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15 Minute Pause

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15 Minute Pause Book Reviews

Literary Award Winner 1st place in Self-Help - 2019 Readers Views
Award Finalist in Self-Help & Motivational category - 2018 Best Book Awards
by American Book Fest

“15 Minute Pause is a thoughtful, insightful guide that compels you to living a more joy-filled life in simple, easy steps. In a world where our “to do” lists are growing exponentially and our lives are filled with 24/7 opportunities and challenges, the messages conveyed in this book are more important now than ever. “

Judy Seidenstein, Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion Duke University School of Medicine

“Burke…and deSilva offer a simple solution; a pause…activities are quick and fit easily into a 15 minute pause, allowing readers to take a break from the stresses of work and family.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A motivational manual explains how readers can take back control of their lives 15 minutes at a time…. “Activities are quick and fit easily into a 15-minute pause, allowing readers to take a break from the stresses of work and family to analyze the decisions they made in the previous 30 days or to take the Life Energy Inventory. Burke and de Silva write in a clear, soothing prose that always sounds reasonable: “When we don’t value ourselves enough to put us on our own to do list, or find time to prioritize our needs alongside our other demands, then stress levels invariably increase and wellbeing decreases.”

Kirkus Reviews

“15 Minute Pause is a loving opportunity to take inventory and get real. This wise book makes personal work accessible. In a short period of time, one can easily return to their core and find a doable way to live an awake and joyful life. This book is a gift.”

Kelly Kagan Law, PhD., MFT.

“Keeping to a simple 15 minute practice is a very powerful and manageable life strategy.”

Ryan, Yoga Practitioner

Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite – 5 stars

“Michelle Burke and Lilamani de Silva’s motivational self-help book, 15 Minute Pause: A Radical Reboot for Busy People, offers readers unlimited potential and opportunities for growth and joy, and it all starts with only 15 minutes a day. I was most impressed with the ideas presented in this workbook, and enjoyed working through the chapter-end Reflection sections. Each aspect of their work is clearly presented, and their suggestions make it easy for anyone to feel engaged and involved with making their lives more joyful and fulfilling. The authors’ writing style is smooth and conversational, making it feel as though they are working directly with you, making 15 Minute Pause: A Radical Reboot for Busy People a highly recommended read.

“15 Minute Pause is the right message at the right time for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, stressed or just too busy to take time for yourself. This playbook provides practical easy steps to have more joy in your life.”

Laurie Graham King, TV Host, Celebrity Fashion Stylist

 “For many people, life has gotten so busy that they can’t afford to make time for a half-hour lunch break, let alone hours for meditation, exercise, rest, and leisure activities . . . Burke (The Compass and the Clock, 2002, etc.) and debut author de Silva offer a simple solution: a pause. They define this pause “as a sacred time-out for ourselves . . .one we all can benefit from.”

Reviewed by Kimberly Luyckx for Reader Views (Jan. 2019)

“15 Minute Pause – A Radical Reboot for Busy People” is more than a guide for creating time to restore, it is a playbook on how to live life more intently all day long…the authors are effective in explaining why the “pause” is important. One of my favorite quotes in the book is “joy-filled moments don’t add more to an already busy day, rather they make the busy day better”…We all need a reminder to do self-care. “15 Minute Pause” provides us with the reasons and resources to do so easily. Incorporating time for oneself is critical to life and feeds us with the stamina and exuberance to go to work each day, take care of others, and be involved in the community. Authors, Michelle Burke & Lilamani de Silva are experts in the field of business and how to get the most joy from life.Their backgrounds involve working with Fortune 500 companies and traveling the world to observe how other cultures get it right. In a nutshell, their dual knowledge is convincing and all-encompassing. This book is a keeper – one that I will definitely be using to evaluate my “me time” as the year progresses.”

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ReENERGIZE Your Life and JumpStart Self-care programs are based on Michelle Burke and Lilamani de Silva’s award-winning self-care book, 15 Minute Pause: A Radical Reboot for Busy People. Receiving 1st place in the Self-help category in 2018/2019 by Reader Reviews and was a finalist in the Self-help: Motivational category of the 2018 Best Book Awards. Michelle from California and Lilamani from New Zealand have worked together for 20 years. They have successfully developed and sold products for home, work and play including most recently Joy Cards.  Available on Amazon.

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