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A Woman's Guide to Having It All, Life Lessons to Live By Paperback – March 1, 2012
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I am not typically a reader of self-help books, but when I finally closed the pages of Celia Ward-Wallace s A Woman s Guide to Having it All: Life Lessons to Live By I somehow felt stronger. With 30 life lessons divided into 30 chapters, there s a lot to learn from this certified life coach and inspirational speaker. Whether you are seeking a healthy relationship, a better job or just want to be lifted out of rock bottom, this book is full of ways to find balance. Not only a light and airy read, A Woman s Guide to Having it All is a source for your own journaling, documenting--basically a figuring it out guidebook. Perhaps the greatest source for learning comes within the blank lines at the end of each lesson where you can fill in your own thoughts. I, for one, felt Life Lessons 20 and 21 in particular spoke to me: You Teach Others How to Treat You and Ask for What you Want. Listing ways to spend a few hours taking care of myself really made me re-prioritize my life for the better. The book opened with Celia s own unique story. She details her upbringing as a white girl in a very diverse Los Angeles neighborhood. Her parents were organizers, supporting the labor movement and the people around them. Ultimately, it was the loving home where Celia was brought up and the appreciation and acceptance her parents showed for others that led her to a life of helping others herself. She went on to study intergroup conflict and prejudice as well as civil and women s rights at UCLA and the People s College of Law. After college, she spent several years directing a community center offering programs and services dedicated to helping people discover a better quality of life. Even when times weren t rosy in her own life, Celia pushed through, kept learning and took nothing for granted. If that s not being Made, I don t know what is. As you read the book it shifts focus further and further from Celia s life to the reader s own, as all self-help books should do. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the tidbits Celia shared about her own life to illustrate an example in each chapter. I felt I really got to know Celia by the end of the book. Her warmth radiates beyond the pages and her support of you and your own goals is genuine. The interplay between author and reader is what makes readers want to ultimately explore more and more about themselves. What did I learn about myself after completing this book? Sometimes it s ok to seek the help of another through the published word. This book is an easy read, not preachy and makes you feel like you are sitting down to chat with a good friend. Lesson learned, indeed! --Made Woman Magazine - Beth Livesay --Made Woman Magazine - Beth Livesay
Celia Ward-Wallace wants you to know something: When you were conceived, you already had already won the biggest race of your life you came into the world a winner, whole and full of greatness. Because of that, you can envision and create the life you want. She should know; she comes from a family of political activists and union organizers who wanted to change the world, and remembers her very first activist march at the age of nine. Si se puede! As might be expected with such progressive parents, Ward-Wallace had no hesitation when she fell in love with a man of a different race. Almost naively, it seems, she was surprised when guys at her husband s firehouse put him through a hazing in response to this fact. But nobody could anticipate they would cause him a permanent injury. Despite other setbacks, the couple stayed together and has created a strong family unit with their two daughters. Ward-Wallace used her considerable talents in building a coaching and public speaking business, and has a goal of empowering a million women through her work. This is not a person who thinks small! Her new book takes readers step-by-step through the most important life lesson of all, that a significant life is not measured by how successful you are, how much money you make, or how attractive you are, but by who you are. Each of the Life Lessons chapters in her book put another step into place. She offers wisdom followed by proactive questions, workbook style, designed to illuminate both obstacles and the suggestion of forward direction. If I had to pick my favorite, it would be this: My husband has no problem taking care of his needs...I have learned that, instead of being resentful with him for taking care of himself, I have to be more like him. Somehow many women have gotten the memo that they re supposed to be giving and doing all the time, but missed the memo about recharging their own batteries. Life is a journey, sometimes challenging and difficult. Ward-Wallace offers very specific guidelines for satisfying not just two or three, but all the significant areas (she calls them identities) of a woman's complex life, in order to create satisfaction and joy. It s good to have a map. --Whole Life Times Magazine - Abigail Lewis --Whole Life Times Magazine - Abigail Lewis
About the Author
Celia Ward-Wallace is a Certified Life Coach, an inspirational speaker and author of A Woman s Guide to Having It All, Life Lessons to Live By. Through her movement of Empowering Women Every Day Celia is on a mission to mobilize one million women to stand in their power, live a life of contribution and to manifest their greatness through her book, coaching programs, seminars and speaking engagements. As an entrepreneur, mother and wife Celia knows all too well the challenges women face to be everything to all people, often at the sacrifice of taking care of themselves. After significant financial and personal losses, Celia re-evaluated her life and reconnected with her purpose and spirituality. This led her to become certified as a Life Coach, a leader of self-development seminars and a key note speaker. Celia inspires women to remember the key to life is that they already have it all within themselves and by focusing on self-love they can create the fulfilling and purposeful lives that they desire. The daughter of life long political activists, she specialized in the study of intergroup conflict and prejudice as well as civil and women s rights while at UCLA and the People s College of Law. Due to her unique upbringing she has an affinity for all people of different cultures, religions, languages and socioeconomic backgrounds and celebrates difference as well as unity. She spent several years working in recreation and community services directing inner-city community centers. She has dedicated her life to social justice and helping people discover a better quality of life based on healing themselves with love not material abundance. Celia uses coaching tools and her gift of public speaking to share her journey in an effort to empower her audience to unveil their authentic selves and love them back to wholeness.
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Actually, I keep the book close to me to read it each time I need remember the principles to became enthusiastic about life and lift my soul.
It is a book that works like a mirror, where Celia, with a very light style, transmite us love, enthusiasm, energy and gratitude, the same way I had the privelege to feel when I attended a workshop leaded by her.
I strongly reccommend this book for all who needs inspirational moments in life.
Kyle Hara, CLTC, LTCP
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