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"Paula has written the quintessential manual for anyone who no longer wants to be a member of the 'ain't it awful' club." --Gail McMeekin, LICSW, bestselling author, The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women

"Whether you're working with a good therapist, on your own or in a study group, Living the Life You Love is a wonderful guide to self-transformation. I highly recommend this book to those who are serious about transforming their lives." --Mimi Lupin, MA, LPC, LSSP, founder, Making the World a Better Place Foundation

"The author uses terrific real-world examples to make her points. For those of us wanting something better and don't know how to get there, [this] would be an excellent first step." --Robin Cain, Scottsdale Examiner

A no-nonsense, get-to-the-point approach to real-life self-improvement that works. Living the Life You Love is the perfect prescription for self-transformation that will help you jump-start your joy and live a life you truly love. The 'transformation insights' at the end of each chapter are innovative and invaluable. -George Pratt, PhD, Code to Joy



"Renaye has created a concise, encyclopedic guide-cum-workbook that does the job of multiple existing titles, all while adding profound, useful insights and strategies... A self-help guide with real-world value and applicability ... deeply human, compassionate and supportive." --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review, Critics' Pick)

"All the benefits of serious therapy in one book! Reading this book is like getting therapy from a top-notch therapist who has the guts to tell it like it is and the compassion to help you face your issues squarely and do something about them.” -Amy Wood, PsyD, author, Life Your Way

"Paula has written the quintessential manual for anyone who no longer wants to be a member of 'the ain't it awful club.'!” -Gail McMeekin, LICSW, bestselling author, The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women

"Whether you're working with a good therapist, on your own or in a study group, Living the Life You Love is a wonderful guide to self-transformation. Like a friend who's cheering you on, supportive but firm, as she guides you on the path of self-discover

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How to Make the Life-Transforming Choices You Need
 
There's no doubt about it--life can be hard and we all have to face tough problems. But wishing your life were different won't make it so. To live the life you truly love takes deliberate, soul-searching work to discover what you really want, why you don't have it and how to go about getting it.
 
Award-winning author Paula Renaye is like a best friend who wraps her arm snugly around your shoulders and tells you like it is, even if it's a little uncomfortable for you. "Snap out of it. You are fabulous, and you can do this!" she says. Renaye gives you the reality check you've been waiting for and then shows you step by step exactly how to get out of your rut in a no-nonsense, tough-love way that actually works.
 
In this guided journey of self-discovery, you'll finally be able to tackle what's holding you back and make the life-transforming choices you need. You'll learn how to define your "dream life" and how to map out the action steps to achieve it. Simple, direct and engaging, Living the Life You Love: The No-Nonsense Guide to Total Transformation also includes:

  • Guided coaching sessions and personalized workbook sections
  • Practical self-insight exercises and self-care tools
  • Sanity-saving strategies for dealing with negative and "happily miserable" people
  • Techniques for neutralizing button pushers and releasing guilt
  • Instructions for creating effective vision scripts and vision boards
  • New ways to look at food, exercise and money that make healthy choices easy
  • A simple process for turning indecision and confusion into passionate action
 
This hands-on, cut-to-the-chase guide from a certified professional coach will help you stop procrastinating and start creating a life you will love. This is change you will enjoy.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Diomo Books (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967478693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967478692
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. D. Peterson on October 3, 2012
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This gutsy Texan not only tells you how to turn your life around, she has done it herself and won't let you NOT do the same. You'd do well to let her stand behind you as you become the person you always wanted to be. Even literary Kirkus Reviews gives her a thumbs-up!
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Well, if the picture you painted of how your life "would be" isn't quite what you wanted....well, forget Renoir, Raphael and Rembrandt .....meet the transformational artist -Renaye. She will give you all the tools and expertise to not only correct the flaws in your painting but she will help you transform your life on "canvas" to actually Living the Life You Love. Renaye has written an all inclusive book which is beyond just a book to be read. It is thought provoking, helps you to define for yourself your goals and limitations, and will give you information and tips for situations that- awakens the awareness factor in us all. An excellent collection of real life experiences- with bits of humor which make the book not only entertaining but you feel like it's written by a close friend who is standing by you as you begin your journey with a new beginning! EXCELLENT - definitely a "must" read! Living the Life You Love: The No-Nonsense Guide to Total Transformation
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Paula Renaye has put her heart, soul and personal life experiences into this book. Using her powerful communication skills she has created a living guide for those seeking refuge from the storm. The author, in a very matter-of-fact way challenges the reader to look within but that is not all this book is about. Ms. Renaye has organized Living the Life You Love in such a way that transforms your healing and growth into the life you dream of. If you are looking for strategies that will get you where you want to be, then this book will take you there but you need to courageously look at yourself and be honest. If you diligently work the exercises in this book, be prepared for an amazing transformation into the life you love.

Ray Erickson, author of Ten Tips to Tame Your Teen.
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As an evolving species, we humans are continually changing; and as a piece of God/Source/Creator, we have the power to re-mold ourselves and change our lives. That said, a nice guidebook never hurts, and this is a great one. This book is really a 269-page manual that maps out logical and extremely doable steps to help us live the lives we deserve to live. Living the Life You Love is a quintessential, therapeutic instruction guide for those of us who want to be HAPPY; and don't we all deserve to be happy? Of course we do, and as Paula says:
`To live the life you truly love takes deliberate, soul-searching work to discover what you really want, why you don't have it, and how to go about getting it.'
I'm not going to lie to you, this book is going to make you think; it will take you on a journey of self-discovery, and when you're finished, you will be very glad you picked it up. I know I was.
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I read the first incarnation of this book, under a different title, and I enjoyed it - it was a decent self-help book. But when Paula took on board the feedback to that book, and her growing self-awareness and wisdom, she ended up creating a much more satisfying, much more helpful guide to living a great life.

And that book is Living the Life You Love!, which I loved reading.

I'm not particularly a fan of self-help authors who seem to claim, via their book, that they have all the answers, that they no longer make mistakes etc. And, of course, Paula Renaye is not one of those types of authors: she knows her stuff, all right, but she never claims to be the finished article. She shares examples in her life where she still struggles, and she shares examples where she's successfully taken her life in a better direction.

It all boils down to taking personal responsibility for your life - no matter what sort of start you got given, or how some people treated you.

And it's definitely about taking responsibility for those times when, via not knowing any better or via the powerful act of denial, you treated someone badly too. Even if that someone is you.

And this is the message that Paula shares in her book.

Some sample words that sum things up nice nicely:

"Choosing the no-nonsense, tough love approach takes courage... it's not about beating yourself up over where you are in this moment... [Instead,] acknowledge the past, accept responsibility... and focus on making better choices now." -- Paula Renaye

To be honest, I rarely recommend that people read self-help books these days.
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By Ronald on December 12, 2012
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I know Paula Renaye from some previous dialogue, which in theory biases my comments. I suppose that would be true if it weren't for the fact that Paula does us a great service in Living the Life You Love...she challenges us... to face what's been holding us back. That's a gift because most works in this genre propose overly simplistic solutions. That's unfortunate since significant human development always begins with facing hard truths. And Paula calls us to that place...with kindness and compassion...but unflinchingly.

Then she provides practical self-discovery tools to move forward. If you're willing to do the work, this book lays out a path for tackling those intractable challenges that you might otherwise fail to overcome.

In the end, she tells us the truth based on her own experience. I can think of nothing more praiseworthy than that.

--Ron Chapman MSW, Facilitator, Coach and Speaker, Author of A Killer's Grace and Seeing True: Ninety Contemplations in Ninety Days
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