If you know me, it’s no secret that I turn to books for just about everything: wisdom, insight, humor, entertainment. So indulge me for a moment, this post is pretty book-heavy. It starts with The Princessa by Harriet Rubin, and her directive to “tell your story,” both what it has been and what you want it to be on future pages. Telling the story up to this point is the easy part. It’s what comes next that’s usually hard. So I tried to think about what areas of life might be the scaffolding for my story to assemble around. And the result amounts to a checklist of sorts that includes career, family, friends, home, and love.

 

My family is, for once, a happy and stable part of that puzzle. And though they sometimes drive me nuts, I’m pretty happy with my friends. Home is taken care of with a lease finally signed (woohoo!). Which leaves career and love. And that’s where my next two books come into play: Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey (I know, I know, that again?) and Hot (Broke) Messes by Nancy Trejos. Now, I am thankfully not a hot, broke mess, but reading that book raised an interesting thought in my head. Trejos writes that her financial and romantic lives are both screwed up and that she feels like she can have one of those things be a mess, but not both. So she picks her financial life to clean up. But for a lot of women, couldn’t it easily have been romance instead?

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