Thursday, November 15, 2012

BlogHer Book Club Book Review: "My Life Map: A Journal to Help You Shape Your Future"

On Thanksgiving it will be two years since I put together what I then called My Life Map.  I was in the midst of trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I "grew-up" and gave myself three options to explore.

As you might imagine, it seemed very appropriate when I recently got the opportunity to review the book, My Life Map: A Journal to Help You Shape Your Future by Kate Marshall and Dave Marshall.  

Unlike my "life map" project 2 years ago, this books provides individuals a more structured and thoughtful way to approach planning for the future... and even though I am less of a planner than I once was I still feel as though it never hurts to lay some sort of foundation for the future.

The first think I feel is important to note about this book is that it is not a traditional book.  As the title reflects, it is a journal.  The majority of the pages have spaces for the reader to write down their thoughts, feelings and aspirations.  I liked this.  Though some people could put something similar together, I liked the format Kate and David developed.

One thing that caught me off guard was that the program requires you to look back in order to plan to move forward.  I say this caught me off guard because I feel we are often told not to focus on the past and to only look at our present and future.  Also, for some looking back can be an emotional challenge they don't want to taken on.

Overall, I liked this program and can see where it would provide value to a person.  I don't know that it should be the sole structure for someone, but it is surely a useful tool.  The thing I liked the most about it was that it is a tool for people of any age.  Whether you're in your 20s just starting out or in your 50s starting over yet again this journal can be a good framework to use to get started with putting together goals you wish to achieve.

Lastly, I want to say that this is not a journal you can complete in just a couple of hours.  It takes time to really go through the steps which personally I think is a good idea since this is your future you're planning for.

Interested in learning more about the book, My Life Map: A Journal to Help You Shape Your Future?  Join the BlogHer Book Club discussion!

Disclosure: This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.  

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