I met Jennifer Tuma -Young a few years back when she and I spoke at an event for an organization called Enchanted Makeovers which restores and transforms shelters, making them a welcoming and vibrant place to be. Her newly released book does for the body and soul, what the aforementioned company does for buildings. This self titled “Inspirista” whose work in the world motivates people to live their best lives from the inside out knows whereof she speaks when it comes to healthy shedding of layers. When I heard her story of a 100 pound weight loss, I was astonished since it was hard to imagine that this svelte woman had ever carried around that much additional emotional/physical baggage. The additional triumph is that she has kept it off for ten years. Having lost 40 some pounds myself in the past two years, I am aware of what it takes! Tuma-Young’s background includes having a Curves franchise in the family for which she works, so that ‘feeds’ her skill set that she offers to readers.
Balance Your Life is really about that…a sense of maintaining equilibrium in our day to day lives when the expectations that as women in particular, we are counted on to be all things to all people. I’m sure men struggle with this as well, but it is more prevalent among the female population. The book shares portable and easily applicable tips for re-creating yourself. They include journaling, visualizing joy, moving your body, recognizing your value beyond what you do for others, and goal setting.
She incorporates the S.M.A.R.T method, utilized by motivational coaches and speakers.
S= Specific M= Measurable A= Attainable R= Relevant T= Tangible
Tuma-Young’s book also encourages healthy eating without tumbling into the pitfalls of stringent dieting as she explains the facts and functions of food. She helps readers face the fears of immersing in a new way of living and holds their hands as a sister-companion on the journey, since she continues to traverse the sometimes treacherous path herself. As a business woman, coach, wife and mother, she wears many hats well. This consummate story teller shares her own vulnerabilities with grace and poignance that will have the reader nodding along. Self love is a primary ingredient in maintaing balance in our lives.
Balance Your Life closes with an invitation to sparkle in our own lives, with our family and friends, in our community, behind the wheel of the car and at the table. By reading this book, you too can become a self loving, lightened up, layered off inspirista.