“The Things I Used to do to Sneeze!: How to Live an Authentic Life is a self-exploration book on defining your personal truth and living an authentic life”; aesthetically, emotionally, spiritually, relationally, financially, professionally and parentally. Using the comparison of Monica’s own love of the sensation of sneezing, to that of “sensations” sought after in life, readers are taken on a journey of self-discovery, beginning with the identification of desires and understanding of personal values, to live the most authentic, purposeful and fulfilled life possible.
With so many suggested ways to live our lives, from what kind of cars we should drive to what kind of careers are best, the noise has gotten out of control. Our craving for the sensation of attention, acceptance, and the envy of others has caused us to trade our basic core values for those of society’s. The result, unhappiness, increased prescriptions for anti-depressants, money envy, jealousy, self-loathing, paranoia, and a general feeling that more is always better. And, all of these things are done under the guise of “happiness”. The Things I Used to do to Sneeze will assist readers in determining their life’s vision and then embarking on a path to a more authentic and fulfilling journey, after a reflection on self.
Monica will share her own personal challenges and triumphs after having lived in the “Land of Make Believe” for many years. She knows, first hand, what the negative impacts of conforming your values to meet those of mainstream can be. While sensations like acceptance, the envy of others and pride are often achieved through a compromise of values, the cost to our soul is high. In this state of conformity, individual purpose is lost. Now living a more honest life in the “Land of Authenticity and Truth”, realizing a more authentic path and achieving higher levels of success, Monica is sharing this message with the world.
About The Author:
Monica Cost is a Pathfinder, Strategist, Author of the authentic living book, The Things I Used to do to Sneeze, and speaker. Her mission is simple, to create value-aligned lives for professionals, entrepreneurs and personalities, both personally and professionally through workshop facilitation, brand strategy development, entertainment and keynote speeches.
Her authentic approach, vision and ability to execute in the areas of brand strategy, conversation facilitation, professional development and communications has enabled her to work with such personalities as Meagan Good, Kenny Lattimore, NeNe Leakes, Isaiah Washington, Melyssa Ford and Kevon Edmonds, to name a few. In addition, Monica is a highly sought after speaker for organizations such as Reebok, Odyssey Business Retreat, The Trumpet (Awards) Foundation, The TJX Companies, Prudential, John Hancock, JP Morgan, Ernst & Young, State Street Corporation; as well as other organizations like, Harvard University, The Partnership, Inc., the National Urban League, The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the One Family Campaign and The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Southern New Jersey Chapter, among others.
Monica has been recognized by the Boston Business Journal with the prestigious 40 Under 40 Award, by the Boston Globe, Girl Scouts' with the Leading Woman Award. In addition, she was interviewed and featured in The History Makers project.