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Some memoirs tell us stories and open up worlds we never knew, but some open up places in our own hearts and souls that we have wanted to explore and have never given ourselves the chance to do so. Where To? How I Shed My Baggage and Learned to Live Free by Jennifer B. Monahan belongs to the second category of memoirs. Jennifer Monahan leaves a well-established career as a business strategist in a consulting firm, gives up her apartment in San Francisco, and decides to take a walk around the world in search of who she really is. It seems a curious decision that is badly welcomed by family and friends, but she is determined to take some time off to explore the world and discover different cultures. It’s an adventure that soon takes her into the jungles of Guatemala, to Japan, Cambodia, and Thailand. Follow her as she learns to live differently, seeking only what is most essential and keeping her eyes steadily on the gentle revolution taking place within her soul.
In this book, the author shares the six steps she used to heal her life and discover her ultimate purpose. While it reads like the memoir of a woman who takes the courage to explore the world, this memoir has powerful spiritual hints. In fact, it is the story of a soul in search of itself. In the introduction, the author points out that “Living authentically isn’t easy. It should be, but there are so many things that hold us back. For me to get to this place, and truly know who I am, I had to do quite a bit of work over a period of several years.” In this book, she shares her inner work and provides powerful tools for readers to look into themselves and take responsibility for the achievement of their inner freedom. Where To? How I Shed My Baggage and Learned to Live Free is a spiritual testament, a book that describes a journey towards inner freedom and authenticity. Many readers will feel the resonance of Jennifer’s story in their own lives.