Thursday, January 17, 2013

Create a Powerful Life Plan Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway!

I'm happy to be a part of the Create A Powerful Life Plan! blog tour. Though I have yet to read the book, it does look fabulous and the perfect start to a new year (and a good way to keep all those New Year's resolutions!)

Check out the great excerpt from the book and make sure you enter into the fantastic giveaway as well!

About the Book

Title: Create A Powerful Life Plan! 3 Simple Steps to Your Ideal Life
Author: Connie E. Sokol
Release Date: January 2013
Publisher: Sokol Publishing
Genre: Self-Help
Ready to jumpstart your life, but not sure how?

Years ago I was fat, unfulfilled, and unfocused. Then I got serious about making changes, writing an achievable life vision and goals. Starting with weight, I lost twenty-five pounds and gained great energy. This motivated me to organize my home and time, rediscover the joy in parenting, and speak professionally part-time to share with others what I had learned.

That was my ideal life change, what’s yours?

Create a Powerful Life Plan: 3 Simple Steps to Your Ideal Life! will help you achieve life changes in three stress-free steps. You’ll learn how to create a clear vision of your ideal life. Then, how to set and achieve simple, enjoyable goals to make that vision a reality. And finally, what to do when you become stuck, fearful, or frustrated.

You’ll also read the real-life experiences of five women who put their Life Plan into action. And receive online support through podcasts, video segments, blog posts and more at

Now is the best time to become the person you want to be, and live the life you yearn to live. No gimmicks, no hoopla, just solid, time-tested principles and practices that will help you achieve your dreams and goals, and enjoy the process.

So, are you ready to create your powerful Life Plan?
Excerpt from
Create A Powerful Life Plan

What began my what-do-I-want journey was having four children in six years. At that point, my energy and most likely my brain cells were completely spent. At the start of the seventh year some energy returned—an inexplicable burst, in fact, during which I announced, “I LIVE!”—but it was more like the energy of a marathoner taking her last step before she’s declared legally dead. Nevertheless, I was determined. My husband and I rang in the New Year waving our banner (okay, my banner), “The Year of Change.” This had nothing to do with menopause and everything to do with finally setting goals and getting my life in balance. Pumped, juiced, smoothied, I made my plan, tacked it on the wall, and said with great gusto, “Big Mama is back!”

And then I forgot. Or maybe I should say that I slowly faded back into what I call “The Haze,” where first you think about accomplishing your goals, then avoid thinking about your goals, and finally end with “What goals? I am woman, I am acceptable,” and scarfing a king-size Kit Kat. Bottom line: I had zero life. Meanwhile between snacks I had hired a babysitter for a few hours each week to take the children while I went upstairs and did something somewhat enjoyable, although unproductive those rare times I could even remember what enjoyable was.

My epiphany came when on such a day I went upstairs, closed the door, and threw on the bed a remote control, a grocery list, a few books, and a goal list. I stared at them—totally devoid of emotion, and suddenly I wanted a Kit-Kat. Then uncharacteristically I turned on a daytime TV channel (since during kid “business hours” viewing was pretty much limited to Blue’s Clues). A popular daytime talk show happened to be on, and women of all ages and experiences were sharing how they had been searching for answers about life and its challenges, where they fit in the universe, and much more...

I ripped out a piece of paper and wrote in gashing letters across the top, “WHAT DO YOU WANT?” Not stopping to think about proper answers, I wrote furiously, straight from the gut: “Write a book, speak to women, sing, feel healthy” and more. Then, after only a slight pause, I turned over the paper and just as feverishly wrote, “What is stopping me?”

I watched my pencil confirm what my gut had been trying to tell me, but what I hadn’t wanted to know: “Spending too much time on husband’s business, lazy about my dreams, not making this a priority in my life,” and on and on. Sitting back for a breath, I looked at my work. There squeezed onto only two pages of paper was probably the equivalent of three years of therapy. I felt clean, purged, and ready for action.


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About the Author

Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, a sought after local and national presenter, and a regular speaker at Education Week. She is a monthly TV contributor on KSL’s “Studio 5” and regular blogger for KSL's "Motherhood Matters." She is a former columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine, and TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including the award-nominated Caribbean Crossroads, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, and Life is Too Short for One Hair Color Series, as well as the creator of talk CDs, podcasts and the "8-week Challenge." Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats. For more, visit

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