May Miscellaneum

Greetings, everyone! Before I get into a collection of random updates, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for all of your kind words, condolences and support in response to my last post, In Memory of Harold Deino (my grandfather), who passed away one week ago. My family and I miss him dearly, but we take solace knowing that his legacy will continue to live on in all of us.

I would also like to acknowledge my mom and grandma (both loyal subscribers to this blog), who handled the news with unparalleled grace and strength. After 60+ years of marriage, my grandma will be facing a cavern of empty spaces I cannot even begin to fathom. Grandma -- I will be thinking of you and sending love and light at every step.

Now onto some updates and invitations...

The Domino Project's 30-Day Emerson Pledge:

Emerson Trust 30 PromptsI'm excited to be one of the contributing authors for a 30-day writing/reflection challenge to help promote The Domino Project's recent (re)release of Self-Reliance (organized by my good friend Amber Rae). The 30-day challenge starts on Tuesday, May 31 -- I'll be answering on my Tumblr (and my prompt runs on Sunday, June 4). Read more below and sign-up if you're interested!

Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge that encourages you to look within and trust yourself. Use this as an opportunity to reflect on your now, and to create direction for your future. 30 prompts from inspiring thought-leaders will guide you on your writing journey.  Sign up to receive the prompts by email.

In the media:

I was on my first morning show a few weeks ago (a little nerve-wracking, but mostly exciting!) to talk about money tips for recent grads. Fun fact: the guests on before me were two of the girls from Jerseylicious, and though I wasn't rocking leather pants, 5-inch heels at 10am, or leopard print fake nails -- I was very happy with how my segment turned out.

Guest post for (via the Young Entrepreneur Council): 5 Tips for Managing Your Energy, Not Your Time

A few other mentions: US News & World Report -- Can I Afford to Take a Sabbatical?, USA Weekend - Grads Get Help with Your Money, and Builder -  Graduates, Start Your Career Search Off Right.

Upcoming book tour stops:

I can't believe I'm two months into the book tour -- it's a small miracle that all the travel plans and events have come together so smoothly so far (knock on wood!). Where I've been: SF Bay Area, Austin, Las Vegas, San Diego, Pittsburgh, New York City, and Las Vegas (round 2).

Where I'm headed:

  • Next up will be Seattle on Thursday, June 2 -- my last bookstore event will be at University Bookstore at 7pm (with an after-party/happy-hour organized by Mike Krass of The Anti Resume) -- click here to RSVP if you're in the area!
  • Then I head down to Portland, Oregon for Chris Guillebeau's World Domination Summit from Friday-Tuesday.
  • Assuming I'm still standing, next up is a trip to Los Angeles for a wedding and my final official book tour stop in mid June. If you're in the LA area, click here to RSVP for the event on Tuesday, June 14 put on by Scott Asai of Growing Forward -- we'd love to see you there!

Spreading the love: Joy Juice from Stratejoy: 120 Prompts to "Tune in, Get Unstuck & Boost Your Confidence"

Stratejoy's Joy JuiceI'm excited to share another great coaching tool with you from Molly Mahar, one of my favorite coaches and a total business inspiration. She recently launched her Joy Juice program -- which will deliver to your inbox a yearlong dose of inspiring, thought-provoking journal prompts for a year of personal growth (that's three prompts a week) for only $38 (~$3/month). Click here to learn more and sign-up!

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Life After College hits the beach! An awesome reader email (and photo) from Nick White of New Zealand

Hi Jenny,

I've really enjoyed reading your book - it arrived in New Zealand a few days before I flew out (on my way to portland). The book is SUPERB. I just couldn't leave it behind, so it is currently spending some quality time with me on the beach at Oahu, Hawaii (see below). Then it is flying out to Portland to WDS. It will be a well travelled copy!

This book is so good that I think people shouldn't just Read it - they can & should Go Through It, because it's beautifully pitched and is a refreshingly honest and personal mix of coaching & tips. Best of it's type I've ever seen (and I've seen quite a few!)

All the best :) Nick White

*Note from Jenny: After receiving this email, I learned that Nick has an amazing story himself -- he wrote his first post from a hospital bed in the ICU, just days after coming out surgery for head and neck cancer in June 2009.  He "lost his speech for a while, so started a blog as a way of expressing [himself]." INCREDIBLE. Nick -- you are an inspiration to us all.

Life After College book hits the beach!