About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, May 9, 2022

A More Beautiful Life: A Simple Five-Step Approach to Living Balanced Goals with HEART by Whitney English


A More Beautiful Life walks readers through setting HEART Goals, a proven framework that starts with helping you better understand yourself not by tracking and measuring everything to death but by meeting you right where you are.   

Traditional goal setting sets us up for failure. Starting from a place of desired outcomes, we attempt to answer the question, “Where do I want to end up in life?”   

Then we attempt to follow a plan that tells us to run in this direction and track our progress with journals, spreadsheets, and complicated tools. Often the plan is too long, too hard, and too elaborate. It’s not flexible, fluid, or dynamic­–in other words, nothing like real life. We focus too much on outcomes, letting the end justify the means, and often forget who we are in the process, missing the point of goal setting altogether. We need a system that allows us to embrace who we are and let that understanding guide us toward a better life. 

In A More Beautiful Life, Whitney English shares HEART Goals–a system that starts with what matters most to you, never forcing you to adopt arbitrary goals and rules. The process matters, not just the outcomes. This system frees you from comparison and allows you to be authentically yourself. It helps you gain confidence as you make the progress that comes from having done your best instead of the depressing discouragement that comes from comparing yourself to the performances of others. You won’t have to become someone else to get what you want.  

H – Help Yourself

E – Empower Yourself

A – All Your People

R – Resources and Responsibilities

T – Trade

This is an integrative approach to help you create a more meaningful life that is all yours. You won’t feel imbalanced or off-center as you pursue one area of success, fearing it will cost you somewhere else. Without any striving, your goals will be aligned with where you want to go in life. You won’t need to completely change who you are to follow the system. No more deadlines. No more tracking. No more nonsense.  

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The cover of A More Beautiful Life is absolutely gorgeous and just looking at it makes me happy, but what's inside is the true blessing. Author Whitney English shares H-E-A-R-T and it can forever change your life. She encourages us to step away from setting goals that seem impossible to reach. Instead, we should decide what is really important to us and then work for it. The end results will leave us happier and we won't constantly be comparing ourselves to everyone else!

English relates her own experiences as she shares her expert advice and I also like that each chapter ends with Write It Down, Make It Beautiful. These questions encourage us to record our thoughts and track our progress. A More Beautiful Life is a book to read, savor, re-read, and apply to our daily lives. It would also be a wonderful gift for all of the graduates in your life.

I received a copy of this book from FrontGate Media. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


Whitney English believes that anyone can live a beautiful life. She believes that gratitude is the birthplace of joy, that people matter, that love is the answer, that if you’re real you can’t be ugly, that everyone is creative and some of us have forgotten, and that it’s worth trying to be a better version of yourself today than you were yesterday. If you’re more into technical details, she has boot-strapped two businesses to seven figures, has a degree in interior design, has studied management at Parsons in New York City, and has had her work featured in O magazine and The Wall Street Journal and on the Today show. She was featured as one of Country Living’s Women Entrepreneurs in 2008. One of her favorite dreams come true, though, is her husband, David, and their three children. She nightly dreams of a perfectly organized office.

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