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Burlesque or Bust: Bringing my Mental Health to Heel (The Inspirational Series) Paperback – 1 Oct 2018
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About the Author
Sapphira is a heart-centered Australian burlesque entrepreneur, singer/songwriter and teacher who believes in positivity. Following her recovery from a severe mental illness twenty years ago she founded Sapphira's Showgirls, an academy that empowers women through self-expression and supports several charities with her fundraiser #BurlesqueAPeel. She is the founder of the Ibiza Burlesque Festival and offers sound healing sessions as a certified Soul Voice Practitioner. Sapphira is preparing to release her first album 'Mistress', produced by her husband, Tonestepa and writing her first poetry book, 'Soliloquy', illustrated by Sir Charles Billich.
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From the moment I read the blurb I knew Priscilla's story was going to be intriguing, empowering, and a little bit heartbreaking. I finished it with a deep sense of secondhand pride for her and all she has accomplished, for her determination and positivity, and for being so open with her story and her feelings.
Priscilla writes vividly and the way she describes the depths of her emotions and anxiety had me really empathising with her from the start. I continually found myself amazed at her determination in discovering herself and developing her self expression. It really made me think about how creativity can be healing mentally. I particularly connected with her musical journey, and the way she describes the power and release she feels when singing and song writing. There were many sad moments, but also a lot of funny moments (particularly her costume mishaps, and slight obsession with Richard Branson) and inspiring ones too.
Overall, if you're thinking about reading this book, for whatever reason, do it! Her openness and honesty about her struggle with mental illness, and the way she overcame it really made me feel like my mindset and attitude had changed by the time I finished it. It was so inspiring to see her master her emotions and see how supportive the other people in her life were when she talked freely about what she was going through. Her mission to share her sparkle has certainly worked on me.
She is the one who wants the story to be told.
She is the one who calls the shots.
She is my alter-ego, and she has a different name.
Her name is Sapphira.
And she must be obeyed."
Those lines gave me goosebumps, and right there and then I knew I'd love this book.
Burlesque or Bust is first and foremost a tale of success. Priscilla is raised in a strict Christian environment and finds it hard to really be herself when everything she loves seems forbidden. She breaks the mould and tries to reclaim all that she has suppressed within herself by following her dreams to become a singer. After a bipolar episode sees her hospitalised, she decides to follow in Kyle's footsteps by moving from Australia to England to break London. And there, she discovers Burlesque.
Burlesque or Bust is so fabulous in every sense of the word: well-written, funny, touching, and most of all, it is inspiring. Priscilla's drive and energy shine through her words, and her transformation into Sapphira is absolutely a delight to behold. Five well-deserved stars!