||Aug 20, 2008
This book is an inspirational book on experiencing joy, peace, passion, and energy in daily life. It is designed to demonstrate the powerful roles of thoughts, action, and faith. The book is a merging of inspirational author, Sheri Kaye Hoff's spiritual life and lifelong interests in leadership and motivation. The ideas presented in the book are techniques and processes that have worked for the author and clients. Foreword is written by Michele Caron, creator of MyLIfeCoach.com
Life Coach and Author Sheri Kaye Hoff
Keys to Living Joyfully
Keys to Living Joyfully
Life Coach Sheri Kaye Hoff's book, Keys to Living Joyfully gives you tools, techniques, and inspiration for
- Moving from loss to joy
- Working while inspired
- Viewing time as a moldable gift
- Living joyfully no matter what is going on in your life
- Cultivating gratitude
- Growing your spiritual life
- Developing awareness
- Cultivating thoughts that work for you and not against you
- And so much more...
Why not learn the Keys to Living Joyfully today?
Inspirational author and life coach, Sheri Kaye Hoff resides in Parker, CO with her husband and three children. She also teaches college classes as an adjunct faculty member and has earned her Master of Arts in Organizational Management. Her inspirational book, Keys to Living Joyfully, was born out of a heartfelt desire to share the keys that lead to living a transformational life.
Ms. Hoff is a personal and executive life coach working with both individuals, small businesses, and corporations.
Spirituality is a vital part of her life's work. Prayer and meditation are integral pieces of her daily ritual, which enables her to pursue her life's passions and live a truly joyful life.
Her words on faith are derived from her own Christian walk and spiritual self-discoveries. Her action steps are a mix of faith. love, leadership skills, and management experience. This book, Keys to Living Joyfully, offers the techniques and insights that move people towards peace, joy, energy, and passion in everyday life.
Keys to Living Joyfully: The Story Behind the Book I envisioned writing a book for nearly twenty years. As I approached my 4oth birthday, I realized that I needed to move forward with my goal, so I quit my full time job and took a part time teaching position at a college so I could focus on building my life coaching practice and write my dream book. In the past, I started several books—which were mostly romance novels and I would stall out after the first few chapters.
Throughout my life, I was always interested in why some people were very successful and other people with the same or more potential were not successful. I read hundreds of books on leadership, motivation, and inspiration. I also experienced tragedy in my family at a young age which left me dealing with post traumatic stress disorder for years afterwards. Though I tried very hard to create a successful, normal life-I had recurring problems with depression. I experienced remarkable positive change over the last four years in my life and felt very deeply in my heart that I wanted to reach out to other people who were trying to find happiness. I write from a Christian faith perspective, however, I also, encompass some of the concepts of positive thinking and the law of attraction. Though I am working on my PhD and writing scholarly academic works, I wanted to write a synthesis of everything that helped me get better and truly experience joy—and I wanted it to be simple, workable, and easy to read. So I wrote from the heart. From the time I started writing seriously for the book, Keys to Living Joyfully: I finished in five weeks. I decided to self-publish through createspace in order to have my book available quickly. I hired a graphic designer to create a beautiful cover and found the perfect person, Michele Caron, creator of mylifecoach.com to write the Foreword. From start to finish, the whole process took five and a half months. I have accomplished one of my life dreams and am still in awe when I wake up each morning.
I have some thoughts for future authors. I learned that writing is the easy part. I also learned so much about publishing—I actually did the book formatting myself (I will never do that again). It turned out great—but next time I will pay someone to do the formatting. For future books, I will do more promoting prior to the publication date and take preorders. The most important piece of learning for me is that the most successful promoting occurs when I am giving something of value that is separate from just promoting my book. For example—information, tips, etc. I make sure to reach out to my clients and readers regularly with thoughts and inspirations through my blog and weekly inspiration tips. I do this because I know that habits are hard to change and reinforcement is needed to really experience progress. My true passion is inspiring people daily. If I feel like I inspired one person in a day—my day is a wonderful success.
My book, Keys to Living Joyfully, is geared towards anyone who is too busy, gives of themselves tirelessly, and often forgets about their own needs. It is for those who have struggled with sadness and felt that this sadness has eclipsed their potential. It is also geared toward people who feel that true joy is just barely out of reach. It is about faith, thoughts, and actions. I want people to feel loved and worthy as they read.
My wish is for people to have truly inspired, joy filled days.
Friends, I am writing this book for you.
Every one of us has a tragic moment, event, or deep sadness that changes our lives forever. We may wonder if we can feel love, happiness, or joy ever again in our lifetimes. At the same time, we may become deeply sensitive to others and more tolerant for the daily stressors in life. Our lives take a different path than one we imagined.
Maybe your pain is from a death, a lost relationship, and/or a deep hurt. After years go by, it is likely that you have resumed a “normal” life, but you may feel that you cannot experience joy again. Or maybe you did not have one huge life-altering event, but you feel a sense of overall disappointment in your current situation and do not see a way to change. You know at a deep level that your life is not the way you want it to be. You know there is a better version of you. A “you” that lives in the moment, loves, feels, breathes deeply, and contributes.
Living Joyfully by Debra Gaynor
Sheri Kaye Hoff shares her story with readers. She stresses that we can have joy, but many of us do not think we deserve it. Too often, we seek joy outside ourselves, outside of our Lord. We look for joy in things and circumstances. Our joy must come from within. One of my favorite scriptures is "The joy of the Lord is my strength." Our true joy comes from walking closely with Him.
Keys To Living Joyfully is beautifully written. Hoff presents her joyful message in a simple, easy-to-understand style. At the end of each chapter, she has exercises and blanks to record your observations. This book is a great individual study.
Cafe of Dreams Review
There are many self help books out in the market today. What sets Keys to Living Joyfully apart, I feel, is the fact that the author really lets the reader into her life, while at the same time giving guidance that has helped her to truly achieve happiness, joy and well being. Also, the Keys that Ms. Hoff speaks of are very easy and not in the least difficult to follow.
In opening, Ms. Hoff talks of the tragedy of losing her brother, at a very young age, to suicide. She talks honestly of the hardships and poor choices in judgement that followed. Through this all, in the end, she discovers that she is not the person that she knows she wants/can be and she is not living the life that she truly wants - a life of joy and fulfillment.
Anyone - no matter the situation or place, can truly better themselves and all it really takes is a positive outlook and "retraining" oneself in their thoughts. When there is negative, do not focus on that, but rather turn that situation around in your mind and think of a positive outcome. Sheri Kaye Hoff breaks her book down into 7 chapters:
Moving From Loss to Joy
Is your Heart Thinking Right?
Time Management is a Gift, Not the Enemy
Embracing a Joyful Life
Within each chapter, Ms. Hoff talks candidly and leaves a workspace for the reader to fill in and reflect upon. I have to say that the chapter on Inspiration was my favorite. I really liked how she gave the message that if one follows on inspiration, rather than sense of duty, they are more apt to accomplish great things. One such example is this book, Keys to Living Joyfully. It took many times of starting and stopping before Ms. Hoff truly felt inspired to write and complete her book. This final time, she had a sense that this was the right time and success would follow her.
Throughout Keys to Living Joyfully, Sheri Kaye Hoff talks of the importance of journaling and journaling daily. Once completing a journal, store it away where it can be easy access to look back and reflect upon.
Keys to Living Joyfully is a wonderful book that will remain in easy reach for rereading. I read through the entire book in just a couple of sittings, but will again go back, taking a longer time and filling out the areas within. This is a book that is very open, non "preaching" and will appeal to many people. There are many quotes throughout the book that I greatly enjoyed and I felt that the boxed parts (which are basically highlighted phrases, that are important) were a great way to draw attention to certain aspects that the author was really trying to point out.
Sheri Kaye Hoff has a wonderful writing style which makes Keys to Living Joyfully a very enjoyable read and the feel of chatting with a friend. I wanted to share a couple of passages that especially stood out to me:
"I began to realize how important it is to be able to know your gifts and dreams, to live in the moment, to work less hard and to let things flow. I embraced the fact that worry never is a good thing. I learned that I could control my thoughts, which then affects my feelings and the quality of my life."
" Think about how you think about these things. This is a gift we have as human beings - the fact that we can think about our thinking."
" I say a prayer daily that the right words come out of my mouth at the right times. Sometimes I have caught myself just as I am getting angry with my children. I have actually said aloud. "I need to stop talking now." and then shut my mouth. "
" You are wonderfully made. Everything about you is miraculous. Toss aside those self-doubts and criticisms. Celebrate, today, the miracle of you! "
The quote about the children is something that I can completely relate to. I have found myself getting very upset with my children and simply stop and say that I can't talk to them right now, that I am too upset. This really does seem to be a wonderful and positive action.
I truly recommend Keys to Living Joyfully for anyone who is feeling in a slump, down or just wants to better their life and their outlook on life. This is a book that will be read and reread several times. If you know someone going through a rough time, this is the perfect way to help them out.
*overall rating 4.5/5
From the Library at the End of the Universe
As one who has long suffered from anxiety and depression books like this are often in my reading pile in the hopes that I can find a path to peace and happiness that isn't 100% reliant upon doctors and medications.
In my first read through I find that the message that Mrs. Hoff is presenting is positive and filled with an energetic spark that makes it a workbook worth utilizing and not just tucking away. Using her advice I plan to now take the time to read the book through again and utilize the exercises to help work towards joyful living. Will this book be the one that does the trick? I cannot be sure, but I believe it has a high potential to be very helpful to many people.
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Reader Reviews for "Keys to Living Joyfully"
|Reviewed by John Domino
|I can feel the sincerity in your writing Sheri. Yes, I have lost a wife to cancer. It took a long time for me to write about her.