Happy Sunday everyone! Two cool things to share today:
- I'm part of another free week-long En*theos video conference next week called The Quarterlife Upgrade -- it is hosted by one of my longtime mentors-from-afar, Christine Hassler, one of the first writers I ever encountered in the "after college" space. We set up a 30-minute "one-off" call (as I described last week) back in 2008 and it was one of the building blocks that gave me the insight and encouragement I needed to finally pursue writing my book. More on her conference below . . .
- Second, a super fun twist on Life After College: a team of illustrators took on the challenge of interpreting each chapter of my book — consider this our very own Sunday comics-meets-editorial-cartoon-meets-art show -- huge thank you to Caitlin and The Square Carousel for the great submissions!
Quarterlife Upgrade Video Conference
You may have bought into the misunderstanding that you are supposed to have your entire life figured out by your 20s or 30s. This is not true! If you are asking questions like, “What do I want to do with my life?” or feeling stuck along your career path or stressing out about money or relationships, and are ready for some relief, solutions and inspiration, then sign-up for The Quarterlife Upgrade Virtual Conference, which will be streaming live from July 22-26.
The Quarterlife Upgrade gathers 30+ of the world's next generation experts to answer the questions: Who Am I, What Do I Want, and How Do I Get It? Listen in for inspiring and actionable real-world advice about careers, relationships, finances, well-being and making a difference.
What you need to know:
Dates: July 22-26th, 2013 (My interview goes live on Friday, July 26 at 1pm ET) Price: Free. What's included: Six interviews per day, each will be available live to stream for 24 hours. Where: Register for free here
The Square Carousel Takes on Life After College
The Square Carousel Collective was founded in 2011 by 10 talented up-and-coming illustrators. After meeting at Savannah College of Art and Design, the group was formed around shared aesthetics, and now encompasses a eclectic range of styles. Although they all work in different mediums and styles, they share a common drive for professionalism and dedication to the field of illustration.
Their group posts tri-weekly challenges to stay motivated and connected to each other as they pursue freelance illustration careers, with each artist taking a turn selecting a theme. One of their recent challenges was illustrating each chapter of my book, Life After College. Without further ado, here are their submissions!
Friends and Family
Dating and Relationships
Fun and Relaxation
Caitlin B. Alexander illustrated "Personal Growth" — Personal growth and self-reflection have always been very challenging interests of mine (maybe in another life I could have studied psychology), so I knew when I chose this topic, I had to do it justice. In “Life After College,” within the section about personal growth, author Jenny Blake touches on the struggle with loneliness. Personally, this has always been one of my bigger battles, and for different reasons throughout my life, as I matured and my surroundings changed. Slowly conquering parts of my greatest fear has allowed me to nurture new aspects of my identity to grow.
There are still lots of empty places where that garden has yet to intertwine, and sometimes I wonder, will I ever feel complete? It helps a lot to know how many holes have already filled, though, and gives me encouragement to keep going. Life after college has presented a whole new set of struggles, and of course, loneliness loves to rear it’s ugly head, but I know in time I’ll find things that are as rewarding as my student lifestyle once was.
Life's Big Picture
James Harling illustrated "Life's Big Picture" — Right now, I'm stuck in a full time job making lattes, needing to pay crazy bills, and it has really diminished my productivity, and worse, kept me away from the girl of my dreams. The big picture, for me, is to go ahead with this crazy new illustration portfolio and just go for it: freelance and move closer to the girl...I handed in my notice…two weeks, guys...two weeks.
Let's give a big round of applause to The Square Carousel for their awesome work! Ready for your own after college inspiration and interpretation? Grab a copy of my book -- a workbook-like portable coach, with tips, quotes and coaching exercises for every area of your life :)