More than enough – A bite-sized book review

What happens when you finally let down your walls and show the world your true self only to have them reject it? What do you do when you’ve been asked to change something you feel is a deep part of your authentic-self to fit into a mold? This book tackles all of these dilemmas and so much more. Enjoy the book review!

Full title

More Than Enough – Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth

It was clear even then that I wanted to be the boss. Long before I knew what I wanted to pursue, I knew I wanted to be great. Not mediocre, not average, anything but ordinary. I wanted to design an extraordinary life. A big, and colorful life.

More Than Enough – Elaine Welteroth

Author tidbit

Elaine Welteroth is the first ever black editor in chief of Teen-Vogue who used her platform to raise awareness on issues near and dear to her heart. She’s passionate and tenacious and her story is incredible.

When the world tells you to shrink, EXPAND

More Than Enough – Elaine Welteroth

Who’s it written for?

Anyone that’s ever been made to feel like they don’t fit in when they’re being their authentic self.

Sometimes the things that hurt the most propel you the furthest.

More Than Enough – Elaine Welteroth

What it’s about?

Mоrе Thаn Enоugh іѕ equal parts mеmоіr, motivational career book and mаnіfеѕtо. It details the trіumрhѕ аnd works оf Elаіnе Wеltеrоth’ѕ journey tо ѕuссеѕѕ, bеgіnnіng wіth hеr small-town сhіldhооd аnd еndіng wіth her decision tо lеаvе hеr ѕеаt as еdіtоr-іn-сhіеf оf Teen Vоguе.

3 Takeaways

1. You are enough.

2. You can’t ignore shame.

3. You have to embrace yourself for who you are.

I’ve learned to live who I am, even if certain parts were forged by fire.

More Than Enough – Elaine Welteroth

1 Pro?

More than enough is a wholesome book. I highly recommend it for a book club read because as a journalist, Welteroth is a gifted storyteller. Though it’s part-memoir she includes so much wisdom from her parents and other mentors in her life that it reads like an adventurous fiction book with her as a protagonist.

Like a shadow, shame follows you wherever you go until you make peace with it.

More Than Enough – Elaine Welteroth

1 Con?

One con about this book is the length in which she focuses on her childhood. As someone that’s not a psychotherapist I have trouble making the connection between all of her childhood stories and her adult life. I was hoping to learn more about what it was like to be Editor in chief of Teen vogue but it seems like she signed a non-disclosure agreement based on how little detail she gives about it.

Cop it or drop it?

Definitely cop it! Do not skip More Than Enough! I don’t usually appreciate career books or memoirs but she’s found a way to make it beautifully eloquent, inspiring and very impactful. Any book that shifts my perspective of life for the better is one I’d recommend with pride.


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