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20-Something, 20-Everything: A Quarter-life Woman's Guide to Balance and Direction
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Manufacturer: New World Library
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 646.7008422
EAN: 9781577314769
ISBN: 157731476X
Label: New World Library
Manufacturer: New World Library
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2005-04-10
Publisher: New World Library
Studio: New World Library

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Are you wrestling with a sense that you haven’t done enough? Or you’ve done it all and don’t know what’s next? If you’ve ever wondered why you aren’t enjoying "the best years of your life," and why you’re still mired in confusion about the choices you’ve made or need to make, this book is for you. Faced with a career she worked hard to achieve but didn’t like and the disintegration of her relationship, author Christine Hassler started talking to other twenty-something women and discovered a pattern. Many women in their twenties (and thirties) feel unsettled and struggle to reassess their positions on what Christine calls the "twenties triangle": Who am I? What do I want? How do I get it? Throughout the book these questions become opportunities to identify and explore dreams and values. Rather than feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, readers can turn questions into maps that lead toward creating a career, a relationship and a life that fits just like a favorite pair of jeans.

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Summary: Amazing book, this is a must read!
Comment: 20 Something 20 Everything is an amazing book. I read it at a time in my life where I was struggling to find out who I was and what I wanted out of life. Christine is so honest and genuine in her writing that it truly helps the reader connect to the material. She describes in detail her own struggle during her twenties and the important lessons that she learned from it are interlaced through each section of the book. She discusses the many aspects of a 20 something's life that are important such as identity, independence, romance, parental relationships, financial issues, and jobs. In addition, there are individual exercises that ask insightful questions of the reader. In answering these questions I explored different parts of myself and gained clarity regarding certain aspects of my life. Most importantly, this book showed me that I can learn from my "Ah-Ha moments", meaning when I have failed that there is a lesson to be learned from it and that is often when people grow the most. She teaches you to pick yourself back up and use the process to learn more about yourself and the path that is right for you. She also addresses the fact that many 20 somethings are consumed with constantly making timelines and rigidly sticking to them. After reading this book I understood that sometimes it is best to let life flow and not to reject opportunities that come my way because they may lead me to a better path and help me to learn more about myself in the process as opposed to sticking to a strict timeline in my head. Christine teaches that balance is key and that we must take care of ourselves before life can take care of us. Another key lesson I learned is that so many of us are consumed with "if/then thinking." Before I read this book I was consumed with thinking I will be happy if I date the right guy, I will be happy if I get this job etc., but I learned there is no if/then, the time is now. She teaches us that with that style of thinking we are searching for something outside of ourselves rather than within. Think about it, every time you reach that if/then goal, you are on to the next one. When does it end? We can be happy and reach those goals as long as the goals are not the sole indicator of happiness. Christine put things into perspective and helped me realize that I am not alone and that the constant questions, comparisons, and struggles are normal for my age group. I would highly recommend this book because it helps you clarify who you are, your path, and the lessons that life presents you along the way.

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Summary: Okay
Comment: Touches upon some common issues women in their twenties and thirties may be thinking and experiencing. I felt that it was more geared towards those in their late twenties and in their thirties. The author takes you through a great deal of exercises for you to do. Overall, it was an okay book. If you're really interested in a good read for the quarterlife crisis...pick up the books titled "the quarterlife crisis," "conquering the quarterlife crisis," and "the quarterlifers companion."

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Summary: Intuitive and encouraging
Comment: 20-Something, 20-Everything was truly a life-changing read for me. Christine Hassler does an extraordinary job of showing readers that not only are their experiences and feelings as a twenty-something 'normal', but she also shows that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and provides simple steps to get there. She has an incredibly intuitive and understanding grasp on what so many people in their twenties are experiencing, and much of the book felt as though she knew my story without having heard it! The written exercises dispersed throughout the book helped me look at my situation in much deeper, more honest way than I had before. I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels there is room for improvement in any aspect of their life...

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Summary: If you are a women in your 20's you NEED to read this book.
Comment: I had no idea I was going through a quarter-life crisis until I picked up Christine Hassler's book, 20-Something, 20-Everything. I was struggling with so much in my life; I had a pretty low self image and the lack of self-esteem to match. I wasn't happy with my job nor was I anywhere financial stability. In addition, I was being surrounded by people who seemed to be doing a lot better in their life than me.
It was during a mid-day trip to a local book store where I discovered with-in the pages of this book what I was going through. I immediately purchased the book and begin to unravel my feelings of confusion, frustration and depression and figure out how to move forward with my life. 20-Something, 20-Everything did quite a lot for me but one of the most imporatant things it did was to show me that I'm not alone in my struggles, that there are many women dealing with all the same issues that I am. Knowing that and actually reading about other women's life journey's was my first step in moving on from my own quarter-life crisis.
Currently, I can't say I'm completely free from the confines of my crisis but I'm well on my way and you can bet I'll be taking Christine Hassler's book with me every step of the way!
To all you young women who are going through your own quarter-life crisis I truly reccommend this book. Not only will it explain, through self-dicovery exercises, why you fall into "the crisis" but it will give
you the tools needed to make sure you come out on the other end a quarter-life crisis survivor. Good luck and know that you are NOT alone!!

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Summary: Not very enlightening.
Comment: I am sure this book really is a great guide for women who want to find "balance and direction," but it's only suitable if you have the time and patience to complete the 69 multi-question exercises that pop up every 2-5 pages. Those exercises were the only reason why I couldn't get through the book.

She starts off each section with some advice that she only briefly explains--which is unfortunate because I found a lot of what she said to be insightful. However, rather than give tips on how to apply the advice, she has the reader answer many, many, many questions so she can figure things out for herself. Basically, I bought a book that told me the answer to finding "balance and direction" was in me, and I just had to discover it. But that's why I bought the book in the first place, isn't it?

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