Book Review: From Depressed to Determined
We all need help sometimes. At 25, wanting to achieve personal success while wanting to be a great mom had its toll on me. I wanted to do both, so I don’t know which direction to take myself. I felt lost and demotivated. I’m not really a religious person, but I tried to ask God for guidance. Days after, I stumbled upon the book From Depressed to Determined by Viviene Bigornia. And just by reading the introduction, I knew that it was meant for me.
Do you feel powerless in achieving your goals? You know you should be somewhere better doing something you are called to do but you don’t know where to start. You just lack the motivation to pursue your dreams.
This book is for you.
From Depressed to Determined is about Viviene’s journey on being a first-time mom and a businesswoman at the same time. She talked about her struggles, going through depression, and how she was able to get out of it. This, she was able to outline in 6 steps.
In each step, she shares about her story and gives instructions on how you should do it too. Some steps would call on a deeper understanding of yourself, while some requires reaching beyond yourself. The book is best used as a tool, so one must be committed to do the action items in order to experience its effect.
What I liked about From Depressed to Determined
I can relate so much about Viviene’s story, especially her struggles as a new mom. In addition to that, below are the 3 major things that I loved about this book:
1. It’s short and simple
2. There’s a call-to-action in every chapter
3. It’s very personal
Short and simple
I’ve always loved reading since I was a kid. But since I’ve become a mom, there’s no such thing as free time. Well, only stolen ones. What I liked about From Depressed to Determined is that it’s short and straight-to-the-point. I was able to finish this by reading through commuting. Probably a bad idea to read during commutes, but going back, the brevity helped me.
There’s a call-to-action
The difference between a dream and a goal are your action plans. The book has an action item in every chapter, which is very helpful for the reader. It pushed me to do something about my own goals. Just going through the 1st step already made a drastic change in my mindset. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you.
It’s very personal
Viviene writes in a conversational and positive tone. It felt like I had my own life coach. I appreciated how she was very generous in sharing parts of her life. And if she can go through it, I know I can too.
With so many things I wanted to happen in my life, I found myself in a whirlwind of ideas. All this time, I thought I needed more action. But in reality, what I needed was a clearer plan and a purpose.
I recommend this book to two types of people:
(1) those who are feeling lost like me. It was very inspiring to read about Viviene’s journey, and I hope you get inspired reading it too;
(2) and in case you don’t feel lost, I still recommend that you read this book. It has tools that will help you make the most out of your life. It’s a quick and light read, and I hope you become as motivated as I did.
After finishing this, I felt happy that someone has already gone through the same feelings that I’m going through right now – and succeeded. And if she can do it, I can too…and she was able to do it in just 6 steps.
If you would like to download a copy of the ebook, you may purchase it from here.
What do you think of From Depressed to Determined? Let me know in the comments!
Enjoy life. Cheers!