I am guessing that the author has built up her admirably large group of followers on her blog due to people being interested in her life. From what she feeds her family, to her vacations, to how she plans things out. Because that’s what we have here with this book – it really is all about her using her life as an inspiration to help you create a set of short term and long term goals. It’s all very nebulous, of course, because she doesn’t know your personal goals. But I was somehow expecting more images of the planning/vision boards rather than lots of text about herself and then some photographs of forms, quotes, and art and crafts items. I felt like I bought this book only to get a bunch of CR codes to go to her blog where I would print out a form and then fill it out or get nicely formatted inspirational quotes. Somehow, I expected the book to be both more personal (to me) and less personal (of her).
The book is broken down into four sections: Introduction, Define Your Dreams, Visualize Your End Game, Implement Planning Strategies.
The Introduction section is about understanding priorities, defining your best life, finding time, and setting you up for success. This section has a copious amount of neatly formatted “motivational quotes”, scrapbook style.
Define Your Dreams includes goals, manifesting your destiny, what is a vision board?, and encouragements at the end to do things like buying magazines and cutting out pictures that resonate with you and downloading quotes that make you smile. The author has even more nicely formatted ‘non cheesy’ quotes you can download from a CR code. Journaling and vision boards are heavily discussed here and, once again, you go to her website to see more examples (seeing a trend here?).
The next section is about implementing the goals. Set them, make a due date, create action items, track progress, checking in. There are examples in the book or again, you can download by going to the website for blank templates.
So here are the problems: most of the photos seem to be random – e.g., pictures of color pens, pom poms, and random inspiration quotes. There is a rainbow here of art items and motivational items but less on things like actual vision board examples. All examples are the author’s – so we see the same things over and over again. And then a lot of them look to be filler. A good example is a full page photo of a blank page, 6 color pens, two inspirational quote squares, and a random succulent plant. Just before that is a photograph of white space, 7 coloring pens, 5 colorful shredded paper, and three wooden cubes (stamps?) with quotes on them like “dream big” and “with love”. Later, there is a framed print of “Today is going to be amazing” next to two succulents, some stamps, and random objects only barely showing. You’re to use these to create vision boards – but I’m not sure what the succulent or the shredded paper is going to do? And who leaves a framed inspirational quote on a table? Everything felt random and lacking cohesion. And it felt like the same photograph over and over again, just changing a few variables. There was little variety.
Finally, most of the book felt like its purpose was to give some information and then to drive traffic to her blog. On the one hand, she doesn’t have an upsell there to the consumer, which is nice. On the other hand, she does depend on blog traffic for income so it felt a bit disingenuous to put so much of the book into going there. I appreciate additional resources and yes, it is definitely nice to have a quick one stop to download. I couldn’t test the download pages since they were unavailable at the time of this review, in advance of publishing. But for me, I wanted less of her and more of other examples – I wanted to see how others had used vision boards, how they looked, and what they were able to do with them. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.