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"Warm, honest and true - A Woman Makes a Plan is full of insight as well as a good dose of humor, offering readers a lifetime of hard-won advice." (Diane Von Furstenberg)

The international supermodel shares personal stories and lessons learned from a life of "living dangerously - carefully"

Maye Musk is a fashionable, charming, jet-setting supermodel with a fascinating and tight-knit circle of family and friends - and is 71 years old. But things were not always so easy or glamorous - she became a single mom at 31, struggling through poverty to provide for her three children; dealt with weight issues as a plus-size model and overcame ageism in the modeling industry; and established a lifelong career as a respected dietitian, all the while starting over in eight different cities across three countries and two continents. But she made her way through it all with an indomitable spirit and a no-nonsense attitude to become a global success at what she calls the "prime of her life."

As everyone who follows her obsessively on social media knows, Maye is a fount of frank and practical advice on how the choices you make in every decade can pay off in surprising, exciting ways throughout your life. In A Woman Makes a Plan, Maye shares experiences from her life conveying hard-earned wisdom on career (the harder you work, the luckier you get), family (let the people you love go their own way), health (there is no magic pill), and adventure (make room for discovery, but always be ready for anything). You can't control all that happens in life, but you can have the life you want at any age. All you have to do is make a plan.

©2019 Maye Musk (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"I have long admired Maye Musk as both a model and a woman. She has inspired so many throughout her career, and her invaluable wisdom and insight come to life on each page of this book." (Karlie Kloss)

"Warm, honest, and true - A Woman Makes a Plan is full of insight as well as a good dose of humor, offering readers a lifetime of hard-won advice. Maye Musk is a woman In Charge who knows life is full of surprises, and owns it all!" (Diane Von Furstenberg)

"Stunning beauty Maye Musk is living proof that a healthy diet is the foundation for a fun vibrant, active, energetic life." (Christie Brinkley)

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An amazing gift for the new decade!

Listening to Maye Musk read her newest book, “A Woman Makes a Plan,” is like a long call from a dear friend, full of the best advice. Sharing the difficulties she faced, rebuilding her life again and again until she succeeded beyond what she imagined as a supermodel at age 69, a successful speaker, and now best-selling author.

Maye Musk humbly and generously shares her life as a single working mom with three young children just a year apart in age. She shares how she finally escaped a physically and emotionally abusive husband, all while moving to new cities and new countries to begin again.

Readers will gain some insight into how she grew her nutrition counseling business (in two countries!) And, how she, her children, and many others helped each other along the way.

Maye’s childhood was filled with adventure, which is how the family came to live in South Africa. After listening to a bit of the audio, I knew I needed to own the book (it has color photos embedded in the pages and is a delight to hold in the hand), and I bought the electronic version so I could take notes for reference.

There were times my eyes tears up and many moments I laughed out loud:

While counseling an acquaintance who lost her job, Maye asked her what she had done about it.

“She sent it out to the universe to provide. I said, sending out a resume could be better.”

This book is a delightful read and no doubt will make an exciting adventure movie. For those in a bad situation, reading Maye Musk’s book, “A Woman Makes a Plan,” will give you the courage to begin again.

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mixed bag

I'm reminded of the movie Better Off Dead where Monique "teaches" how to ski by saying something like, "Go downhill very fast, and if something gets in your way: turn." Maye's "guidance" is over-simplified and generalized to a fault where most of the book is appropriate for middle schoolers. That being said, I enjoyed her anecdotes very much. I gave 4 stars for performance due to her voice not having much animation; it's rather robotic, even in the few humorous parts.

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Must read

Yes, I picked up this book because it’s Elon’s Mum. What does it take to raise a genius? Apparently good genes but love and support brings genius to it’s full potential and realization. I’ve learnt about living dangerously carefully, taking chances, being a better mom, being a better person. Being fearless is stupid. Overcoming your fears is what makes you fierce. This woman is remarkable! She is intelligent, straightforward, beautiful inside and outside.
“A woman makes a plan” is refreshingly honest and humorous. A lovely read that endears you to the writer and her family.

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A MUST BUY!

Written by one of the strongest females to walk the face of this earth. Maye shares some of the greatest stories that can't be found anywhere else. Truly one of the most inspirational books I've ever bought! Congratulations and Happy New Year, Maye!

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Must read for every woman!

Maye Musk has an incredible and inspiring journey that cuts across races, cultures, and backgrounds. This book gives lifelong learning points.

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Boring

I thought the author’s upbringing was extraordinary. The rest of her life may also have been, but she kept insisting on being ordinary. She should not have read it herself either.

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Not what I expected, but that’s ok

Maye Musk is 100% authentic in her story. The fact that she’s narrating the book adds extra credibility. I was expecting more hard nosed business and strategy information and insight on her world famous son, Elon. But instead Maye gives real life accounts and tidbits for succeeding at any age.
Thanks Maye!

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An educational book, a good mother, tough woman.

Maye Musk endured a tough early life, a miserable marriage. But she is a successful model and nutritionIst. She managed to raise three children. Her story is impressive and remind me of my own mother, who were also strong and kind to me.

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My Future looks better

Maye musk is an amazing woman and has triumphed through so much. I feel inspired by her toughness and I look forward to my later years in life after listening to her story.

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Authentic nuggets of inspiration

A story of a graceful, beautiful woman's journey over decades in different cities and countries. Extremely easy to listen to her voice narrating these nuggets, it sermed like sipping coffee with her, and hearing it raw & real one on one. Loved the book - Maye Musk

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  • Suong
  • 05-05-22

What a beauty

I am very appreciated to find this book. There are so many bad things Maye been through her life. She is very positive & strong. What a beauty in her mind to think for other ladies too. There is a lot of things can learn in her story….

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  • Troetledeer
  • 04-09-22

Really grateful for Maye

Just the life experience I have been needing to hear about. A refreshing view point about aging that breaks through all the usual grumbles you hear from people at this age. I am really grateful for Maye and her experience. It's like advice from an older sister or Mom you have never had. There are so many key points I can draw from after having listened to this. Absolutely grateful!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-14-22

learn about life challenges

From my point of view that I had a beautiful experience and got more knowledge and express so many emotions that's was related to the same words that I've had heard from my mother as well. I want to say that this book is a gift for every woman who lost her mother/divorced /Had bad experiences /lost hope. This book teaches more about life. I loved it all and it just makes sense most of it. the sense of humour made a more glamorous story Thank you Maye Musk you are a treasure. God bless you.

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  • L. J. Adlington
  • 01-01-22

Very positive

I listened to this while I did my art I found it very inspiring and full of great advice. I very positive read

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  • anna
  • 11-25-21

Awesome read! A story of a brilliant woman!

Loved it! Thank you so much for sharing your story and being an incredible inspiration to so many young and mature women! If you are in your 20, 30 and 40s this is a must read.

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  • Erik
  • 05-14-21

Not what I was hoping for

I was hoping for an interesting story of this accomplished women’s life. I think there was so much depth to her life that could have been shared but was not. I only made it through the first hour and I was more of a how to beauty magazine. It sounds harsh but I could not finish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-21

Funny, honest and wise

Loved her optimism, her values and how funny she is and all her notable life wisdom.

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  • NEKTARIA POSPORI
  • 04-18-21

Pure inspiration!

I’ve felt inspired and energised from the first to the last minute! What a woman, when I grow up I want to be like Maye! :)

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  • 04-08-21

Lifted my spirits!

Wonderful, just wonderful! No nonsense, genuine, heartfelt advice from a woman worth looking up too. Her accounts of trauma as a young woman I found extremely relatable and her story of how she overcame them is inspiring. I feel like the daily angst I was feeling about my life being ruined already and now I was just getting older and heading downhill have been transformed. I feel lighter, happier and more optimistic. Thank you so much for sharing. We may never meet, but I feel like I have another mother in my pysche - a bright light and a warm glow of hope and love to get me through the dark times, and laugh with me through the joyful ones. An absolute treasure.

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  • Pali
  • 04-01-21

optimism and enthusiasm

Great book, so great to experiment the enthusiasm and optimism from Maye. we can learn so much from her. Hard work always wins.

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  • 05-18-22

Excellent Read

A very inspirational story. I highly recommend this for any woman afraid to start a new life & needing a confidence boost whilst wanting to read an entertaining story to divert their sad emotions.

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  • Michael
  • 04-06-22

inspiring

inspiring to listen to, changing my eating habits after listening to this haha
love her accent makes listening very familiar

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-25-22

fantastic

I really enjoyed this audio book, lots of great advice and comfort from an oler more experienced woman. Thank you Maye for passing on your wisdom.

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  • Desdemona
  • 01-21-22

It’s Okay

I admire Maye for her progress (her diet is interesting for a dietician).

But this advice is for people in their 70s.

I feel sad for her that she’s never been able to find love. But when you compromise yourself to keep the person you are with happy then love will remain elusive.

Not the book for me.

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  • Maria
  • 12-05-21

Inspiring ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

As a young woman I found this book to be raw, detailed and inspirational. It encompasses, at times, brutal honesty with the encouragement to keep going on with life -even if it’s not what you initially had planned. This is a fantastic audio book because the authors voice is also very soothing and calming. “It’s better to be interesting than beautiful” -Maye Musk.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-21

The book EVERY lady needs

I loved this-full of amazing empowering tips and anecdotes. I will be getting all the women in my life this book especially my girls and their friends. May the future generation of women be empowered to make a plan!

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  • 04-06-21

An Inspiring Book for Anyone

It's not surprising Maye Musk's children are all high achievers, having learned from the best "overcomer" never to give up. This woman is inspiring on so many levels and makes me much less afraid of the decades to come. Like Maye, I hope to make my best years the ones that are ahead of me.

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  • Jana Karen
  • 03-07-21

Really loved this book

Really loved this book so inspiring and a great reminder you are never to old to try something new!!

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  • Beverley
  • 02-18-21

Thank you Maye Musk

I listened to your book and could see myself in a lot of your ideas and thoughts. Also born in 1948, but still feeling like I’m in my 40’s your philosophy is the same as mine. My mother always taught me “waste not, want not”. I think that came from living through a World war when you really appreciated everything you had.
Thank you Maye, you have truly lifted my Spirits.