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 Groen is a writer and listener for people in transition. Her course, Figuring Out What’s Next, helps people identify the first step to take in a life transition. If this blog post appeals to you, check out the course. I wrote it for you.

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Instructor, author, and part-time mountain monk.

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