My Life Map: A Journal to Help You Shape Your Future

Title: My Life Map: A Journal to Help You Shape Your Future
Author: Kate and David Marshall
Published: November 6, 2012
ISBN: 978-1592407842
Acquired: from publisher, via BlogHer


If anyone needs help organizing their life, it’s me. Good Lord, it’s me.


Kate and David Marshall have set out to provide a book that helps readers lay out their past, present, and dreams in such a way that assists one in finding the way to happiness and fulfillment. So, in other words, sign me up!

This slim book is deceptive. When I took it out of the envelope, and saw how SMALL it was, I thought how is such a thing going to help me? My life needs more work than these few pages can provide, surely! However, the inside holds a lot more than I thought it did. I was expecting, well, preaching, like you get with most self-help books. The Marshall’s do not preach however. This self-help book is unlike any I’ve read before (not that I’ve read a bunch, so not really not much basis for comparison). This journal provides maps. (Hence the name, eh?) These maps help you “see” your life.”  There are maps for your past, for where you are now in the present, and maps for the future. Then, the Marshall’s help you take these maps and use them to “see” where you want to go.

I so desperately need to see where I want to go.

Obviously, it’s too early to say if these maps will help me. I haven’t had the book very long! Yet, as I’ve started filling it out, I can see the value in this. The Marshall’s ask you to look back at your life, to even the most mundane things, and remember what used to make you happy. To what fulfilled you. What you liked when you were in grade school, college, just starting out in life. Then they (supposedly, I haven’t gotten that far yet) help you find that in your life now and in the future.

That’s a pretty powerful thing. If you (and I) sit down and do it.


  • Well laid out
  • The ideas are inspiring


  • Have to stick with it


I think this would be a great gift for graduates, friends you know are struggling, and maybe even the most well put together. I’m going to keep going with it and see if it helps.

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book.