UNSTUCK by Vicki Todd


One Heroine's Journey of Art and the Courage to Live on Purpose
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Todd’s autobiographical, motivational book provides a short guide to finding the right vocation in life.

The author begins with a quote from Deepak Chopra: “If you could be anything in life, no fear, no obstacles, what would that be?” The author’s answer is simple: she would be an artist. And while that answer seems simple enough, Todd goes on to outline how getting to such a position has been a lifelong process. From living four-plus years as a nonworking wife to earning a doctorate and teaching at the college level, her path to following her dream has not been a direct or easy one. As she explains, “I’ve discovered that once you’ve realized your Purpose in life and who your True Self is supposed to be, it’s really difficult to ignore that little voice inside your heart always urging and pulling you toward your life’s Path.” Combining her paintings and text from corresponding life events, the author reveals the ways she has tried, and sometimes failed, to shape her life the way she wanted it. The paintings tend to feature women with long gazes, such as “Inner Beauty Blooming,” which shows a bright pink flower with a female face at the center of the petals. Such pictures, although a little obvious in terms of their message, give the book a unique angle on the realizing-your-purpose genre. A late chapter concludes with words of encouragement: “Expect miracles to occur when you say YES! to living your Purpose.” The entire affair is brief (fewer than a hundred pages) and full of such optimism. A worksheet at the end allows readers to more thoroughly examine their own paths. The cheerfulness is contagious if simplistic.

Sunny motivational fare. 

Pub Date: Jan. 27th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5043-4763-1
Page count: 54pp
Publisher: BalboaPress
Program: Kirkus Indie
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