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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461057973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461057970
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,256,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Wendy Naarup is an adversity expert and proclaimed “work in progress” who's living life one mistake at a time. She's a summa cum laude college graduate who spent many years in corporate america before shifting her focus to writing, speaking, and consulting. She speaks to high school and college students, women’s groups, and advocacy groups about being centered, about loving the gift of their own unique lives, and about becoming the best possible version of themselves. She believes that the adversity we face in life can ultimately make us better people. Wendy’s a competitive triathlete, winning her age group at Ironman Wisconsin in 2007. She went on to compete in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii in 2008. It was the journey to those events that gave her perspective and helped transform her life. She's also a PEO who volunteers at a sexual assault crisis center and serves on the board of directors for the Wisconsin chapter of the National Speakers Association. However, more important than anything else in Wendy's life is the great privilege of mothering her three children.

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Wendy Naarup is the mom of three kids you'd love to meet. She's a motivational speaker, an Ironman age group champion, an author and a survivor.

At fifteen, she survived a rape but didn't tell anyone, hoping to avoid the shame and judgment that would follow. Consequently for 35 years, she traveled through life feeling like a victim.

Don't do that!

You are defined, not by the challenges you face, but by how you face those challenges. With compassion and humor, her books take you from victim to champion in every aspect of your life.

Wendy has written a memoir, WAKE UP! TRAVELING FROM GOOD ENOUGH TO GREAT. She's excited to have a YA novel that addresses teen bullying and suicide scheduled for release in December.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joan M Ek on September 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
When I picked up the book, I somehow knew that I would be reading it cover-to-cover in one sitting. It is one of the most touching and honest books I've read in some time. With Ms. Naarup's conversational style of writing, it felt as if she was sitting beside me telling her story from her heart, in a very cathartic manner. There were many parts I could relate to: I saw myself, my daughter, the daughters of friends, and even my own mother in certain places. I'm sure many other readers will be able to relate to the challenges Naarup faced, her insight into why such circumstances happened, and the wisdom she gained which allowed her to ultimately take back control of her destiny. I would highly recommended it to male and female readers of all ages, and look forward to future works by the author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glenda Watson Hyatt on October 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Wake Up! is Wendy's incredible story of overcoming adversity and becoming the happy, successful person she was meant to be. I cried, laughed and cheered. If you are living on auto-pilot, grab your Kleenex and be prepared to be awakened.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tomaszet on November 5, 2012
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I was really looking for some motivation in my life. Any form of help to get myself in motion and keep myself there. I'm lucky enough to attend the pilates session Wendy instructs. During one of her sessions she mentioned her book. I always feel great about myself after leaving a session with Wendy so I figured her book had to be just as good. It was more than I could have hoped for. It helped me put my life into perspective and helped me initiate the change in my lifestyle I was looking for, both physically and mentally. I recommend this book for EVERYONE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becca Chopra VINE VOICE on October 23, 2012
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Author Wendy Naarup experienced a tragic assault as a teenager that turned her into a "people pleaser" and kept her from an authentic life, until she learned to embrace the whole - both good and bad - in order to be great, really great.

In her memoir, Wake Up!, Wendy shares how it's the challenges in life that make it meaningful. And she offers great advice on taking care of your SELF, forgiving yourself as well as others, and following three golden rules that she learned from her parents, and uses to be the best parent she can be: 1) Treat everyone with respect, 2) Do your best, and 3) Do the right thing just because it's the right thing to do.

Training and succeeding in being a triathlete helped Wendy build her self-esteem and take back the driver's seat in her life. "Life is full of joy when you're in charge of the journey," she writes. She began to to look at life as a gift and knew it was her responsibility to take care of that gift.

In this book, she gifts the reader with many empowering messages to help guide them in believing in themselves, surrounding themselves with the right kind of friends, and most of all, appreciating the gift of their own unique life. We are supposed to live GREAT lives, with both passion and humility, writes the author, and she shows us - through her own unique journey - how to accomplish this.

Becca Chopra, author of Chakra Secrets
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