Building and Re-building a Life

Forgive me; I’ve been absent rebuilding a portion of my life (as you know if you’ve read past blog posts). And if you’re new, welcome to my musings on transitions!

Neck-deep in revisions for a manuscript that I put in a drawer years ago, I’m finally coming up for air. I think I resist the solitary nature of writing at times because my nature is collaborative. And I’m grateful to say that my fingers-crossed-novel is now in the hands of a careful book editor. I skipped this step the last time I published and I’m glad to have someone else hold and hone my story with me before I send it to agents. 

I delight when I see different disciplines intersecting along the same subject.

I’ve also been reading. Below are a couple links that fit well with the nature of this blog. One is from an economist, Arthur C. Brooks, who writes a column for The Atlantic. Another is a book from chef and founder of The Lost Kitchen, Erin French. I delight when I see different disciplines intersecting along the same subject. Both reach for authentic well-being and happiness in work and life.

Finding Freedom, by Erin French
This memoir follows the twists and turns of a woman claiming her life, child, and life’s work. What impressed me about Erin’s memoir is her grit and brilliance in making and re-making herself from literally nothing. Single mother, marriage and divorce, drug abuse, and a skill for cooking food that makes people travel from other countries to her restaurant in Maine, Erin’s story dazzles.

“A Profession is Not a Personality,” by Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic
In the latest installment to his column How to Build a Life, Arthur examines the work of Karl Marx and Immanuel Kant as it relates to the American (and capitalist) tendency for individuals to identify with a job, title, or work performance. Referencing multiple studies, Arthur argues that this “objectification” leads to less happiness and we hold the power to change it.

Enjoy! I hope you’re soaking up these golden autumn days. Until next time.

Lisa, creator of, is dedicated to helping women thrive in midlife so they can bring their wisdom and gifts to the world.

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