There’s Someone I Want You To Meet. (LAC Book Review and a Free Book Giveaway!)

I want to set up a match.

You know, a little blind date. The one where your friends find someone for you that they KNOW is perfect for you.

Yes, you.

I want you to meet Jenny.

ABOUT YOU.

YOU: are insanely talented, fresh out of college or somewhere a few years into a job (or maybe you’re transitioning to a new career), and you are deftly maneuvering your way through inordinate learning curves and figuring out what life entails post-school.

Perhaps you feel as though your potential has barely been tapped, that there’s something unsettling about your current situation. Maybe your job isn’t quite the right fit. Maybe you tap your feet at the end of the day, itching for more to do, Maybe you’re not satisfied yet with the status quo and you want more. You know you want to figure out your life and your game plan, but you’re just not sure how.

You are somewhat stressed from time to time, wondering how to figure it all out. Perhaps you’re sometimes in need of a hug (I won’t tell anyone).

As with most people, parts of your life are amazing, but you need some help figuring out the other stuff. (Hello, Budget – what are you?). When your friends talk about 401K’s and BMW’s, you think, Holy Shit, I have debt – will I ever make it? Or perhaps you’re just unsure about making new friends and you’ve moved to a new city and you’re not sure what’s next.

What is next?

Have you figured out your own road map?

MEET JENNY.

About Jenny: Jenny’s story is pretty well-known (it’s really hard for famous people to actually go on blind dates, after all), but if you haven’t met her yet, start here.  If we describe her in words, let’s put a few big ones up there: Googler. Entrepreneur. Author. Friend. Personal-Development Guru. Cupcake Fanatic. Yoga Teacher. Vegas Heartthrob. (What? Who said that?). Yes, that’s right. She’s a Googler and Author who also takes Vegas by storm, her book and highlighter tucked away somewhere in her wonder-woman outfit and killer heels.

Jenny is a rockstar of our generation, and the author of a well-known blog, Life After College.  And now, she’s the author of a book by the same name: Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want. (Available on Amazon – launching March 29).  To read the story of the book development and Jenny’s documentation of writing, pitching, editing, and publishing a book, check our the book website, LAC Book.) And check out the book trailer if you care to.

WHY I THINK YOU’D BE A GOOD FIT.

Okay, but let’s focus on this date I want to set you up on.

When life hands you the hard stuff, what do you do?

Jenny Blake makes cupcakes. Actually, she’ll do more than give you a cupcake. She’ll give you a worksheet, cheer you on by the sidelines, dig deep for the good stuff, and then hand you a cupcake at the end with oodles of frosting that’s inevitably decorated as one-of-a-kind, just for you.

THIS BOOK IS YOUR PORTABLE LIFE COACH. This isn’t a book or a manual – it’s a friend in your pocket. Jenny’s heart and soul – and intricately connected network around the world – is layered in bite-sized information that’s enriching, captivating, and more importantly, eminently approachable. Jenny pulls you into her book by virtually sitting down at a cafe with you, chatting with you and making you feel right at home within the first few pages. The book weaves her stories and anecdotes with powerful (but beguilingly simple) templates, tips, tricks and tools for you to use to start changing your life – right now.

YOU DON’T NEED TO GO TO COLLEGE TO READ HER BOOK.  she could just title her blog “Life and everything in between,” and you’d probably find something you liked. A hundred somethings. Life After College is basically just Life. Anyone looking for guidance, coaching, or advice in creating the next big steps in life should check out this book.

THE LIFE PATH. For people in college and earlier, the life checklist is actually fairly straightforward. Go to school. Attend classes and do assignments. Make friends, maybe join some clubs.  At 16, you get your license. As a senior in high school, you apply to colleges or get a job. As college winds down, you collect your accolades, craft your resume, and crank your way through some interviews. And try to land a job.

And then what? For many – if not almost everyone – the life checklist sort of fades after we finally “get a job.”  We’ve made our lists up until this point, and then the list gets fuzzy.  For some people, they know they want to “move up” the career ladder, but they’re not sure how to do it – or, after they’ve worked for a while, why they want to do it at all.  Other people want to get married, have kids, — but this too, is something seemingly unattainable and dramatically harder in practice than in theory.

AFTER COLLEGE IS HARD. If you’re a twenty-something and you’re struggling through your first or second job, floundering in figuring out what you want to do, and generally having a lot of trouble making it through what was supposed to be ‘the best years of your life.’ – don’t worry.  You’re not alone.

Once we extricate ourselves from the cushy educational systems that provide for us, once we flee the nest and leave our parent’s homes, there isn’t really a good rulebook or toolkit that tells you how to get things done and where to go next. After college, there’s just an uncharted path, and not much in the way of support or guidance. Many people stumble along the way, overwhelmed by the enormity of all there is to figure out: from money (how much do I make? where does it go? how do I save? what should I spend it on?) to friends (wait, we don’t all live together anymore!) to the “big picture” of your life (what are my goals? what are my values? who do I want to be?) .

So, insert Jenny. Life After College – both the blog and the book – give you organized, practical tips and tricks for navigating your way through Life after college, and figuring out the steps you need to take to master money, happiness, friends, career, among many other ideas.

AND THE BEST THING? YOU CAN WRITE IN THE BOOK. It’s been many years (for me) since I graduated college, but I found myself writing all over the book as soon as I got it, filling out the notes and ideas I had for my life and realizing how much this organization system can apply to anyone, at anytime. Jenny’s next move should be making a set of books that records these processes over time – so that I can do these exercises every few years and map my progress over time! The book is easy to use because it is so wonderfully organized – and you can start from anywhere, reading whatever chapter calls out to you.

SO GO ON A FIRST DATE. (And the Giveaway!)

And by first date, I mean, read her book. Take the book out to lunch (What did you think I meant?) To make it easier, I’m giving a free copy of the book away to a lucky reader, to be randomly selected on April 3, 2011.

Here’s how you enter: Leave a comment before April 2, 2011, with the answer to one of the following questions:

What was the hardest moment for you after college?

If you could do ONE BIG THING in the next 2 years to change your life, what would you do and why would you do it?

 

 

 

14 Responses to There’s Someone I Want You To Meet. (LAC Book Review and a Free Book Giveaway!)

  1. Ruby says:

    I loved this review! It WOULD have convinced me to buy the book if I hadn’t already pre-ordered it and had it in my hot-little-hands as we speak! Woot!

    Great review- if I were to ever write a book, I would hope to have a killer review such as this one! I can’t wait to read more of your blog!

    • Ruby – Hi! Nice to meet you – thanks for the wonderful comments!! I’ll still enter you for the giveaway and I can send it to anyone you choose if you win :) As for the review, I think you should write a book! Then I can review it! (Or maybe we should BOTH write books – yes, I like this plan!)

    • Ruby – awesome! I’ll still enter you to win the book and you can send it to whoever you want if you win! And … good luck writing your book – I think you should do it!

  2. jennyblake says:

    Sarah! This is THE coolest review I have ever seen! You are incredible! I love the humor, detail, pictures — all of it. I swear, I’m going to print this, frame it, and hang it on my wall! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support — I am so happy that we’ve gotten back in touch through blogging! It’s so exciting to watch you move closer and closer toward your dreams too :D

    xoxo!!

    • Well miss JB, it’s easy to write about a great subject. I’m so glad that you liked it!! I had a lot of fun writing it — and reading your AWESOME book!!

      Okay, but really now, we live in the same state. One day this year we might actually see each other F2F…. although that’s still doubtful. There’s an equal probability that we’ll run into each other randomly in a different city, even though we live within 45 minutes of each other.

      Hope all is well! There’s nothing better than watching amazing friends kick ass. LOVE watching you!

  3. Matt Crespi says:

    Great post. You’ve got me intrigued. Though I will say, it took me a couple of paragraphs to figure out if you were pitching a book or trying to find a date for a friend. I’m actually still not 100% sure, maybe I should give you my number just in case.

    Anyway, let’s get to entering this contest of yours.

    “What was the hardest moment for you after college?”

    Hard to pick just one. Fresh out of college I took a big risk and went to work for a tiny company. About 6 months in, for a variety of reasons, I realized it wasn’t going to work out long term. Scrambling to figure out what I was going to do shattered any remaining notions that life was going to keep being a straight line (as it is in school). In the following 5 months I did about 5 years of growing up.

    • It’s a date with the book, not with Jenny, unfortunately. But you’d definitely enjoy the book!!

      PS – I think big risks are the best. You learn the most and get somewhere better quick, because you figure out what you want. Playing it safe doesn’t move you towards awesome.

      • Matt Crespi says:

        Agreed. If you play it right, life is a monotonic risk-reward system. Still, sometimes it’s hard to take those risks. A lot of candidates for my “hardest moment after college” were totally worthwhile leaps to take, but risky and difficult nonetheless.

        I feel like “Playing it safe doesn’t move you towards awesome” should be the title of your next post, or at least hanging in a few offices someplace.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Great review!! Very captivating. Regarding this contest, I’m not done with college yet, so I can’t honestly answer that question. I will, however, modify it and make it fit my life.

    The hardest part about college, currently, IS figuring out what I am going to do AFTER. I have to go to school full time and simultaneously look for a job, work on my resume, network, and hopefully set something up. Sheesh.

    If I could do one big thing in the next two years, I would travel and meet people and learn and experience other cultures. I am unsure as to whether or not it fits into my plans, time-wise or financially, but I would love to try!

    Again, great review, keep it up!!

    • Hi LilSIs! Love you bunches. Thanks for checking out the site from time to time!! I will enter you in the running. :) AND – yes, definitely travel and explore, LOTS. It will help you make better decisions by giving you lots of new information.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Love the energy in this review, SP.

    >What was the hardest moment for you after college?

    Hmm.. I guess it may have been the realization that things wouldn’t just keep falling into place for me w/o some initiative and explicit choices on my part. Freedom initially felt paralyzing once the pre-determined path of college came to an end. It can still feel that way at times, truth be told.

    • Brian! You know you are so right … I think this is always a battle for us. The irony of having so many possibilities is that we do, unfortunately, have to choose something. (You should read, “how we decide” by Jonah Lehrer. …

      PS. See you in Portland soon! It’s coming up so quickly!

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