How I Shed My Baggage and Learned to Live Free
“While so many claim spirituality, Jennifer Monahan puts her life on the line to explore the meaning of living an authentic, courageous life. She reveals how and what her own spirit guides respond to the life questions she poses. She honestly exposes her personal tragedy, the sorrow of her life and her desire to escape the work needed to heal. In the end the reader knows they have partaken of a genuine search, a real journey.”CHARLENE JONES, M.ED/M.A., author of The Stain and Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind.
"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...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."CHRISTIAN SIA for Readers’ Favorite
I just finished reading your new book Where To? and loved it. There is something in your story and your life that gives me tremendous hope that I too can be fearless like you, trust the world and take that next step without needing to know the outcome. During the reading of your book and after, I find myself asking where is my courage to go and live my dream?~B.J.
“Jennifer Monahan takes us on a physical and spiritual journey as she explores new places and cultures and comes face-to-face with the baggage from her past. Filled with rich descriptions of Guatemalan life, shamanic practices and Jennifer’s own healing journey, WHERE TO? guides the reader to look inward and start his or her healing journey as well.”IRENE WEINBERG, host of Grief & Rebirth: Finding the Joy in Life and author of They Serve Bagels in Heaven: One couple’s story of love, eternity, and the cosmic importance of everyday life.
“Where To? is an empowering story about the author’s ongoing personal transformation. Jennifer’s descriptions are poetic and lyrical, transporting the reader through Guatemalan beauty as we cheer her courageous lifestyle filled with soul-driven authenticity. Her search for personal freedom and enlightenment helps guide readers towards an individual exploration of self. Wisdom abounds in the delightful sequel to This Trip Will Change Your Life, by this award-winning author.”REBECCA AUSTILL-CLAUSEN, award-winning author of Change Maker, How My Brother’s Death Woke Up My Life.
Sensational story...and captivating writing...Jennifer flawlessly narrates her story in a brazen, honest and inspiring way. Where To? is a travel memoir that will take its readers on a moving and memorable journey across many different countries. The author’s story of her journey is incredible, and unlike anything I have read before, and that is why I already have to recommend this excellent book...If you are a reader who adores travel memoirs or memoirs in general then Where To? is for you as it is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of reading. (Read more)
~Red Headed Book Lover
About the book
When Jennifer Monahan announced her intention to leave her well-established career as a business strategy consultant and give up her rent-controlled apartment in San Francisco to do a global walkabout for an undetermined amount of time, her friends and family thought she was insane. But Jennifer was excited about taking the time to truly explore and immerse herself in a variety of cultures, so their skepticism didn’t faze her; plus she was used to traveling alone as a woman with only one carry-on bag. What she didn’t count on was discovering all the excess baggage she had been carrying with her from her past.
WHERE TO? chronicles one year of Monahan’s life, primarily in the Guatemalan jungle, but also in Japan, Cambodia and Thailand. Living in a thatched-roof hut in a tiny village, Monahan connected with local shamans and participated in their ancient rituals, became fully integrated into the daily life of a local family, and ultimately faced down some of the greatest losses and long-buried pain she had experienced. WHERE TO? shares the six steps she took to heal and courageously create the life of her dreams, and includes a workbook for readers to do the same.
Available in paperback and e-book versions on Amazon; audio book coming soon!