Sometimes you begin a project somewhat on a lark, without understanding how much it is actually going to demand of you (and how much it is going to teach you).
For those who might not know, two weeks ago I released my latest book, “An Adult-ish Toolkit: 30 Things I Have Learned in 30 Years.” It’s a book where I share all of the little pieces of wisdom that I have picked up over the years, on topics from body image to why you should celebrate your birthday to how to manage and maintain friendships.
I don’t remember exactly when I came up with the idea of a writing project in honor of my thirtieth birthday, but I am pretty sure that the idea started out much more casual then the end result turned out to be. Perhaps I would write a blog post. Or a short little essay to send out to my email list.
What did I end up writing? Over 30,000 words detailing the philosophies about how I try to live my best life.
I often didn’t even realize that I had such strong opinions on certain topics until I started writing on those particular topics. For example, my chapter “You Don’t Have to Finish Reading a Book You Don’t Like” ended up revealing a lot of strong feelings I have about how we value our time and also about how “classics” are thought of and taught. I have multiple chapters on friendship and how we interact with the people in our lives. I share my thoughts on food and cooking, exercise, finances, and why you really should make your bed every morning (not that I always do).
The book is broken down into thirty chapters, and I intentionally tried to keep the chapters down to just a few pages each. Because one of the things I have a strong opinion on is that none of us have a lot of free time these days, and I wanted this book to be actually be useful to people. In order to be useful, people need to actually be able to get through it. So even if you don’t think of yourself as a big reader trust me, you will be able to take this book just one chapter at a time and be able to get a lot out of it.
One of the things that I love about writing is that I often feel like I am writing equally for myself and for my readers. I learned a lot about myself and what’s important to me while I was writing this book, but I also wrote it because I want to help others to live their best lives. We all have things that we have had to learn the hard way, but the beauty of that is being able to share those lessons with others so that it can be a little easier for them than it was for us. As I say in the book’s introduction, “this is my love letter to everyone else out there who is just struggling to sort things out.”
This book turned out to be so much more than I had originally planned it to be, but I couldn’t be prouder of the end result. It forced me to dig deep about what I think, how I live, and who I want to be. Hopefully it will strike a chord with others out there, as well.
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