Friday, December 11, 2015

Book Review: Design The Life you Love

In this fast-paced and complex world, change happens quickly, one can get caught up in work, distracted by technology, and bogged down by banalities of everyday life. As we approach the end of the year, many people are focusing on how to make 2016 a year of happiness, focus, and achievement. Keeping in touch with one’s own values and goals is important to maintain balance, and taking the time to design your life is key to making 2016 the best year yet.

Ayse Birsel, author of Design the Life You Love, has hosted wildly successful workshops and speaking engagements for organizations including Nike and Adobe. Her approach to creating a meaningful and fulfilling life is interactive and highly creative.

Design the Life You Love uses a simple but proven method—applying creative thinking and the design process to one’s life—to give ordinary people new tools to think about life differently. Learn how to turn constraints into opportunities with optimism and holistic thinking using four simple steps: taking the whole apart, forming a new point of view, putting it back together, and giving it form. Ayse Birsel's hand-draw Hello Laura,n art and type set off her brilliant, life-changing design process, empowering and inspiring readers to create a better life.

My Thoughts

This is a very neat book.  I did a quick flip through and read a few of the pages of this and think this is a great gift for anyone. The beginning of the book talks about happiness, goals, focus. Once you reach the middle of the book, there are activities for you to do to help pull our your creativity and focus on the things you want to encourage.

Some of them are more intense then others, helping you learn more about yourself. I liked how interactive the book was and how it would work differently for every person who uses it. The book supplies pages for you to do the activities, so as the year goes on, you can flip through and look at the ideas you had, see what you've accomplished, and so on.

The book comes with a strap on it to help keep it closed, giving it that journal look to it. This will be a book that stays on my night stand with my journal, and be there when I need to reflect. I really liked the positive message that this book provided.