Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Renaissance Soul

Thanks to the lovely Michelle of WhenIGrowUp Coach (I won her giveaway!!), I was able to read The Renaissance Soul, last week. I LOVED it!!! I figured I would, but I really did exceed my expectations!

For those of you who don't know, The Renaissance Soul is a life-design strategy book for people who have multiple and often disparate interests. It gives both practical career advice, time-management tips, and life-style suggestions. But this book is more than just its pearls of wisdom and relevant advice. It strives to help people who have felt somewhat different and forgotten for most of their lives to find their joy and to finally feel accepted. She has even created a yahoo! group (check it out!) to create a community for Renaissance Souls to connect.

This book was also helpful because it didn't prescribe a singular path. Rather, she outlines multiple options for ways that Renaissance Souls can navigate their jobs, interests, and other commitments in a realistic, but fulfilling manner. Helpful and insightful exercises are provided throughout to guide the reader through the process.

Refuse to Choose, by Barbara Sher, addresses mostly the same issues, but approaches them in slightly different ways. I read it a few years ago and found it to be very helpful. I adopted the binder system for many of of my hobbies and interests. For me, I think these two books worked well with one another. I'd like to read Sher's book again to refresh my memory and then work with both books to put together a plan.

Thank you Michelle for the book!! Has anyone else read it? Or Barbara Sher's book? Thoughts?

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