Thursday, November 12, 2015
When this book arrived in the mail, I was eager to get started.
Presented in a simple, easy to understand manner, the book is filled with illustrations and spaces to record your own progress.
Designing your life (or maybe RE-designing) is accomplished in 8 steps. It begins with a "warm up" of your right brain, where you do a simple drawing. From there you go onto a more detail oriented study of your life, which entails "deconstruction". This is basically listing any and all things that your life entails; friends/family/work/children/movies/art/volunteering, etc. The list is endless, and yours alone.
The book goes onto to lead you on a search for what/who inspires your life, then asks you to shift your point of view from your present life to your future life. At that point, you begin REconstructing your life; picking and choosing from that list you made to deconstruct, and possibly adding new things to the list.
At this point you will have created a whole new design for your life. The book is filled with ample space, and suggestions/prompts that will help you flesh out this new design, and give it EXPRESSION. This is accomplished through creative means of drawing, poetry, creating vision maps and such.
Exercises for deconstruction and reconstruction are presented throughout the book, as this would ideally become something you do on a regular basis.
It is not easy work. It pushes you outside your comfort zone, perhaps. But it is worthwhile if it triggers some shift in you to begin building a more meaningful and purposeful life.
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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.