Friday, January 23, 2015

A Glamorously Unglamorous Life

"When I was 22, I hopped on a plane to New York City, off to pursue my destiny and sure that I'd never look back.  This is my story of looking back.  Of a journey that took a whole new meaning and purpose.  A year in New York City.  A year of discovering the best and worst parts of myself.  A year of learning the lessons that you can only learn the hard way."

If I had to pick one book to recommend to Millennials preparing to graduate college, relocate to a new city, or standing on the precipice of making a major life change, it would be A Glamorously Unglamorous Life by Julia Albain.  The book's format of combining personal journal entries with written reflection flows seamlessly, creating a story that is both inspirational and entertaining. The first time I read this book, I was struggling with the decision to change my major at college and whether or not I was prepared to start all over from the beginning. Julia's story played a large part in convincing me to go with my gut, and her positive spin on challenging situations is something that I'm always working to apply in my own life.  Now that I'm in my final semester and graduation is quickly approaching, I thought it would be interesting to return to the book that played such a big role in fixing my mental headspace when I needed it most.  And while so many of its words have stuck with me over the years, I found another line in the book that really stood out this go-around:

"What does this moment have potential for?  We may not be exactly where we want to be in terms of career, relationships, financial assets, etc; but the moment we are in most certainly may be the launching point for something greater."

This is so relevant to where I am in life right now.  Being 24 years old and a 6th year college senior, I often compare myself to those who are younger and far more successful than I might ever become. It's just one perk of my wonderful, hypercompetitive personality.  So when I read Julia's discussion of not obsessing over the here and now, but looking outward to see where the here and now can take us, it resonated.

The book isn't perfect.  This was her first work, and as an independently-published book, it has some grammatical errors that could be bothersome to those who aren't willing to look beyond the imperfections and enjoy a good story.  However, if you are willing to look beyond its flaws, you may find that this short and easy read is as imperfectly perfect as life is glamorously unglamorous.

You can buy A Glamorously Unglamorous Life here and here.

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