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Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  515 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Internationally recognized coach and New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Richardson has toured the world empowering others to make lasting change. But when Richardson’s own life no longer worked as it once had, a persistent, inner voice offered unmistakable guidance: it was time to reevaluate her life to uncover what really mattered.

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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 19th 2017 by HarperOne
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Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
liked this book better than I expected... some of her coaching books are not a great fit for my worldview. a fairly quick read. There were aspects of her internal dialogue that do resonate with my current journey, however there was an aspect of privilege that was off putting, and it did indeed at times have a contrived feel, that self-consciousness that she herself admits to of knowing the "journal" was ultimately for public consumption. I think that this book will certainly be popular with thos ...more
Claudia Silk
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Extremely disappointing. I have read her books in the past and have always come away with something which is why I even finished this book.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'll admit I picked up Cheryl Richardson's personal development book, Waking Up in Winter because of the subtitle. She calls it "In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife." I always discover something when I read a self-development book. In this case, I learned I'm much further along than the author is. To be fair, I'm ten years older than she is, too.

Richardson is a personal coach and author, known for working with Oprah. She works in the self-help field, working in the mind-body-spirit field
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, biographical
Turning 40 was some kind of a wake-up call for me to reexamine my life from within. And I have been doing so much soul-searching within the past year or more it's been exhausting but I have managed in the course of the year to define certain things that were undefined for decades. I know what I want, where I want to be, what my true priorities are and of course, I know what I don't want anymore. I am a work in progress still, but I feel like I have made so many breakthroughs.
I even took up jour
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was feeling really unsettled when I started reading this book. The book steadied me a little. Before reading an ad for this book, I had never heard of this author. In this book Cheryl gives you a true glimpse into her life. A life that is not much different from yours or mine. Cheryl shares her discoveries on how she centered her life. Some of her ideas I might try to assist myself in finding center. The book was an everyday person telling her story in a very straight forward way. I took away ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Insightful * Empowering * I was struck by many truths that resonated in my soul. I don't believe it was a coincidence that this book found it's way to me when it did.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is not usually the type of book I pick up, but it was recommended to me by a friend. It was painful. It was like reading the journal of a really cheesy friend complaining about stuff and then being really grateful about other stuff. It was all "universe" and truth and beauty and maybe I'm way too cynical to enjoy the present moment.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Richardson writes this book in the guise of a journal over a winter. She shares what she has learned about herself over this time. The journal entries didn’t really work for me. I felt as much lectured to as listening in on private thoughts. Very little grabbed me in this book.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
A self-help luminary searches for her own light.

Middle age is weird. You're not young, but you're not old. You're busy as hell, that's for damn sure. Everything seems like a mess. Alchemically, this is the part of your life when everything starts to break down, and you literally become somebody else on the other side of it. It's messy and painful, and it's very much a "top of Maslow's hierarchy of needs" type problem: if you're white and middle-class, and/or not struggling to meet survival needs
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I just couldn’t. It’s a journal. And while I appreciate that folks who are quite privileged experience lots of problems and want to grow personally/emotionally/spiritually, I just couldn’t get to a place of caring about her complaining that she’s traveling too much and traveling too much without her husband. Like, I’m glad she figured out she’s happier when he comes too...but I don’t really care and cannot read an entire book about it.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I felt like this was more self-indulgent than inspiring. Was hoping for more.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 rounded up. In this book, Cheryl Richardson talks about reaching midlife, a time she calls winter, and reflecting on your past and the decisions you've made, deciding what's most important to you, and setting intentions for how you want to live your live. She cites finding Journal of a Solitude by May Sartin as a key influence on her desire to keep a journal and its benefits as comforter and connection. Waking up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife takes the form of jour ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
I've never read her work before but it seemed like she was having a hard time coming up with a new book idea so she published her "journal" from the last year. Her biggest problems were that she was tired of traveling and missed her cat! I wish I had those problems! I didn't get any life changing or even thought provoking take-aways from this book. Reading it was a waste of time.
Mary Kenyon
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I started reading this book in early afternoon, before sitting down to write a letter to a good friend. "You have to read this book I'm enjoying~ there is so much we can both relate to," I'd written. I'd experienced much of the angst and emotions of the author, who I wished was my friend. I could imagine sitting down with her for a chat over a cup of coffee, if both of us made the time for such a visit in our busy lives, that is. Later in the afternoon, reading further, I picked up the letter I' ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
OK, I have to start by saying that I love Cheryl Richardson. I’ve been reading her books since college, and I attended a weekend retreat with her the summer before last. I love the picture she paints of the life you can have. I’ve not achieved that life, but I keep reading the books, anyway! Her latest book is completely different, but it doesn’t disappoint. Written in journal form, Cheryl looks at her daily life and how her needs and desires have changed as she has entered her fifth decade in t ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Cheryl writes it like a diary, which I can appreciate since I myself love journaling. She discusses the pull between living life quickly and slowing down to feed her soul. Shw discusses purpose, passion, and self-care. It was perfect for this time in my life!
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this one and there were quite a few thoughts expressed that struck a chord with me. Still, for some reason it was just okay.
Herman Plasmans
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books that I have ever read
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful read!!! I really enjoyed following the journey to self discovery. It resonated with things that I, myself, am dealing with during this season in my life so it really touched me. I definitely recommend it and I will have to read other books by Cheryl Richardson soon as well.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ugh. I despise giving books below a three star. Only because I really do believe writing books is hard. Writing books from the memoir kind of genre, even deserves more from the start. So I was waiting and waiting for any strong revelations to come through on this journey for her. And it showed up on a feed of another writer I enjoy Kris Carr. Which after reading this I understand that Hay House is a family and they support each other in and out of the office so to speak. I could just not relate ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Let me save you a lot of time - skip right to the end for the questions she suggests you ask yourself; it's the only part of the book worth anything. These are questions you can benefit from asking yourself at any point in your life.

I listened to the audio version from the library; it was narrated by the author in a flat, lifeless-sounding voice. The journal entries are self-indulgent, privileged drivel that leave the impression that the writer has only just now, at 50, realized there are hard t
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a book comes into your life exactly when you need it. This is one of those books for me. So much of what the author wrote resonated with me, particularly “this time of healing and renewal is justified” and “living in limbo is necessary.” I am going to trust the process and keep the faith that my “meandering does have a purpose.”
Diane B
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
The title seems a bit misplaced... midlife seems a bit early to proclaim a winter season.

I am previously familiar with writings from this self-help guru in the pages of Oprah's magazine. Richardson gives generally good guidance as a life coach. I was able to both read and listen to this book courtesy of the Toronto Public Library Overdrive collection.

The journal is a month by month recording of thoughts from the coach's personal change and transformation journey. It was interesting to learn abo
Diane Dachota
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I've been a long time fan of Cheryl Richardson and have enjoyed her previous books on self-care. I was looking forward to this semi-memoir because I am in the same age group and thought it would give me some useful information on making the best of my life at this point. It is a journal of a time in Cheryl's life when she was getting frustrated with constant travel and work and wanted to settle down a bit in her beautiful home and watch nature.

The journal is written at a bit of remove though (th
Kathleen Sams
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book quickly and took some notes. The questions at the end will be helpful to me. The "journal" did not always feel authentic. As some other reviewers noted, it seemed like the author wrote the journal knowing that she would publish it. I had some trouble with the author's complaints about her life. She feels that she works too hard and travels too much. I had never heard of this author before finding her book at the library, but she seems to have the financial security to stop worki ...more
Elyse P
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
A long time Cheryl Richardson fan, I own every book she's written up until now. (This is a library loan). At first I wasn't sure how I felt about Cheryl publishing a memoir instead of a self-help book, which I have enjoyed immensely and received lots of gems of wisdom from. However, I did like the book overall.

it was interesting to read about her process of self-examination, introspection, and challenging herself to change things that were no longer working for her. As someone who believed Cher
Terri Mead
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book as part of my research for my book and actually ended up liking this book a great deal. Initially I didn't like it because it felt too much like she was working hard to get points across and share her personal story. It felt too forced. I didn't care that much about her personal story (I hadn't heard of her before) to begin with but over time I did start to like her and care about her journey. She got a little too woo woo at one point but that's her journey. The entries became b ...more
Lynne Dougherty
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have followed Cheryl Richardson since I saw her on Oprah in the late 90s. I attended her first Retreat at the Sea in Maine in Spring, 2016. Her Dad passed away a few days before my Dad and I found great comfort and insight in her sharing her journey of her loss. Cheryl is like a compass for me- when I get a little off track, not sure which way to go, etc I re-read one of her books or maybe just a chapter, listen closer to her weekly Facebook chat or re-read a blog I have saved.
Her newest book
Elyse P
A long time Cheryl Richardson fan, I own every book she's written up until now (this is a library loan.) At first I wasn't sure how I felt about Cheryl publishing memoir instead of self-help, a genre that she wrote incredibly well. However, I enjoyed the book. It was interesting to read about her process of self-examination, questioning her priorities, living an authentic life, and challenging herself to change things that were no longer working for her. As someone who believed Cheryl has all th ...more
Jeanine Cooper
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book resonated with me in so many ways, putting words to an inner search didn't realize was playing out in my life. Cheryl Richardson delivers her memoir with such profound insight that I often felt she was talking to and about me. "The role of lone ranger is a familiar one for me, a firstborn child with a legacy of sucking it up and dealing with difficult feelings on my own." Yes, indeed. Waking up in Winter is a spiritual journey that I am grateful to have read. When your soul
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Cheryl Richardson is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of several books including: Take Time for Your Life, Life Makeovers, Stand Up for Your Life, The Unmistakable Touch of Grace, The Art of Extreme Self Care, You Can Create an Exceptional Life (with Louise Hay), and her new book, Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife. Her work has been covered widely in the media ...more
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