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Book Review: Smart Moves, by Tèa Angelos

NON-FICTION: A practical guide by the founder of Smart Women Society that you will come back to again and again to help you navigate every season of your life with confidence and ease.

A smart and helpful adulting guide for those who are still figuring it all out.

Feature image credit: Anna Angelos

Smart Women Society is an online education platform whose mission is to empower, educate, and inspire women to make smart life decisions. Through their social media accounts and website, they provide a safe space for women to learn, share, discuss, network, and make new like-minded friends. They’re well-known in the digital world for their signature ‘Game Plans’, events, and mentorship opportunities, as well as for their inspiring positive posts. Founder Téa Angelos began Smart Women Society as a passion project that would allow her to educate women by simplifying complex but important topics and making them digestible to a large audience. With nearly 130k followers on Instagram, the project is soaring, and the natural next step for Angelos was Smart Moves.

Intended as “the ultimate handbook for achieving your goals and transforming your life”, Smart Moves is a comprehensive guide to adulting. It covers a lot of ground, including finances, career, friendship and relationships, and wellbeing. The latter section involves guides and breakdowns on four topics that are particularly relevant to young adults in a society where comparing ourselves to our peers is a pillar of daily life: self-care, burnout, motivation, and productivity.

Angelos writes with a conversational yet concise voice, making all of the information within this book easy to digest and remember. It’s brimming with simple yet effective tips that seem like common sense but probably never occurred to you until they were pointed out. This book may seem especially heaven-sent for those in their early 20s who are still coming to terms with the adulting thing (which, let’s face it, many of us are still figuring out as we approach 30 and beyond!).

Trying to find and thrive in a career you love, save money, juggle the important people in your life, and still look after yourself is a universal struggle that is often overwhelming to people just at the dawn of adulthood — and this book takes the edge off. There are plenty of amazing books offering guides on money, career success, relationships, or personal happiness, but Smart Moves has answers for it all rather than deep-diving into one particular area.

With all bases covered, this book is a must for anyone who is so overwhelmed that they don’t even know where to start. Angelos covers the foundations of these important life areas while also offering useful tips, exercises, and plans so you can take the information and put it into practice to enact real changes.

The book includes a mixture of short paragraphs, lists, some longer passages, and helpful diagrams and infographics. This layout works well with the content, as there’s so much information here that readers will appreciate the bite-sized sections, clearly labelled with headings and subheadings. It also makes the book incredibly easy to navigate, as the author envisioned it as a handbook to keep coming back to, rather than one you read once and forget about. Not every chapter may be relevant to you at the time of reading, but it’s easy to go back and find what you need when you need it. In between the actionable tips are stories from members of the Smart Women Society, speaking on their experiences and sharing advice and struggles. Though reading a book is often a solitary exercise, these help to foster the sense of community that is so prevalent to the happiness and success of women.

If you are still figuring out life and have no idea what you’re doing, this book can help you to make smarter choices, find your path, and gain control of the most crucial areas of your life.

Reviewed by Vanessa Elle
Instagram: @vanessaellewrites

The views expressed in this review belong to the author and not Glam Adelaide, its affiliates, or employees.

Distributed by: Wiley
Released: March 2023
RRP: $32.95

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