“Up until this moment, I had believed the story I was living; I had based myself, my identity, on being an expert, the mom, the wife, and the cat and dog owner. I had based myself on a story I told myself. I built my life around a belief that I had to be perfect, that no one could ever know the doubt and the pain I felt inside me.” ~ From the preface to Tipping Sacred Cows
As soon as I read Betsy’s preface, I knew this is going to be one of those experiences where I can’t put the book down until I finish it. And I was right. This experience was so much more than just reading a book. It was a deep, emotional journey where I felt like Betsy was sitting in my living room, on the sofa next to me, sharing her most intimate moments in the most honest and transparent way possible.
Wife, mother, and award-winning producer of the sleeper hit What the Bleep Do We Know!? Betsy Chasse thought she had it all figured out…until she realized she didn’t. She didn’t know anything about happiness, love, spirituality, or herself…nothing, nada, zilch.
As she told about each sacred cow she tipped in order to discover herself, each of my own cows was encouraged to stand still and upright, challenging me to tip it…or at least try to tip it. The process of “tipping scared cows” means challenging, really challenging, who you are and what you believe in. Like two guys daring each other, “come on, hit me.”
In her open, witty, and hilarious monologue, she inspires you to question some of your own sacred cows. She inspires you to look them in the face, challenge them, and try to “tip them over.” With the aid of humor, laughter, and tears, this book will take you back to the basics of your beliefs, forcing you to dig down and find clarity about what it is that you are truly seeking and the future you want to create.
As you read Betsy’s story and journey with her as she picks herself up and carries on through every crisis in her life, you will ask yourself: is it really possible to turn my life upside down like she did and find peace? And she will tell you: yes, it is.
I can summarize in 3 words how I felt while joining Betsy on her personal journey:
Liberated. Free. Hopeful.
Though Betsy is not the first one to write about spirituality, enlightenment, love, forgiveness, and acceptance, she’s the first in a long time who made me laugh out loud, cry into a pillow, and feel 10 pounds lighter and freer when I closed the book. She believes “if we aren’t laughing, we aren’t growing and learning.” And to me, laughter makes all life’s lessons easier to learn.
We each have a choice to believe the stories that exist in our heads right now or to create new ones.
This is truly a must-read book for any woman out there looking to take a playful journey into herself and rewrite the story of her life. In Betsy’s words: “It is up to you to create yourself!”