- Paperback: 179 pages
- Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (April 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160037395X
- ISBN-13: 978-1600373954
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,696,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Woman's Field Guide to Exceptional Living: Practical Steps for Living a Big, Bold, Beautiful Life! Paperback – April 1, 2008
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"As I look back on my life, my juiciest memories come in waves when I revisit moments that I stretched myself, showed up with a burst of courage, tried on a new hat, stepped off the well-worn path, or set out in a new direction. Think about your most vivid memories.... " (page 7)
"When was the last time a stretch took you into new territory? It is ever so easy to find yourself in early retirement from your life...Those peak moments become few and far between and you wonder why life starts feeling flat. When you find yourself facing such a quandary, it is time to take action, pump some new blood into your veins, and seek out new vistas." (page 8)
It may be just a nugget, but it's a nugget that will serve me well this year-perhaps the most challenging professional year of my life. At an age where many of my friends are gearing down, I'm ramping up-- and spending much of my time in places far from my comfort zone. Sometimes, I feel sorry for myself, sometimes scared, sometimes elated, but never does my life feel flat. It helps knowing there is a downside to my comfort zone, and an upside to my frequent bouts of feeling like a stranger in a strange land.
Author Corrie Woods, offered me several of these nuggets. Although, on the whole, this book covers some familiar territory, some thought-provoking questions, comments, and journaling space make this book a good choice, especially if you're headed off for a little reflection time.
My only real complaint is that the insights are nugget size and I would have enjoyed a complete meal. Several of the chapters could definitely be expanded to cover more ground--maybe even an entire book. On the other hand, maybe that's the reason for all the journaling space.
Armchair Interviews says: A journal for your own life nuggets.
The book is devided into three sections: "Setting Your Inner Compass to Yes;" "Trailblazing the Experience;" and "Navigational Tools For Your Journey." Within each chapter are field notes that give advice for exceptional living. For example: "Banish the Bullies, each time you notice one pop up, transform your language!" The chapter titled "A Bold New Woman" deals with how to break away from a set routine. Woods suggest that one start with small steps to get outside one's comfort zone. Take some risks, such as signing up for a class or trying a new sport.
Woods gives us food for thought regarding opportunities that invite celebrations. In addition to typical ones such as birthdays or anniversaries, celebrate other milestones. These could be completing a major project, enjoying the first bloom of spring, or making an interesting new friend.
The activities the author suggests are numerous. Imagine having a framework on how to clear the clutter in your home. You might be surprised at what a difference it can make to your health and self-esteem. I know I could benefit from such a change.
This book may help you escape the daily grind and stress of your job or environment. Any chapter will guide you through a potentially life-changing adventure.
by Sharon Blumberg
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
With wit and wisdom, life coach Corrie Woods expertly guides us toward our truest selves. She helps us release old, self-limiting views and embrace new, empowering ones. She also invites us to play and celebrate ourselves as we are--nary an agenda or "should" in sight--a pleasure something harried women today rarely allow themselves.
Perhaps what I appreciate the most about this book is its practicality. Like a seasoned field guide herself, Corrie takes our hand and actually shows us, step-by-step, how to become more self-accepting or peaceful or empowered. She does so through brief vignettes and practical exercises (visualizations, journaling prompts, and playful explorations)--ideal methods for doing the "work of self" without being cumbersome or overbearing. Corrie makes personal growth fun, a rare find in books of this genre today.
I highly recommend The Woman's Field Guide to Exceptional Living to any woman who is ready to live the truth of who she is with passion and purpose.
Submitted by Janice Lynne Lundy, author, Your Truest Self: Embracing the Woman You Are Meant to Be. [...]