Living Fully: Dare to Step into Your Most Vibrant Life - book cover
Christian Living
  • Publisher : Convergent Books
  • Published : 08 Feb 2022
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN-10 : 0593238338
  • ISBN-13 : 9780593238332
  • Language : English

Living Fully: Dare to Step into Your Most Vibrant Life

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • An irresistible guide to living without holding back, from the vibrant lifestyle entrepreneur and host of the Living Fully podcast

One of Katie Couric Media's Best New Self Help Books to Read in the New Year • "If you're ready to up-level your life and create long-lasting change, then this book is for you! Mallory's resilient path will inspire you to step into your power."-Gabby Bernstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back

Mallory Ervin is known for exuding energy, joy, and laughter. But despite her public accomplishments, Mallory is no stranger to battling unhealthy attachments to performance and success. Now, in her unforgettable debut book, Mallory invites readers to see how her surprising journey-from achievement and accolades to devastating, never-before-shared lows-guided her and led her to a deeply fulfilling life.

In Living Fully, Mallory shares her personal story of overcoming the unhealthy and damaging patterns in her life and shows readers how to trade this for something completely new and more rewarding. What she discovered was there had always been a different life available to her, one that she had not yet seen. Now she encourages readers to resist a "just fine" existence and to step into a life they never dared to imagine before. Through inspiring stories and practical advice Mallory offers the motivation to:

• stop returning to a "just getting by" mentality
• shift perspective so blessings don't become burdens
• remember that life's curveballs don't have to knock you off your feet
• identify your passions and get back to your truest self
• slow down and enjoy the extraordinary in the everyday moments
• quiet the voice of fear
• get clear on the life you want

"I wrote this to be your wake-up call, the thing that turns the lights on in your life and propels you to make real change, once and for all," Mallory says. "I want you to wake up and stay awake."

For anyone hungry for a richer life, or tired of coasting through life in a "cruise control" mindset, Living Fully is the ultimate invitation to embrace abundance and joy-and not look back!

Editorial Reviews

"This book is a gem. From her candid and relatable stories to her hard-won and unforgettable insights and lessons, Mallory delivers a powerhouse guide on how to give this life our all."-Bob Goff, New York Times bestselling author of Love Does, Everybody Always, and Dream Big

"Rarely do we enjoy the act of taking a long, hard look at the person we see reflected back at us in the mirror-that is, unless we've actually done the heavy lifting of molding that person into someone we can be proud of, a person who has earned their stripes, who has done the work, and who has learned to embrace life and live it fully on their own terms, just as Mallory has shown us so beautifully how to do."-Jen Hatmaker, speaker, podcast host, and New York Times bestselling author of Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire

"A true inspiration for anyone who reads it . . . I've had the privilege of watching Mallory's story unfold over the years. I'm so proud she's finally sharing it with you all."-Shawn Johnson East, Olympic gold medalist and New York Times bestselling author of Winning Balance

"Living Fully is not a book you're going to be able to keep to yourself. Once you realize the transformative power Mallory Ervin has gifted us through her words, you're going to have to add her book to your default birthday and holiday gift list for people you love. I'm serious. Go ahead and order a few extra copies just in case."-Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, New York Times bestselling authors of The Home Edit

Readers Top Reviews

Cheryl Killion
This book was like Mallory was sitting there talking to me! I’ve been following her for years on social media and always looked up to her and loved her personality and positivity. I learned so much from her in this book and sent the link to friends to read too!
Mallory really is a talented author but also a genuine and amazing person who has learned life's valuable lessons she is sharing with all of us. HIGHLY recommend. Finished it in less than one day!!
Darcie Kimbro
I highly recommend this book! It is life changing in many ways. It has made me step back and reassess a few areas of my life and make some much needed changes.
Darcie Kimbro
Mallory’s rawness makes this book one of a kind, it isn’t a “look how amazing my life is” kind of book, is realistic and bold, Mallory keeps being true and real to herself in so many ways, I love that it isn’t an influencer book but more of a friend telling you a story kind of narrative and I absolutely love it. This book has blown me away, it’s super relatable in so many ways and it will also sucks you into Mallory’s story like if you were going through all of it with her. Anyone that wants a feel good book with a side of reality check should definitely check this out.. It is an auto-help book but with the feeling of you talking to your best friend kind of way, that os what makes it so special, all the stories and the close way of expressing herself that Mallory has. Overall I’ll be getting this book for the important people of my life because I want them to feel as good as I did when I read it. .
Darcie K
The book content is great! I’m almost finished after getting it in the mail yesterday afternoon. Absolutely amazing lessons. The only problem is that several of my pages (122-123,130-131, 138-139) are so faded that I am not able to read them. Just hoping I don’t miss too much!

Short Excerpt Teaser

Chapter 1

Amazing (G)Race

Losing is something I used to hate. I would recoil at the thought of coming in second or third-­anything but first. I would do anything not to lose a competition, a boyfriend, a board game, you name it. I would nearly die of overexertion, pushing myself beyond the point of just giving it my best shot. And I never lost . . . until I started losing everything.

In 2010, I was two years out of college and I had just lost Miss America. Barely-­I was runner-­up. Soon after, a casting person approached me and asked if I'd be interested in reality TV, specifically the show Survivor. I thought, I've been starving to death for this pageant for months, and I will literally die if I do Survivor. I graciously declined.

I thought about it a little more, and while I couldn't talk myself into the whole deserted island starvation thing, I did want a new, big goal. Before I could think another thought, the casting person called me back and asked me if I'd be interested in The Amazing Race instead. I stopped dead in my tracks; I was very interested in that show. In case you don't know, The Amazing Race is a popular reality TV show where two-­member teams competed against one another to win clues that led them on a race around the world for a $1 million prize. My dad and I had been watching it religiously for years. (We love it.) So, before I could even fully form the thought, I heard myself asking, "Do you think my dad could be my partner?" And that's how we ended up going on The Amazing Race the first time.

Near Misses

As the oldest of four children, one-­on-­one time with my dad was sacred to me, so I was thrilled at the prospect of getting to spend a lot of time with him on the show. My dad is a humble, salt of the earth type of man, and I'm, well, a little loud. And since the show's contestants narrate it-­there's no written script-­our differing personalities really stuck out on camera. The producers let us know that while we were filming, we needed to say everything we were thinking and then some, to let the audience in on what was going on in our heads. In order to be cast for the show, they had to see the balance in our banter and initially, there was a lot more of me and not quite enough of my dad.

"Um, if we can get about seventy-­five percent less of you and seventy-­five percent more of him, I think you'll have a shot of making it on" was the general sentiment. We took their direction; I didn't utter every thought I had, and my dad for the first time in his life seemed to vocalize what he was thinking versus just sitting back. We found our balance, and soon we were off and running . . . literally around the world.

We didn't have much time to train and prepare for that first season, but we did as much as we could in the few weeks we had. The two things that you could do to ensure some success were to get in good physical shape and to correctly pack your backpack. We got to bring one backpack each, filled with all the supplies and clothing we might need in a race around the world.

That means I had to pack into one bag all the gear I would need for bone-­chilling conditions at the top of a snowcapped mountain as well as for the hottest deserts on the planet. And I had to carry it all on my back. It's kind of like real life. You want to be prepared for every condition you could encounter but knowing that what you carry will weigh you down if it's too much. I've learned to always choose wisely what I carry with me.

I'll never forget my dad sawing off the ends of my Bobbi Brown makeup brushes in our garage with a handsaw. He didn't want me to weigh my pack down with makeup, but the few pieces he allowed required brushes. "Dad, those are good brushes. Why are you ruining them?" I yelled.

"Too heavy," he said without looking up, and continued. "Why is Whitney Houston's husband making makeup brushes anyway?" Ugh. Dads. Those two backpacks took us everywhere. Mine weighed 11.8 pounds, my dad's 22.7.

We started in England, where we competed against other teams in classic medieval competitions. We had to catapult watermelons toward targets, and one person was even hit square in the face. Side note: if you haven't seen this viral moment, Google "watermelon to the face Amazing Race."

Then we were on to Ghana, where we sold sunglasses as street vendors and learned a game alongside schoolchildren where we rolled a...