It helps to ask myself questions I'm usually too busy or disconnected to think about. I love the read but the book constantly references other parts of the book. Decidedly non-utilitarian, I found the book disconnected and disorienting--at first. My thanks to the author for helping me navigate my biggest challenge, figuring out what I want. She has devised a book full of tips, stories and prompts to help women to focus our needs and navigate our dreams. But this is not so much a book to read as a book to spring off from, and it's hard for me to really review it because of that. The questions are designed so you can go through every week or every day, as desired.
This book approaches organizing in a much more organic fashion. I order a kindle copy - but now I think I need to go back and order the hardcopy. Just not on point, exactly. It helps to ask myself questions I'm usually too busy or disconnected to think about. Apply: Take action — the ultimate goal! It looks very organized, but in fact you can approach it in your own non-organized, non-linear way. I felt free at last to let my desire flow, to stop blocking it with shoulds and impossibilities.
The results, and the stories of several of those women, are included. I raved to my Mom about it and she went out and bought one as well. So we turn to today's guidance, often in the form of books, to find out how to come home to ourselves. What has happened to create a need for us to seek answers through various devices and advice gurus? I bought this book as a present to myself. South of Regret we loosen our jaws, lean our shoulders away from our ears, let our eyes turn upwards.
Having this book is almost like signing up for private coaching with Jennifer. We join hands and listen for the whispers of how we each make a difference. It's entertaining, useful, practical, fun, and beautiful. I raved to my Mom about it and she went out and bought one as well. As my daughter nears college age, this desire began looming again, creating no end of frustration and self-bashing for wanting something that was impossible. Each week consists of a two-page spread that will guide you through various aspects of your life. Stories accompanying each section show how other women have used the organizer to make a time for inner play and for finding the soul's purpose.
You can't direct your life based on gut feelings. It's set up differently than a standard book with some text in the beginning very insightful and then weekly pages to maintain your focus. Then you need to place your life planner where you have easy access to it, by your bed, or alongside your date book. Hearing similar challenges and ideas for solutions has been so helpful. The Life Organizer offers a new way for creative-types to set directions in their lives, while recognizing that the answers we need are inside our hearts already. It was like a huge weight falling off my shoulders.
How would you feel without that stressful thought? It will become your trusted companion? Essentially the Life Planner procress is based on 5 steps: Connect, Feel, Inquire, Allow, Apply and 6 concepts: Intention, Desire, Shadow Comforts and Time Monsters, Life Insights, Minimum requirements for self care and Story. But isn't there more to life than just giving to others? Finally, I love the personal touches. We've become so goal-oriented we can't even listen to our own intuition. I had no interest in it prior to that because the title really did nothing for me. Not so with Jennifer Louden's awesome book. The questions are designed so you can go through every week or every day, as desired. I was even able to deal with conflicting emotions surrounding a romance.
What is most important of all is that it awakens your creativity and helps you balance social and family obligations with the right amount of time for your own body and soul. Oh, by the way, I virtually never write book reviews, but this time it felt mandatory. However, the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. Each week, on a two-page spread, there is space for writing your intention. Also what helped was writing into my own journal and not into the book.
This very unusual book is not linear and takes some getting used to, but it's a powerful tool. Also, the combination of practicality and inspiration is just right; and the interactive sections aren't just exercises-for-the-sake-of-exercises: Jennifer's questions are fresh and probing, and the answers to them really give insights into what's going on in the reader's life. Fifty-two two-page spreads, one for each week of the year, include prompts for goal-setting and soul exploration. . I especially appreciated the personal stories and illustrations from other women lives. For example, chatting on a message board may be energizing, or it may be a tactic to avoid talking to your partner.
This book will be my constant companion for some time to come! Designed in a weekly sense, this book allows for daily writing or as a template to create your own journal using the traditional methods or the latest in high-tech blogging. With a collection of weekly soul-searching questions, you will explore your deepest needs and desires. Louden's book distills and clarifies profound questions I didn't previously know I had. There are many opportunities to get clear on the priorities that will fill you up, and, as I have been using her '5 steps' for organizing life, I find that I am more productive, and more fulfilled, because I am able to allow my intuition and apply it's wisdom in the moment. Jennifer gives you permission to plan around your intuition, your dreams, your feelings. It is set up to be used weekly in some ways, but you can do a question a day, or a question a week and take as little or as long as you need, skip questions, spend more time on them etc.
You can also go through by mood -- if you're feeling sad, or concerned about finances, there are stories and questions associated with those feelings that can help you work through them. If you are the kind of woman who loves to meditate, reflect upon, plan for, and journal about your life — The Life Organizer was designed with you in mind! Can you know that it's true? North of Hello we gather the courage for the doing. First off, it's beautiful---a pleasure to have on my nightstand and a book I'm eager to give as a gift to every hard-working woman what other kind are there? Fifty-two two-page spreads, one for each week of the year, include prompts for goal-setting and soul exploration. This book can be used in so many ways: pick it up at random and you'll find a pithy quote you can ruminate on for hours. This particular edition is in a Hardcover format. It seems to me that there must be some kind of middle ground between the extremes of obsessive self-inquiry during our already busy lives, and giving ourselves the gift of a spa retreat with bodywork, meditation, yoga practice and healthful vegetarian cuisine. The stories of many different women on different topics is so encouraging when I am feeling like I cant handle a particular challenge or task.