I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Jenny Blake, who at one time worked as an intern at the Town Crier (she graduated from nearby Gunn High School in 2001), and is now a successfully published author.
Blake penned the book, “Life After College: the Complete Guide to Getting What You Want” (Running Press, 2011). She reports that she didn’t set out to write a book, but rather to get her message out: “Wake up, live big and love the journey!”
It is kind of a workbook or guide to figuring out your life’s purpose and methodically plotting your course. Using examples from her own life, Blake contends that even when the road hit a bump, having a purpose and a plan can mean the difference between success and frustration.
This book is an ideal gift for recent college graduates but is also useful to anyone who wants to change course or work on the details of his or her life. It’s a “big picture” guide that includes chapters on work, money, relationships, health and much more. There is room for note taking, lists, resources and much in the way of calorie-free food for thought.
Blake has already worked as an editor for at least three newspapers, at an online political startup and at Google for five years. She graduated from UCLA and now authors a blog, has become credentialed as a certified Life Coach and yoga instructor and is a sought-after public speaker living in New York City.
For more interesting and inspiring details, check Blake’s website, www.lifeaftercollege.org.
Authors like Blake can provide great inspiration to those among us trying to figure it all out – especially at the front end – during those early years of wonder and angst. Sure, the drama and mystery can be ever so exciting before you sort of know the direction your life will take. But as for me, I could do with less of the really hard stuff like working for years stuck in a cubicle feeling the life sucked out of me because I didn’t know any better. Oh, and those endless hours I spent in meetings.
I wish someone would write a book on how to succeed without ever having to actually attend a meeting. It’s too late for me, I’m already scarred and jaded (metaphorically speaking), but perhaps someone, somewhere, someday, will invent a kind of Vulcan-like mind-meld where we can assimilate only what we need to know to be incredibly brilliant, successful and avoid all the blah, blah, blah that we have come to know as “the meeting.”
I’m just saying, the best thing about retirement is that I don’t do meetings anymore. I do lunch. I still have a “to-do” list, which I’m sure Blake could help me with; but on the back-end of life, it’s not so important that it can’t wait until tomorrow. Or forever.
Sharon Lennox-Infante, contributing editor for Book Buzz, is a Los Altos resident.