reporter, and then a news anchor. (She recently ended her 28-year career with the station.) She shared the hard moments in her relationships, losses and gains as a parent, her own self-reflections in therapy, and the bold moves in her career. Her faith in God led her to places that served as an oasis of peace many times as she let go of past hurts and experience renewed joy.

My biggest takeaway: be grateful for the life God gave you and continue dreaming and planning your next bold move. Be gracious, classy, and kind to everyone, and a shine brightly in the darkness of this world to light the path for others.


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