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Today is August 15th, which means it’s time to link up with the Modern Mrs. Darcy for Quick Lit! That’s the reading component of “what I’m reading and writing.” In the writing part I’ll share my favorite blog posts of the last month, any freelance writing I’ve done, and what my writing projects and goals look like for the next 30 days. So let’s get to it!
- The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do (A No F*cks Given Guide), by Sarah Knight — Some people have spirit animals, but can Sarah Knight be my spirit person? If you are an overachiever, a people-pleaser, a push-over, or any other person who sometimes does things you don’t want to do with people you don’t like during the time you don’t have, then you need to read this book. In case you don’t believe me and need more reason to read this not just hilarious but actually practical book. An excerpt, in order to impress upon you the necessity of giving it a read:
[W]hen I stopped giving a fuck about going to baby showers–an activity I positively loathe–I gained untold Sunday afternoons of freedom!
And all that time I save by not going to baby showers? Well, first, I pour myself a double shot of Patron, and then it’s only a few clicks on Giggle.com to order a shiny new breast pump for the mother-to-be, after which I raise a glass to my college roommate’s Cabo Wabo Spring Break ’98 wet T-shirt contest-winning boobs.
Fare thee well, ladies! “
- 20-Something, 20-Everything: A Quarter-life Woman’s Guide to Balance and Directionby Christine Hassler — I really wanted to like this book. It would have been nice to put an end to my quarter-life crisis after just 313 pages of reading, but alas, I did not find much help from this book. It’s not a bad book though. It’s well-written, has stories from a bunch of real 20-something women, and contains the tale of the author’s own quarter-life crisis. I just felt like it didn’t say anything new to me. Also, some of it felt a little too touchy-feely woo-woo for me. But my threshold for too touchy-feely is pretty low, so I definitely think some people would really dig this book. (If you are familiar with Myers-Briggs, then all you need to know there is that I am an INTJ.)
- Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, by Michael Pollan — If you enjoyed Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, then you should definitely read this much shorter companion as well, as it gives you actionable advice on how to overhaul your eating and grocery shopping habits. If you haven’t read anything of Pollan’s before, I would definitely recommend at least reading In Defense of Food first.
- I actually read this book on my flight home from the Ancestral Health Symposium in Boulder, CO, and it was a great way to finish up the trip. While many of the people at AHS were very Paleo/primal, and Pollan and I both tend to favor plant foods a bit more, Pollan and the Ancestral Health Society do share an emphasis on the importance of eating real, minimally processed food. And I definitely needed a reminder to eat less processed food, as my eating habits have been in a bit of a downward spiral lately. I made a very Pollan-approved trip to the grocery store today in order to restock our fridge after 10 days away.
- I am also currently reading The Martian, by Andy Weir, but I will save my review of that for next month!
Now, onto Part 2…
- First thing’s first–my favorite Worrier posts from the last month!
- I wrote about my love for personality tests a while back, but more recently I wrote about using the Ennegaram for personal development.
- One of my most honest posts to date, which was also one of the most stressful to write, was called The Financially Dependent Creative. I wrote about how I am still financially dependent, even though I work 2 jobs–both of which are extremely non-creative–plus freelance, and how I feel both guilty and stressed about this current status of mine.
- Ok, so my post on travel anxiety isn’t new, but it was on my mind a lot while I traveled around Utah and Colorado for the last 10 days.
- Over at Truity, I had a piece published at the beginning of the month entitled The Need for Caution in Personality Neuroscience, in which I put my neuroscience education to work for the first time since graduation!
- I was over-the-moon to have a piece published by The Financial Diet on which foods are worth the organic price-tag and which ones are not. This was a personal success for me as I’ve been reading TFD’s blog and following them on every branch of social media for at least a year now, and I just love everything that they’re doing. (They’re working on a book as we speak, so you can bet that it will appear in one of these posts once it’s published.)
If you’re a writer, what would be your dream blog to write for? Does anyone have any good books for a 20-something having a quarter-life crisis to read? (I’m asking for a friend…?) And don’t forget to head over to Modern Mrs. Darcy to see what everyone else is reading!