and oh my god, I’m writing a book!
A REAL LIFE BOOK! One that you can get dog-eared, love unconditionally and make notes in GCSE style until your heart is content. After about two years of ideas, writing a proposal and swatting away endless bouts of self doubt, it’s now an actual ~thing~ that’s happening, and I can’t quite believe it. I feel clammy handed even typing this (will file this post under ‘things I never thought I’d type’).
The book will guide you through your insecurities no matter what life stage you’re at, pointing out the pitfalls of people pleasing, negative backchat and crippling comparison along the way. It’s a carefully curated toolkit of tried and tested mechanisms and small pearls of wisdom to start combatting that feeling that holds us back from speaking up, from following our dreams or even feeling that our dreams aren’t good or big enough- from many wise women that have been there and come out the other side. I hope it will provide you with a comforting hug and pep talk, from one insecure girl to another, so you can stop imposter syndrome in its tracks and halt the waves of self-doubt that sometimes unexpectedly flood our work life, friendships, relationships and every other crevice in between.
I really want it to be the resource I had when I was a teenager. The kind of pick me up I felt after reading articles in Company magazine, and to be fully reflective of the conversations I had and continue to have now with some of the most brilliant women in my life. To show that insecurities aren’t our weaknesses, but our strengths- and by sharing them we can make the world a little bit smaller.
In the next couple of weeks I’ll be asking for you to get in touch- asking questions and hopefully getting some of you wonderful women involved, to share your stories and add soul to the body of this book. This isn’t a book about me, but a book about us. I want it to include as many stories, perspectives and contributions as possible- so watch this space!
Hopefully this explains why things have been a bit quiet around here over the last few months too! Juggling a book, wedding, blog, podcast and newsletter can sometimes be a lot for one pair of hands (and I wanted to avoid any ‘secret project’ ambiguity if I could). Throughout June I’ll be taking a little break to tie everything neatly up in a book-shaped-bow so that it’s everything I hope it can be and more when it comes to printing time later this year. I’ll be back not long after the wedding though, so hopefully the archives can keep you occupied until then!
If you’d like to give the book a preorder now, you can see more and do that here and here. It means the world.
EEEEK! So that’s, that?! Thank you for all your support always, I truly couldn’t do this without you lovely lot. I know it sounds gushy, but after nearly a decade of writing this blog, having so many dedicated voices continue to show up and support me means the world. Honestly, thank you. This is all incredibly surreal- I CANNOT BELIEVE IT. Thank you x100000.