Design Your Life

How to Create a Meaningful Life, Advance Your Career and Live Your Dreams

Non-Fiction - Occupational
150 Pages
Reviewed on 08/16/2014
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Reviewed by Suzanne Cowles for Readers' Favorite

Design Your Life: How to Create a Meaningful Life, Advance Your Career, and Live Your Dreams by Cornelia Shipley is an inspiring treatise about aligning careers with passion. This book will help the reader get unstuck, develop a personal road map and write life rules that really work. It is never too late to rediscover yourself and make a positive contribution to society, while finding eternal meaning and happiness. With a commitment to change, a will to do what it takes and the courage to be a leader, Shipley guides a tepid maze using designed action exercises noting thoughts and feelings and real world client examples. These invaluable tools will help quiet the noise around you. Writing in an engaging way, Shipley encourages self-reflection to take inventory and build a solid foundation. The concise book examines the definition of success, developing a personal identity, establishing boundaries and the importance of rewards for achieved goals.

While reading this self-help manual, I was struck by the importance of keeping a positive mind-set and silencing the inner critic. It also motivated me to eliminate the things that I tolerate and negotiate a change. That is the first step in creating a life that works. By working on a life plan one day at a time, I was able to focus my attention and take action for successful habits. Cornelia Shipley in Design Your Life: How to Create a Meaningful Life, Advance Your Career and Live Your Dreams both inspires and challenges professional development and a balance of service to others to enjoy the journey of life while defining our own roles.