Running on Empty

The Irreverent Guru's Guide to Filling Up with Mindfulness

Non-Fiction - Self Help
212 Pages
Reviewed on 02/14/2017
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Author Biography

Shelley is a native Texan who returned in 2009 after spending most of her career working in Europe and the Middle East – first for ExxonMobil and then as the owner of the risk management consulting firm, SAS Resources, whose clients included firms such as E.ON Powergen and Siemens.

Upon her return, Shelley joined the energy firm BP as a member of the risk management team and experienced the challenges of the Deepwater Horizon incident. Fueled by a desire to help the company continuously improve, in 2012 she became Global Capability Manager for Leadership Development and was responsible for designing and delivering programs such as Courageous Conversations that were aimed at creating a culture of open discussion. During her time as Capability Manager, she was also responsible for building the Universal Graduate Skills program at BP, a new entity-wide program aimed at positioning BP as an employer of choice for college graduates.

Still passionate about development, Shelley left BP to start her own training firm, True North Development, whose purpose is to help organizations improve leadership skills and employee engagement through the power of mindfulness. She is a recognized expert on mindfulness in the workplace and has collaborated with the University of Texas at Austin and NYU to develop mindfulness programming for business leaders. She is also the author of Running on Empty: The Irreverent Guru’s Guide to Filling up with Mindfulness. In her spare time, she teaches hatha yoga and currently lives and works in beautiful Austin, Texas.


Bachelors and Masters in Accountancy from the University of Texas at Austin

Master of Business Administration from Erasmus Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands

Associate Certified Coach (ACC) by the International Coaching Federation

Faculty member for the University of Texas Center for Professional Education

Global Faculty Member for TMA World

Global Faculty Member for Hemsley Fraser

Licensed Hatha Yoga Instructor

Graduate of Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching program (IPEC)

Energy Leadership Assessment Index (ELI) Master practitioner

Strengths Deployment Inventory (SDI) certified

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite

Do you feel exhausted all the time? Do you feel like there aren't enough hours in the day? Are you experiencing burnout? You need to stop! Learn relaxation, mindfulness, and how to enjoy life again. Running On Empty by Shelley Pernot is a humorous self-help book on mindfulness. There is a growing epidemic throughout the United States of America; it's called burnout. Many people are obsessed with their smart devices. They are so busy rushing their kids back and forth that they barely have time to enjoy them. Their lives are constant merry-go-rounds with very little purpose. The more they do, the larger a toll it takes on them. Suddenly, they are experiencing a lack of ambition, depression, low self-esteem, etc. It is time to get off the merry-go-round. By following the simple techniques found within this book, the reader will have the tools to once again enjoy their lives and live consciously. Living a full life is easy; keeping the distractions from pulling one down takes practice. Are you ready to live the life of your dreams? Are you willing to become aware of your greatest treasures?

Running On Empty (The Irreverent Guru's Guide To Filling Up With Mindfulness) by Shelley Pernot tells a unique story of learning how to create a work/home life balance. I really enjoyed the author's humor as she explains the importance of becoming aware of what one does in their everyday lives. Mindfulness is more than just awareness; it is the art of Being. The author covers the basics of mindfulness, then draws the reader into a more "zen" state by giving them a breakdown of the many tools widely available to help relax and restore them. I would highly recommend this book to those that feel like they are in constant need of a vacation or are just ready to start living a life of inner peace and true happiness.