For me, as soon as I opened the lipstick pink cover of Laura Jane Williams Becoming, it was that book. A ballsy, amazingly crafted memoir, Becoming is for everyone that has ever felt lost, broken and full of self-doubt.
Reeling from an unexpected break-up from 'The One', Becoming details Lauras battle with herself as she embarks on a journey that takes her worldwide from Derby to the Big Apple via one-night stands, the pursuit of a writing career and second chances in the form of a year long vow of celebacy in a sleepy convent in Italy.
As a writer, Laura is a huge inspiration to me. She has a way with words like no other and I honestly can't tell you how much this book has stuck with me. To lay your entire life, your entire story in it's rawest form onto a series of blank pages is something that to me, is nothing short of amazing and it's something that takes an incredible amount of strength, grace and, in all honesty, a whole lot of self-love.
To say that this book has inspired me would be an understatment, to the point where this week, I took Laura's advice, showed myself a whole lot of love and finally had the balls to click publish on a blog post that I never thought I would share - my very own becoming in the form of my 20 year Cancerversary. For that and for this little book, i'll be forever grateful.