The Me Project: 21 Days to Living the Life You've Always Wanted

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Most women in the midst of careers, marriage, raising children, and caring for parents set their personal goals aside. The Me Project provides women with fun and creative ways to bring back the sense of purpose and vitality that comes with living out the plans and dreams God has planted in their hearts. Kathi Lipp's warm tone and laugh-out-loud humor will motivate women to take daily steps toward bringing purpose back into their lives and give them the confidence they can do it ...

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Overview

Most women in the midst of careers, marriage, raising children, and caring for parents set their personal goals aside. The Me Project provides women with fun and creative ways to bring back the sense of purpose and vitality that comes with living out the plans and dreams God has planted in their hearts. Kathi Lipp's warm tone and laugh-out-loud humor will motivate women to take daily steps toward bringing purpose back into their lives and give them the confidence they can do it in spite of busy schedules.

A woman who reads and applies The Me Project will

  • discover the unique plan God has for her life and her role as a wife, mother, worker, or volunteer
  • gather a community of like-minded women who want to make their goals a priority
  • change her attitudes toward her roles in life, as well as how she approaches her personal goals

This handy guide coaches women to do one simple thing toward achieving their goals each day for three weeks, bringing a sense of vitality and exhilaration back into their lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736929660
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 944,571
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathi Lipp is a busy conference and retreat speaker, currently speaking each year to thousands of women throughout the United States. She is the author of The Husband Project and The Marriage Project and has had articles published in several magazines, including Today's Christian Woman and Discipleship Journal. Kathi and her husband, Roger, live in California and are the parents of four teenagers and young adults.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8

Laying the Foundation: Preparing for The Me Project

1 Is This All There Is? 11

2 Why The Me Project? 17

3 But I Don't Have Any Goals (Or I Have Too Many and Don't Know Where to Start) 21

4 Getting Started with The Me Project 27

5 Accountability: The Key to Making It All Work 33

The Me Project Accountability Covenant 35

6 Glossary of Terms 37

Getting Down to Business: Launching The Me Project

The Send-Off 41

Week One Projects

Project 1 What Do You Want from Me? 45

Knowing God's Will for All the Parts of Your Life

Project 2 Less Than Perfect 55

Lessening Your Load

Project 3 Who Are You Listening To? 63

Deciding What Goes into Your Brain

Project 4 Pixie Cuts and Other Bad Decisions 77

Embracing Your Past

Project 5 No Small Feet 83

Goals That Are Custom Made for You

Project 6 Dumbo's Flying Lesson 89

Figuring Out What You Don't Need

Project 7 Speeding Tickets and Other Gifts from God 95

Paying Attention to the Warnings Along the Way

Week Two Projects

Project 8 No Deposit, No Return 103

Keeping Strong

Project 9 Having a Mentor Moment 113

Finding a Mentor in Your Goal's Field

Project 10 Asking for Directions 121

Keeping Our Goals in Front of God

Project 11 Investing in Your Passion 129

Setting Aside the Time, Money, Energy, and Space to Make Your Goals a Reality

Project 12 Peer Pressure for Grown-Ups 135

Getting a Couple of People to Hold You Accountable

Project 13 Dancing Cows: The Chick-fil-A Way to Rest 145

Resting Your Way to Success

Project 14 Set Yourself Up for Success 151

Making an Appointment with Yourself

Week Three Projects

Project 15 I Said Board, Not Bored 157

Creating Your Own Board of Directors

Project 16 Working on Your Goals When You Don't Have Time to Work on Your Goals 163

Finding Time to Make It All Happen

Project 17 Laying Down Tracks 169

What to Do While You're Waiting

Project 18 Earning a Few Checkmarks on Your List 175

Understanding Some of the Things That Hold Us Back

Project 19 What Color Is Your Belt? 183

Making Milestones Along the Way

Project 20 Are We Having Fun Yet? 189

Joy for the Journey

Project 21 Bumps, Craters, and Goo in the Road 193

Pushing Through When Things Don't Go According to Plan

The End (and the Beginning) of The Me Project 201

Tools of The Me Project

The Me Project Planner 205

Recommended Resources 209

Dear Reader 211

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    Read it and Do it!

    If you have reservations about beginning Kathi Lipp's new book The Me Project, let me tell you that you're not alone. However, after you're done with it, if you're not filled with a desire to truly live the life God wants you to live - with all the gifts with which He has blessed you - then you're going to be very lonely indeed. I, too, was apprehensive about starting because, really, I like Kathi. She has blessed my family with her earlier book The Husband Project; I was probably more terrified than her that I would not like this book. I worried that it would unwittingly follow in the ranks of "me time" and other popular culture ideals I have come to hate with a feeling bordering on vengeance.
    So, let me be the first to assure you this: it's not. Yes, that's right. You can breathe. Whew! Okay, now that that's out of the way.
    What the book holds is so much more meaningful than platitudes about getting things right once and for all by following a five point program. As Kathi says herself,
    I never want to buy (or waste time reading) another book that says, "I have done this perfectly. If you want to do it perfectly, do what I say." Rarely, if ever, does life work out perfectly in a neat, three-point outline for the people I know who are living out the plans God has for them.
    Kathi insists that "God has not made a mistake with the gifts and talents He has given specifically to us." Our job then is to find out what to do with those gifts and talents - and the twenty-one exercises in this book (twenty-two if you count first making a list of fifty dreams) help you do just that. One step at a time. (Those of you doing The Fly Lady routine, would call these "Baby Steps.")
    Personally, this book freed me from chains I didn't even know I had around me. Kathi Lipp, with The Me Project has taken God out of the box in which we keep wanting to put Him. Her testimony through it ultimately becomes that He is big enough, capable enough, creative enough and, ultimately, patient enough to see us through. And when we do live the life He has called us to live, He feels genuine pleasure. Sometimes, I tend to forget that. I forget God is infinitely wise, unceasingly creative and eternally loving. I forget that God is not opposed to my desires. He only seeks to be glorified in them. This book reminded me of that very important detail.
    The Me Project gave me the liberty to dream and desire things for myself while still placing them under the will of God. And that to me is true freedom.
    Plus, as Kathi puts it, it's just fun!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    What? ME??

    I was super excited when I found out that Kathi Lipp, one of my favorite authors, is going to be speaking at MOPS Convention this year. As I was doing research for a talk I was doing using one of her other books, I came upon the information for her newest book, The Me Project - 21 Days to Living the Life You've Always Wanted. Whoa. That hit me really hard. I have worked on The Husband Project, and I am always doing special things with the children, but somehow in the daily doing I forget about myself. Kathi doesn't disappoint as she give Biblical ways to work yourself back into your own life. I recommend this book to any woman who loses herself in the daily life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Trying to Reach a Goal?!?

    Do you have a goal you are trying to achieve?
    Do you have no idea where to start?
    Do you lack focus and direction?
    Do you get easily distracted when working on a project?

    If you can answer yes to any of these questions, I highly recommend Kathi Lipp's newest book, The Me Project. This handy guide coaches women to do one simple thing toward achieving our goals each day for three weeks. A woman experiencing the exhilaration of a rediscovered life offers more as a wife, mother, friend, volunteer, career woman. If you have a goal you want to achieve, get this book. If will give you a step by step plan on how to accomplish any goal.

    What's my goal? I'm going to learn to knit...my first lesson is Tuesday!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    Like having a dedicated coach...

    I'm a big fan of all of Kathi Lipp's books. She takes these wonderful projects and breaks them down into doable pieces than anyone can do. The Me Project is like having your own personal coach to walk with you through each step to figure out what you want to do and change in your life. Sometimes just the thought of that can seem overwhelming, but Kathi breaks it down so beautifully and cheers you on page after page. God has a unique plan and design for all of us. If you're not sure what yours is, get this book. It will help you figure that out and so much more.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    An exciting book that can change your life

    The Me Project 21 Days to Living the Life You've Always Wanted Kathi Lipp © 2011 Harvest House Publishers ISBN 978-0-7369-2566-0 (pbk) 202 pp. plus project planner My first thought, on reading this title: "Oh, no, not another pop psychology 'self-esteem' tell-yourself-how-wonderful-you-are book". Such writing is SO contrary to God's commands to live as servants who are greatly loved by God, the source of true self-esteem. Then I read the Table of Contents. What a pleasant surprise. Plus, every single chapter stresses, "Listen for God, hear Him and obey what He wants for your life." A few times in my book reviewing career, I've run into book about which I could not be positive. A few times, also (four to be exact) I've also reviewed books about which I become extra excited. Strangely, three of those books have surfaced in the last two months. And The ME Project is one of them. Not only am I reviewing this book, I am DOING what Kathi Lipp advises. The book begins with readers planning a 'bucket list' of goals, fifty things we deeply desire to do. However, each item must be open to God's directions and help. Readers also must be flexible if God changes the list. Too often, we accomplish far less than God intends for our lives because we believe our excuses, fail to plan and fail to work our plans in logical ways. The author gives encouraging motivation and directions for becoming all God wants for us. She writes about finding time for new projects, being accountable and being aware of what can hold us back. Other issues include how to stay joyful about tasks, finding mentors and celebrating successes. The ME Project has charts, tools and resource lists for keeping on track. Easy to read and follow, the book is a delight that can open us to richer lives. Kathi Lipp's other books include The Marriage Project and The Husband Project.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    A Fun Book for Energizing Your Life

    I picked up The Me Project at the perfect time. I've been needing some encouragement to set goals and make progress in several areas of my life, and this book was like sitting down with a Life Coach, one who's ready to cheer me on.

    Kathi Lipp's writing style is fun and energetic, and she gave me all kinds of tips to help get me started on new paths. I enjoyed how the book is divided into 21 projects, with checklists, that are tangible reminders of how small steps can lead toward big dreams getting accomplished.

    The Me Project would be a great resource for women's book clubs and church groups, since one of the main points Kathi Lipp makes is that friends can hold you accountable as you make progress toward your goals.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    It's All About Me!

    Gotta get it done and check it off my list! Just picked up the book and read it through. Kathi is great at communicating and her writing style is very personal. It feels like you are sitting on the phone with her or at coffee chatting about life. Looking forward to starting it with some girlfriends. I think that's the hardest part is finding someone to do it with. Otherwise, it's really great!!!! I love her template/planner in the back.
    Looking forward to checking off those life goals!

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    This Book Encourages You to Live Your Dream

    I just read the first chapter of The Me Project by Kathi Lipp. God has interesting ways to speak to my heart and He used The ME Project to speak volumes to me. I cried through the whole first chapter because it was everything I needed to hear from Him. So often I become overwhelmed not only with the ordinary stuff of life, but also what God has called me to. There is a temptation to give up the dream He has placed in my heart. Yet, at the same time I know if I do a part of me will die with it...Thanks for your words, Kathi. It only took the beginning of your book for God to fan the flame of my dream again. If chapter one spoke this heavily to me--I can only imagine what the rest will be like.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    You HAVE TO READ IT!

    Do you ever pick up a book on your way to bed and think "I'm so tired, I'll just read the first chapter and read more tomorrow", only to find yourself at midnight still reading the book?

    That very thing happened to me with Kathi Lipp's newest book, The Me Project. Like Kathi's other two books, (The Husband Project and The Marriage Project) The Me Project is a 21-day guide to "Living the Life You've Always Wanted". In the book, Kathi encourages you to write down all your hopes and dreams and then pray asking God to help you bring those dreams to fruition and then in the same journal you write down all the ways God did just that.

    Kathi has you pick one dream and spend some concentrated time in the next 3 weeks working to complete your dream along with a friend or two. Because I'm so not a "rule follower", I have thought of 4 friends and really who says I can't have more than a friend or two join me?

    During the 3 weeks, you will be talking/emailing, chatting, texting your friends and letting them know how you're doing on your project and also encouraging her in her project because it isn't all about me.

    I can't wait to get started on this. And I think you should do it too, so go get your book, grab some friends and watch God make your dreams a reality.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

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    Just What I Needed!

    This book is just what I needed! As a stay-at-home mom of three kids, I realized that somewhere along the line, I let the stuff "for me" slip to a certain extent. (Even owning a book with this title felt a little self-indulgent at first!) As a former business owner, I love plans, goals, concrete action steps. In the course of my previous "work days," I had very defined times for things - including my daily latte break! As a fulltime "housewife," it seems that the list of things to-do is really endless and doesn't leave time for my personal goals unless I build that in on purpose. Kathi's approach in this book weaves together the necessary ingredients for successfully chasing dreams and tackling goals: prayer and time in God's Word, permission to dream big (or small!), concrete action steps, and always a dose of humor! God has made us with dreams and talents and hearts longing to express who He has designed each of us to be in Christ. There's nothing more energizing than giving yourself permission to be ALL of who God made you to be, and "The Me Project" will really bless you and guide you as you take daily steps in the direction of your heart.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    If you're looking for a tipping point, this is it...

    This book is for those of us (all of us) living real lives - the first line says it all: Is it possible to have a real life and pursue a dream at the same time? Yes! If you've ever longed to accomplish something that seems enormous and impossible; if you've looked at yourself in the mirror every morning and thought: I could be someone different, but I don't know how to get there - this book is for you. If you've ever dreamed of being, doing, trying something new, something different, yet you feel as if the daily mundane were shackling you to your current state - this book is for you. This book is about that one step, that one shift, that one tipping point that changes everything.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    Mission Possible- must have

    This book is a must have for anyone seeking to discover their true purpose in life. I read this book twice in one day and now my friends are ready to tackle the projects. I love this book because it's complete possible to complete the daily projects and have fun while doing it. This book had me laughing, crying, and taking notes all at once. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

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    good plan to help your life

    As on the back of the book "It's Time to Pursue Your Dreams". This book has details on a way that you or me can fulfill our goals and dreams in a three week project. No matter what they may be. It is a daily manual in which to help you alone the way. Most everyone has so many things going on with their families and work that they forget them selves and what God has in store for us. We need to take a few minutes each day for ourselves, that is what Kathi is trying to portray here. God has a plan for all of us we just need to sit still for a minute and listen, maybe a few minutes in the morning or late at night or even on your lunch hour, we will be a better person for it.

    This book is laid out in order that we may get ready for the challenge and each day it takes us step by step how to go through it. I gives us thought for each day and at the end of that chapter there is a place for us to write what we learned or thought that day.

    Very interesting book that makes us look at ourselves each day instead of letting everyone else get in the way. I know we love our families and want to give them our all but then we do need something for ourselves.


    This book was sent to me by Kathy Carton Willis Communications for me to do my review and this tour.

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