Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Design the Life You Love by Ayse Birsel

Posted November 14, 2015 by Kim in Blog Tour, Giveaway, In Review / 4 Comments

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I have something a little big different for y’all today! This marks the first time I have reviewed a nonfiction title on my blog and I’m really excited to talk to you about this one. Keep reading to learn more about Design the Life You Love. I also have a brief review and a great giveaway for finished copies of the book!

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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Design the Life You Love by Ayse BirselDesign the Life You Love by Ayse Birsel
Genres: Non Fiction
Publication date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Format: Paperback, 256 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon

A joyful, inspirational guide to building the life you've always dreamed of, using the principles and creative process of an award-winning product designer.

Life, just like a design problem, is full of constraints-time, money, age, location, and circumstances. You can’t have everything, so you have to be creative to make what you want and what you need co-exist. Design the Life You Love is a joyful, inspirational guide to building the life you’ve always wanted, using the principles and creative process of an award-winning product designer. Through four steps that reveal hidden skills and wisdom, anyone can design a life they love!


in review my thoughts

You know how sometimes you find a book at the absolute perfect time? That’s my experience with Design the Life You Love. I’m coming up on a couple big anniversaries next year – ten years at my job in February and fifteen years in the DC area in August – and I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what comes next. When I received the opportunity to review this book, I knew it was a must-have for me. Hopefully I can find a little bit of clarity by spending some quality time with it.

In the effort of full disclosure, while I’ve spent a fair bit of time flipping through this book and seeing what it has to offer, I’ve not actually completed any of the exercises yet. My review won’t be based on my experience with the activities, but simply the design of the book at the potential I think it has.

Generally speaking, I’m not a person who typically takes much away from force-fed development and training exercises. I think it’s usually because I don’t feel they speak to me. It might be because I’m usually in a weird group setting when I do things and I don’t always feel like sharing too much about myself with others. I’m not going to think too hard on all that. What I will say is that this book does speak to me. In fact, it’s pretty much calling out my name. The illustrations are gorgeous. The activities look fun AND relevant. As I continue to noodle on “what’s next,” I think this book has the potential to help me focus, think things through and decide which path I’m going to take.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


About Ayse Birsel

Ayse Birsel was born in Turkey, a land of contrasts. Birsel and her designs are combinations of contrasting points of view. Like her homeland, where thoroughly modern ideas and practices exist side-by-side with centuries-old structures and customs, Birsel's designs make everything work. Born in the port city of Izmir, the Turkish name for Smyrna, a town more than two thousand years old, Birsel absorbed a Mediterranean cosmopolitanism.



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