This is a self-help, and like most self-help books, the core of the book is the author saying "This worked for me, and it can work for you too!". The core concepts are well-developed, although they aren't quite as universal as they are presented to be; the chapter on spirituality, in particular, may not appeal to everyone; the author is quite clear that she was raised in a church, with first her father and then her mother being pastors, and while she tries quite hard to be non-denominational, those of us who are not Christian may be better served by avoiding this chapter; fortunately, this volume is set up in a work-book format, and the author notes in the beginning that various pieces can be completed out of order.
If you are looking for a guide in improving your life, this is as good a place to start as any I've seen; however, not everyone is able to make the progress they desire with a self-help book, and that is true of this one as much as any. It's not really for me, but I can recognize that it is well done, and will be beneficial to many people.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This was an approach I had not read about before. I liked how Wells presented her findings and I will begin to put some of that into use in my own life. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC for the purpose of this review. Four stars!
This book came to me precisely at a time when I have been struggling with work-life balance, and I was immediately intrigued by the premise that there is another way to frame this: as work-life harmony. As a "free"lancer who works from home and has a hard time finding free days, even on weekends, two points really resonated with me: 1. I am trying to achieve a goal that assumes that work and life are clearly separate, when by the very nature of my home, they never are. 2. Balance can mean adding more responsibilities to de underveloped side to compensate for an overloaded side, this is just more overload. So the concept of replacing balance with harmony seems like a great starting point to set better, more achievable goals. This book is packed with perspectives like these that seem deceptively simple, but really got me thinking.
A wonderful book on elevating your life and your dreams without burning out. She has a 4-phase process and goes into deep detail about each one, with exercises, questions, charts, and principles, among many other tips and techniques. While the book is a lot about setting goals and has a fabulous approach to do so, it’s more than that. I enjoyed the “instant elevation” stories from other people, with her own stories and experiences throughout the book. A good book on helping you to build practices that help guide you either out of burnout, or prevent you from burning out, aligning with your goals, and living a harmonious elevated life authentic to you. Well-written, and I appreciate Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for allowing me to read and review.