I have met Shelley Wilson on a few occasions and found her to be one of the loveliest and most inspiring people around so when I heard she had out a new book, Motivate Me! Weekly Guidance for Happiness and Wellbeing, I simply had to buy a copy straight away as life has been getting the better of me this year. I have also interviewed Shelley so you can find out just what she’s like for yourself by reading that interview here.
Shelley’s latest self-help book, Motivate Me! Weekly Guidance for Happiness and Wellbeing, was published on 1st December 2016 by Zander, an imprint of BHC Press, and is available in ebook and paperback here.
Motivate Me! Weekly Guidance for Happiness and Wellbeing
Your weekly guide for happiness! Designed to give you a weekly boost of motivation, this sixty- four page guidebook will offer you a positive dose of inspiration throughout the year. Listen to your inner voice, pick a page, and then take meaning from the message you receive.
My Review of Motivate Me! Weekly Guidance for Happiness and Wellbeing
Motivate Me! Weekly Guidance for Happiness and Wellbeing is a booklet of 52 simple tasks to carry out that are achievable and motivating – one idea for each week or the year.
I chose to buy the paperback of this little book rather than the e-book and I’m so glad I did as one of its strengths is the lovely illustrations, many of which could be used as an adult colouring book so that there is an added dimension of distraction from the stresses of life without having read a word of the lovely ideas, prompts and instructions Shelley Wilson provides. And one of Shelley’s ideas is also built around doodling and colouring so her illustrations underpin her words perfectly.
Amongst the 52 ideas is a range of suggestions from physical ways to improve health such as drinking more water and eating different foods, to doing things both for yourself and for others. Shelley Wilson gives the reader permission to be themselves, to ask for help and to offer it to others. I really like the way these ideas are not presented in numbered pages, so the reader can simply pick a page at random and try an idea without the constraint of feeling you have to do things in a certain order. There’s also a lot of white space on each page which I feel helps present a calming and clarifying atmosphere. I can see myself adding annotations to the pages as a reminder of what I achieved using that prompt too so that there is a permanent record of my success for future motivation.
Motivate Me! Weekly Guidance for Happiness and Wellbeing isn’t a heavy tome of psychological weight, and the author herself describes it in her introduction as being partly for ‘entertainment’, but it does contain 52 ideas that, if you give them a try, could well make a positive difference to how you feel. I know I’m going to use it to start off my 2017 in the hope of a more relaxed and positive year next year and if nothing else, I’ll have some fun giving all the suggestions a go.
About Shelley Wilson
Shelley Wilson divides her writing time between motivational non-fiction for adults and the fantasy worlds of her young adult fiction.
Her non-fiction books combine lifestyle, motivation and self-help with a healthy dose of humour. She works in the Mind, Body, Spirit sector as a practitioner and tutor. Her approach to writing is to provide an uplifting insight into personal development and being the best you can be.
Shelley writes her Young Adult Fiction under ‘S.L Wilson’ and combines myth, legend and fairy tales with a side order of demonic chaos.
She was born in Yorkshire but raised in Solihull, UK, where she lives with her three children, a crazy kitten and a fat fish. She is an obsessive list maker, social media addict and a huge Game of Thrones fan.