The 20 Something Guidebook

Our twenties are a time when we could use all the help and guidance we can get our hands on. A few months ago, a good friend of mine told me about a book that she thought I would be interested in. Damn, she was right.

Every year, I feel as though I go through a new “20 something struggle.” I no longer fear these internal battles with myself, but I find a way to thrive through it. Upon turning twenty-five, I was excited, yet stressed about a busy month at work. I work in a very stressful and demanding environment, and at the end of the day it leads me to question my career path.

We all feel pressure to define ourselves in so many ways. We feel pressure to have our career map set, get married before 30, have children by 32, with or without debt. Once we have kids, do we work full time, part time or stay at home? We have to stay healthy, active and financially independent. And we need to have it all figured out right now!!

Enter my new favorite 20 something guidebook. I picked up a copy of 20 Something 20 Everything by Christine Hassler one day after work. I am an avid E-reader, but I figured it would be beneficial to read this book as a hard copy. I’m so glad I bought this in paperback because this definitely is one of those books that I found myself flipping through pages to reread a few chapters.

It is an easy read, but you have to be fair to yourself and really dedicate the time to read through it. Christine recommends keeping a notebook/journal as you work through various actives to understand different aspects about yourself, your goals, and your expectations.

While it has taken me a lot of time to read through this book thoughtfully, it gave me an opportunity to rediscover myself and reevaluate my goals. Divided into three parts, part one is all about the Twenties Triangle. You have to explore three main questions:

  1. Who am I?
  2. What do I want?
  3. How do I get what I want?

I wanted to share this book with all of you as it played a very big role in wanting to start this blog. I posted a status to my friends that I bought a copy, and I was surprised by how many of my friends went out and bought a copy of their own. I realized that some of my friends were going through the same difficulty, yet had never shed any light on it. It is such a relief to know that there are other women who feel the same, even though all of our experiences can be relatively different.

This is not an advertisement, but just a small token of advice to sort through the confusion in your mind with the help of 20 Something 20 Everything.


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