On November 6, a new book was released called My Life Map – A Journal to Help You Shape Your Future by Kate and David Marshall via Gotham Books. I have just finished reading the book and here are my thoughts.
Have you ever heard of a life map? I had no idea what a life map was until I read this book. According to the authors of this book, Kate and David Marshall, the purpose of life mapping is to help you live a more meaningful and fulfilled life. No matter what your age or where you are in your life, you probably have had certain dreams, goals and aspirations. Putting them in writing or mapping them out can help you visualize them. It is their claim that life mapping with intention and purpose can also increase the chances that you will achieve your future goals.
The book gives examples of Whole Life Maps for people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 60s. These go to show that you can literally start a life map no matter how old you are or where you are on your life journey. Reading through these examples will definitely help you craft your own life map. As I was doing mine, I kept looking back through the examples for ideas and guidance.
Aside from the Whole Life Map, there are several other life maps within this book. There are 10-year subject maps for Family, Friends, Learning, Work, Service, and Playing. The Whole Life Map goes from your birth all the way to your death. I completed all of the maps, but you don’t have to. The Marshalls recommend starting with whatever map you think would be most beneficial to you. Different people prefer different maps. I did them all just to see what it was like and so I could give you a thorough review of the book. I found the Whole Life Map to be more difficult to complete than the 10-year Map. It was easier to visualize where you want to be in 10 years rather than it is to visualize where you will be in say 50 years.
My Life Map asks you questions and gives you space to answer within the book, although you can also write your answers in a separate notebook if you need more space. The questions are designed to get you thinking about your past, present, and future. This book really does get you thinking. The whole thing seems like an activity that you can tailor to meet your own needs.
After you finish filling out your maps, the last section of the book encourages you to move forward in reaching the goals that you wrote down in your life map. This is a new type of book for me and I feel like this might be something that would be most helpful for someone facing a big change in their life; such as a new grad, or maybe after a divorce. I also think it would be helpful to do with a therapist or counselor.
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