Book Review: From Depressed to Determined

I recently finished reading the E-book “From Depressed to Determined, a 6 Step Guide to Thrive and have Personal Success” by Vivienne Bigornia. Vivienne is the same author of the book, 7 Things Every Wife should Know.

It took me a while to read the book because I recently went back to working full time online for my former company (I’ll tell you all about it soon) and have adjusted my priorities over the past few weeks.

In a nutshell, From Depressed to Determined is a 6-day guide in getting over yourself to making something of yourself.

At first I thought it was about a case of clinical depression and gaining victory over it, but it turned out to be more on finding yourself amidst the chaos and busyness of family life. It’s a very useful and practical read for stay-at-home moms, and even work-from-home moms who feel that they are just doing work to earn a keep and nothing more.

I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised by it and I’m thinking of doing the 6-step challenge. You see, I have only read the book but I haven’t really taken the time to do the challenges yet.

(Read: 7 things every wife should know as told by Viviene Bigornia)

The book is easy-to-read with 6 short chapters – from setting a goal to going full swing, and very relate-able content, although personally, I cannot really relate to the depression from being tied down at home with the babies as it was not something I experienced for a long period of time; and not to the extent that the author described it. My kids have always been joy to me and in some sense, satisfy my need for company and entertainment.

It was only when we moved to Cavite that I experienced the struggle brought about by isolation, but even then, my introverted-ness kicked in. But I know of so many women who have gone through the same amount of struggle.

Each chapter includes practical application and exercises for you to do to help you move from creating a goal to making it happen.

To dream again

The thing that made me sit up as I was reading the book was when Vivienne said something about having a dream. In my entire life, I’ve only had one dream. I have wholeheartedly set aside that dream when I started dreaming for my husband and for my kids. But I don’t really have any dream for myself other than to see my husband and my children fulfill theirs.

Have you seen the Nido “Magic Ad” on Mother’s Day? Someone tagged me to that video and it hit home. But even then, having a new dream for myself was not something I gave so much thought in. Until now.

To be honest, after years of chasing after a single passion with literally blood, sweat and tears , I never thought I would ever be capable of having a big dream for myself again.

Maybe the old dream will no longer come to be. And maybe a new dream is waiting to be created. The prospect sounds exciting!

Some say life now begins at 40, why not, right? Perhaps it’s time.

From Depressed to Determined, a 6 Step Guide to Thrive and Have Personal Success by Vivienne Bigornia is available on Amazon for only $0.99.

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  1. I have seen the Nido mother’s day commercial and was trully touched. Many women have given up themselves for their husband and children. This book hopefully would inspite others to dream again.

  2. That Nido commercial surely hit home! My daughter asked if I was doing the same thing. Hehe! Anyway, this book sounds interesting. I’d read it once I have the time – I’ve got a pile of books waiting for me!

  3. I’ve seen the commercial popped as an ad when I was in youtube but I skipped it, now ko lang pinanood, ang ganda, got me teary eyed, I remember my mother. This seems like a really nice book,

  4. I think that all mother’s need a checklist of somewhat especially when it comes to personal goals. Sometimes we get a little lost with motherhood, parenting and being a wife that we often overlook what we need to achieve. 🙂

  5. I saw that Nido commercial while my daughter and I were watching something on tv. Then she said, “Mom, you’re like that mommy.” I don’t know what she meant by it but I really teared up. I just told her, “Mommy is willing to give up everything for you, baby, because I love you.” 🙂

    Anyhow, I also read that ebook. It’s nice to read something that encourages you to get back on your feet, dream again and achieve the goals you’re aiming for. 🙂

  6. This sounds like a good read as I am a SAHM myself. Speaking of goals, I don’t seem to have one set for myself either. It’s just all about the household and the kids and the husband.

  7. I think I need to read this book! Lately I’ve been suffering from a lack of mojo at almost everything I used to really enjoy doing. I also lost my drive to fulfil my goals i.e. become financially independent. I’ll surely check this out.

  8. Sounds like an interesting read. I’ve been feeling a bit down myself lately (work+family+post partum blues) and at times we just really need a pick me upper to get back on our feet again. For me, it’s at last realizing and pursuing my passion in writing. It really helped. Hope I can read this too. 🙂

  9. Life can sure get overwhelming when you’re a mom, especially when you’re at home with more than one little kiddo. I’ll have to check out the book. The Nido commercial?? Tears!

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