Book Review: ‘Grow Through It’ by Dani DiPirro

“A colourful fully illustrated guide to learning how to adopt a more positive mindset, even when the skies are grey and stormy, from a hugely popular Instagram artist. Beautifully illustrated and heartfelt, this beautiful little book shares big insights about how to stay positive in an increasingly negative world. Artist Dani DiPirro started her Instagram, PositivelyPresent, after she realized that positivity, like all self-care, is an essential skill that needs to be practised daily. She began posting her bright and bubbly illustrations, sharing the ups and downs of her journey to positive thinking. In Grow Through It, Dani shares never-before-seen content to take us through the seasons, and she shows us how to pick out the positives on both sunny days and grey ones. She also reminds us to take the breaks for self-care, to stop comparing yourself to others, and to grow at your own pace. No matter what the circumstance, optimism is an option!

Thank you to Love Book Tours and the publisher for my copy of this book and my spot on this blog tour.

Review of Grow Through It by Dani DiPirro

My rating: 5/5

Today is the last day of the book tour for Grow Through It by Dani DiPirro, and what a joy it has been to receive this little book of happiness, lovely quotes and useful advice accompanied by gorgeous illustrations.

I seem to have a theme going on lately as not long ago, in January, I have reviewed The Kindness Journal by Jaime Thurston. But I think it’s important to acknowledge that we are living in hard times. For many of us, life has come to standstill for nearly a year now. Many of us have not seen their family or friends for months, and it’s hard to maintain a positive attitude in the current circumstances when we spend most of our days at home not being able or allowed to interact with people. I know I have been struggling with this, so both books have been my little joys lately.

Grow Through It is divided into four parts, one for each season, so you can deep and nip into the current season easily, and with the current temperatures and brief snowfall here in Oxford, it’s definitely winter here. This division into four seasons is useful as each is defined by very different weather, circumstances and energy levels.  In summer when the sun is shining more often we are more energetic, and in winter, many of us need to warm up with a hot drink every day. Each season is different, and while Dani DiPirro’s illustrations and advice clearly relate to specific seasons, they can also be looked at during different moments, no matter what season. Short and to the point, they make you stop and breathe, take a moment and reflect on your current situation and how you want to move forward. 

Cute illustrations have been definitely my favourite part of Grow Through It. They are absolutely lovely to look at, and they suit the advice perfectly. They definitely put a smile on my face when I needed it!

Who is the book for: I think it’s another book for everyone, especially now. It’s lovely and illustrations will definitely make you smile, while the advice will make you think through your current mindset.

For those interested in knowing more about the author:

Dani DiPirro is an author and illustrator who launched the website in 2009 with the intention of sharing her insights into living a positive and present life and focusing on personal development. In 2012 Dani left her job in marketing to pursue a career with Positively Present and has since written a number of books and ebooks on the subject. She and her message have been featured in many magazines and publications, including Elle, Glamour, The Huffington Post, Forbes and The Happiness Project.


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