How Do I Get to Be Me?

Choosing New Ways Forward Series Book 2

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
228 Pages
Reviewed on 03/24/2023
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Author Biography

Curious and ready to explore, Elizabeth taught
herself to read by the age of three. She soon
moved from her little red rocker to the tree outside,
reading to the neighborhood’s stray cat. She was
ready for new horizons when school began. From
tutoring to basketball, drama and the school newspaper, Elizabeth was off gathering information from the worlds she explored.

Elizabeth maintained an intimate relationship
with nature, as she grew up in the midst of Watergate and the Vietnam war. She became convinced, in her teens, that we are in need of a “paradigm

With BA degrees in both English literature and
philosophy, Elizabeth sees how the very nature of
our thoughts is woven with aspects of survival and
threat. Yet, Elizabeth didn’t commit herself to academia or the struggles of humanity.

Persistent in her passion to see and understand, conversation remains
at the center of her world. When climate change and the pandemic of 2020
began shifting our paradigms, Elizabeth expanded
her writing to include books that open further

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

How Do I Get To Be Me? is the second book of the Choosing New Ways Forward Series by Elizabeth Jo. Building on the ideas discussed in the first installment, Shifting Our Relationship With Trauma, this book offers a conversation on moving beyond trauma. As we are always in a relationship with everything we interact with, these evolving relationships merge in unforeseen ways outside the boundaries of our conscious observations, resulting in unexpected outcomes. Jo encourages readers to have conversations with themselves and try to untangle their experiences into their simplest forms. Try to resonate with your innermost feelings and needs. Base your decisions on what you know to be genuine and important to yourself while respecting the wishes of your loved ones. Every one of us has a unique voice, so make it heard.

Change your relationship with trauma by moving forward and finding new experiences in your relationship with yourself. In How Do I Get To Be Me?, Elizabeth Jo poses an important question, "Why are people so unhappy about being human?" Through her book, the author provides some deep and meaningful insights into the human condition to help readers find themselves in sync with their inner selves, move on from traumatic experiences, and make decisions that lead them to the path of living fulfilling lives. Using personal anecdotes and stories, Jo showcases the context behind some of her concepts and ideas that lend greater credence to the narrative. I found this to be an informative and illuminating book. Highly recommended.