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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.

My takeaway

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!


Disclaimer: A copy of the book was sent to me for review. However, all opinions are mine.



  1. Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag

    This is a very helpful book review. It gives authors like me reminders or pointers in writing our books so we could really be of help to our readers.

    I also like to read straightforward but inspiring books. I’m happy for you that this book has helped you.

    20 . May . 2016
  2. Jessica

    Good to know that the book is made in a concised manner which I think will be perfect for all those who need to get back their determination. Where can the book (not the e-book) be purchased?

    20 . May . 2016
  3. Cai Dominguez-Travelosyo

    I agree on the opening statement that sometime we really need help too. No man is an island and I’m glad that this book help you to move forward to whatever challenges you are facing. It’s interesting and if I will be given a chance would love to take a look at this book. Be strong and pray 🙂

    19 . May . 2016
  4. Dorothy Mae C. Torretijo

    Great book review indeed. How I wish I got this one before when I feel depressed. I’ll definitely get a copy of this xo

    19 . May . 2016
  5. Darlene

    Nice review! And nice to know that you got out of your depression too. It’s good that the book is written in a simple way with call to actions for the readers to follow. Will recommend this to friends. 🙂

    19 . May . 2016
  6. Maria

    Great review there! How I wish I read this back when I was feeling lost and depressed. I used to read Chicken Soup series to lift me up and comfort me but I think this will be a good read. Thanks for sharing!

    19 . May . 2016
  7. Arrianne Guzman

    Sounds interesting my dear! I think all of us have experienced depression at some point in our lives so I think this book will be much relatable. I’m looking forward to read this 🙂 I love self-help books 🙂

    19 . May . 2016
  8. Berlin

    Sounds like a nice read. Sometimes, we tend to be depressed because we have set so many goals and plans. I used to be that kind. Now, i take one at a time. It may be a little slow but at least im moving on the pace i can very much relate to. With such, less disappointment follows.

    19 . May . 2016
  9. Stella the Travelerette

    This sounds like great advice! Often the problem with depressed people is that they don’t feel like doing anything, even fun things. So having an action step and a positive tone in the book seems like an excellent idea. I’ve read also that exercise, sunlight, and social companionship helps a lot with depression too.

    18 . May . 2016
  10. Richelle Molon

    Oh Nina! I might buy this, very timely. Thank you for sharing.

    18 . May . 2016

    Often, is is the how that escapes a lot of people. Often, it is the inability to see things with different perspectives too. Of course feeling depressed (unless it is clinical depression) or lost is caused by countless factors, but HOW to deal with it is what most people do not know. A book like this – self-help – therefore, makes sense.

    I would also recommend books by Kim Kiyosaki for women.

    18 . May . 2016
  12. Kerr Quevedo

    I’m not a mom but this book may be for me. College + stress + transition from adolescence to adulthood has been really depressing. I’m not even halfway through.

    Will look for this book and hopefully buy it.


    18 . May . 2016

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