Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"Happy Friday Life" by Karen L. K. Picard

Happy Friday Life
by Karen L. K. Picard

Happy Friday Life by Karen L. K. Picard is currently on tour with Enchanted Book Promotions. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

What is the greatest gift of all? Happiness, Health, and Hope.
In March 2009, a weekly heartfelt text message called Happy Friday H.F:) was created. Happy Friday Life features 52 thought provoking poetic inspirations. A weekly motivation initially intended as a reminder to family and friends that life is only as good as you make it; the choice is yours to be better. Never allow the weight of negativity to crush your saving Grace. Staying positive in a world filled with chaos is your only option. Most importantly your life matters!
My goal is to empower, enlighten and impact your soul, fulfilling you with self–discovery and personal growth. I hope my life’s work will positively impact the world and deeply touch each reader as if the Happy Friday :) message is written just for them. This book is created from my heart, embellished thoughts and everlasting pen. Where your imagination takes you is a reflection of you.
If you find even one poetic inspiration that brightens your day, my purpose is fulfilled. I hope you find your "Happy".
Karen L. K. Picard


Even the beauty of nature, beholds and embraces, individual uniqueness. Yet when integrated allows an extraordinary display of unity.
H.F :)

[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
"Absolutely inspirational words and artwork. A wonderful daily reflection. It encourages one to reflect on their own life. Thank you for writing this book for all to share." ~ Amazon Customer

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
Happy Friday Life is a collection of 52 heartfelt, poetic inspirations - one for every Friday of the year. The book is based on the Happy Friday :) text message service, which began in March 2009 and is designed to provide weekly motivation and foster positivity.
The inspirations focus mainly on the themes of optimism, love, courage, hope, and confidence. The thoughts are quite deep and will definitely give you something to ponder. A beautiful photograph or illustration accompanies each inspiration.
Some of my favorites:
"If you lose yourself in something you love, are you actually lost? Or are you just so caught up in 'happy,' that you choose not to be found?"
"Allow not your life’s diary, compiled with your innermost thoughts, hopes & dreams to become that of a fictional story book left only for the pages & ink to explore. Make it happen! After all, by capturing them, you might even end up with your own happily ever after."
The number of editing errors in this small volume is disconcerting, especially given the low word count. In addition, some of the inspirations aren't phrased very well, making them difficult to understand. I found myself having to re-read each one at least twice, sometimes more.
Although it can be read in one sitting, Happy Friday Life is probably best savored over the course of an inspirational year. It would also make a nice gift for someone in need of encouragement or a bit of cheering up.

About the Author
Karen L. K. Picard is the creator and author of Happy Friday Life. Since 2009 she has written over 300 thought provoking, poetic inspirations. These inspirations were initially intended for her children, family and close friends to help guide their daily lives past constant negativity that surrounds our world today. Her insights into the human spirit through her poetic inspirations have expanded to the masses throughout the past seven years thanks to social media. Today, Happy Friday :) inspirations can be delivered directly to your email inbox or cell phone via text message.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Karen received a crash course in cultural diversity and human behavior. These experiences have guided her passion for sharing with the world "We all matter" and we all have the choice to be better. She decided to move from Milwaukee to a quaint community over 30 years ago where she started a family and began to read positive, affirming materials. Having grown up with an appreciation for nature and living fully, Karen wanted to share her philosophy but found that she felt challenged with the application of grammar and composition, not feeling prepared to write a manuscript. By putting her inspirations to paper in 2009, she began to realize that what flowed through her with increased intensity was a gift that she could not contain. Over 53 years of life, she raised two amazing children, had multiple businesses, continued her education, and has met some extraordinary people. Now, with years of self-discovery and personal growth, Karen hopes her life’s work will not only empower, but in some small way impact the world and deeply touch each reader as if the Happy Friday :) message is written just for them. Karen’s statement of purpose is, "If the thoughts and words I write, touch but one, my purpose has been fulfilled."

Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of Happy Friday Life by Karen L. K. Picard OR a bottle of Enthrall Body Oils & Perfumes signature scent OR "Dusk Till Dawn" or seasonal aromatic scent.