zaterdag 23 november 2013

20-Something, 20-Everything: A Quarter-life Woman's Guide to Balance and Direction - Christine Hassler (Boek)

The mid-20s through the mid-30s can be a time of difficult transition: the security blanket of college and parents is gone, and it's suddenly time to make far-reaching decisions about career, investments, even adult identity. When author Christine Hassler experienced such a quarter-life crisis, she found that she was not alone. In fact, an entire generation of young women is questioning their choices, unsure if what they’ve been striving for is what they really want. They're eager to set a new course for their lives, even if that means giving up what they have.
Hassler herself left a fast-moving career that wasn't right for her and instead took the risk of starting her own business. Now, based on her own experience and interviews with hundreds of women, she shares heartfelt stories on issues from career to parents to boyfriends to babies. Yet she provides practical exercises, too, to enable the woman of today to chart a new direction for her own life.

From the Inside Flap

"Christine Hassler is a very honest and extremely wise woman. This wonderful book shows us how to transform fear and confusion into courage and wisdom. An inspiring and hopeful guide about knowing who you are and believing in yourself enough to go after your dreams. This generation is lucky to have such an authentic voice to offer guidance through this journey called life. I highly recommend it!" — Sandy Grason, author of Journalution
"Almost every woman I know (including me) has gone through a quarter-life crisis in her life so it’s important for young women to realize that they are not alone. This book will serve as a valuable resource for 20-something women to determine their weaknesses and strengths and then to apply those discoveries toward realizing their dreams in life." — Jane Buckingham, author of The Modern Girl’s Guide to Life

Timeless and insightful, 20-Something 20-Everything is a must read guide for women in their 20s to create inner balance and take responsibility for their life choices." — Tracy McWilliams, author of Dress to Express

"Christine Hassler has created a series of extremely valuable exercises to help women in their twenties evaluate their personal, financial and career choices. Whether you are a confused, frantic or amazingly satisfied 20-something woman, this book can help you to get on (or stay on!) the path to success." — Jennifer Todd, film producer for Austin Powers and If These Walls Could Talk

"Written straight from the heart of the author, this book invites you women to examine that which defines them. A wonderful guide, 20-Something, 20-Everything is filled with practical and uplifting direction."

— Sophie Parienti, editor in chief of Yogi Times

When I was in high school, I was convinced that my life was Utterly and Complete Over if I hadn't finished college and moved out by twenty one and found the Ultimate Love of my Life by twenty-four, and become powerful and successful by twenty-eight

I picked this up recently, on the eve of my twenty-fifth birthday. I'm a college senior (life required me to take a little longer getting through college) looking at three more long years of schooling (and a small bankworth of debt) before I could embark on my chosen career in the law. I'd had one relationship that ended terriably, and while my current relationship is going much better, after ten months my mother had already begun to put a lot of pressure on me about it (which was counterproductive). Turning twenty five was giving me panic attacks and I thought there was something seriously wrong with me.

Nothing, as it turns out, remotely so serious and this book has been very helpful in working through what I want, what I think, what to do with all the expectations the world and I have put on myself. It has a lot of journaling exercises, which I like, although the early chapters of the book are so crammed through with them that, since I like to read and work in the order presented, had me reading a page and a half, then spending half an hour doing a journal exercise, then reading a page and a half, then doing ANOTHER journal sort of broke up my thought process while I was reading, and I'd have given the book a full five stars if it had the exercises laid out more sensibly, say, giving you a few to work on between chapters instead of hitting you with one so frequently in the early going.
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