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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It’s Your Life... Own It!

Jessie Clark, now Jessie Funk has turned from releasing music to writing motivational books, specifically for youth.

I got my, surprisingly, autographed copy from Jessie Funk telling me to remember the power I have.
This book includes personal stories from Funk, activities, and motivational quotes.  Her book is broken into 10 parts, with an intro activity called Frisbee Face.

When I was working as a counsellor with abused victims, I would do a similar activity.  I took out a paper plate and asked them to draw, write, or do whatever feelings that they show to others on one side of the plate, and the other side to place emotions that they keep hidden from others.  Funk’s exercise is similar to the hidden emotions, except it is fears; and how those fears hold us back.

Funk then talks about:
  • Owning your Frisbee face and how it holds one back
  • Owning who you are right now by celebrating your strengths 
  • Owning who you want to be, who you were meant to be
  • Owning your happiness
  • Choosing to see the humor in life
  • Having the ability to say NO, especially to toxic people
  • Owning your imperfections
  • Owning your power
  • Owning your attitude
  • And lastly, Who are you? Identifying yourself.

Again, each chapter has activities for youth to participate in and fill out.

The book also includes a CD of inspirational and motivational songs performed by Funk.

This book emphasizes the empowerment of teenagers, and could be fitting for any teenager.  It is short and simple.

You can order the book at Jessie Funk’s website.

Written by:

Josh Lockhart Locking Hearts Together

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