self help journey… meets Marianne Power After her travels, Marianne is back home – and lost. Can following the rules of a different self-help book each month for a year change her life? Why did you set off on this journey of self help? After I got back from my American adventure last year I fell into a slump. I knew I didn’t want life to go back to how it had been but I didn’t know how to make it better without jumping on a plane. So I did what I always do when I’m at a crossroads, I picked up a self-help book. Self-help books are an embarrassing weakness of mine; I find them as comforting as chocolate cake and crap TV. They make me see a world that could be bigger and better than the one I’m living. The problem is, I never do what they say; this is why my life doesn’t change – I’m always broke, anxious, single. After reading a book called ‘How to Stop Worrying and Start Living’, I had the idea that for one year I would live, sleep and breath self help and do everything they tell me to do.