For Vicki Todd, her paintings are what define her life: the failures, the path she took to realize her calling, and her response to the calling itself. Kirkus Reviews calls Unstuck a “sunny motivational fare” that has a “unique angle on the realizing-your-purpose genre.” Unstuck aims to encourage others to discover the beauty of attaining happiness within themselves.
Todd’s autobiographical, motivational book provides a short guide to finding the right vocation in life. The author begins with a quote from Deepak Chopra: “If you could be anything in life, no fear, no obstacles, what would that be?” The author’s answer is simple: she would be an artist. And while that answer seems simple enough, Todd goes on to outline how getting to such a position has been a lifelong process. From living four-plus years as a nonworking wife to earning a doctorate and teaching at the college level, her path to following her dream has not been a direct or easy one. As she explains, “I’ve discovered that once you’ve realized your Purpose in life and who your True Self is supposed to be, it’s really difficult to ignore that little voice inside your heart always urging and pulling you toward your life’s Path.” Combining her paintings and text from corresponding life events, the author reveals the ways she has tried, and sometimes failed, to shape her life the way she wanted it. The paintings tend to feature women with long gazes, such as “Inner Beauty Blooming,” which shows a bright pink flower with a female face at the center of the petals. Such pictures...give the book a unique angle on the realizing-your-purpose genre...The entire affair is brief and full of such optimism. A worksheet at the end allows readers to more thoroughly examine their own paths. The cheerfulness is contagious if simplistic. Sunny motivational fare.
This is a fabulous book for anyone wondering about how to find and then live their life’s purpose. There’s clarity, encouragement, straightforward advice, and lots of common sense. The artwork has its own simple but elegant clarity and adds a deep dimension to the book and life story.
Participate in the transformation of a woman as she grows and progressively becomes more and more of who she was meant to be, one painting at a time.