Book Review: My Life Map

Ever wonder where you are headed or think hard about where you’ve been? Are you unsure of where your life might take you? Are you struggling to decide what you really want out of life, where you want to live, what you want to do for a living or how you want to spend your free time?

Does everyone tell you to find your passion in life? That the best course of action is finding a job you truly love. How many times have we heard Oprah say “it’s not work if you love what you do” and wondered why you can’t figure out what you want to do?

Kate and David Marshall, the authors of My Life Map, want to help shape your future. They’ve devised a workbook that steps you through a series of questions to help you narrow your focus and define your goals. This isn’t just about your career. It’s also about the people in your life, the places you should live, the service you want to impart on the world and how you want to learn and play.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and reflecting on its questions. The book begins by focusing on aspects of your past and present. You are asked to write down your strengths, the top ten significant events in your life thus far and the top five emotional highs and lows. You are even asked to grade yourself in various aspects of your life including work, love life, physical health and friends. After writing down the answers your goal is to search for patterns, themes and lessons. On one page you are asked to decide what aspects of your current life you want to keep and which you wish to change.

As you reflect on your past and present the book guides you through the process of creating ten year and whole life maps. I like that this book focuses on ALL aspects of your life. It isn’t just about the job you do, it’s also about the people in your life, the service you commit to the world and the way you spend your free time.

I know a couple of miserable folks who aren’t happy in their lives, but aren’t sure how to make things better. They know they are unhappy but they don’t know what they’d rather be doing. Unsure of where to turn they stay stuck in the exact same place day after day. I plan to lend my book to one particular family member. I hope it helps him reflect on his life and focus on a new path for the future.

To learn more about My Life Map visit the BlogHer book club.

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

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