Read this guide to learn how to create a life that reflects who you truly are, and how to harness your intuition to make better choices, from the founder of the Instagram Lab.
Forget hustle harder. Forget a mandatory 5 a.m. wake-up. Forget outlining your life plan in six-month, one-year, and five-year spans. We're living in a cultural shift as we reframe our perspectives around the purpose of work, what work/life balance really means, and how we want to spend our time on this planet. In her first book, Jenna Kutcher—entrepreneur, photographer, influencer, teacher, mom, and host of the wildly popular Goal Digger podcast—shares her philosophy on how to live a life that exists outside the tired cliché of “having it all.” How Are You, Really? is about taking a moment to soak up the richness of our experiences and creating a life that makes room for more actual living.
When Jenna Kutcher was 23, she left her corporate job, bought a camera on Craigslist for $300, and started her own business as a wedding photographer. From that single investment in herself, she built a successful company, a thriving podcast, and a beautiful brand. But her driving force has never been about working harder/smarter/faster/better. What Jenna Kutcher embraces is the simple notion that we, women especially, crave lives of fulfillment.
Divided into three sections, How Are You, Really? is a guide to creating such a life.
In Part One: Who You Are, Jenna uses stories from her childhood, some career false starts, her marriage and path to motherhood, and more to show how to crystallize your sense of your own identity. Because how can you know what you really, truly want out of your future if you don’t see yourself clearly in the present? In Part Two: Who You Have, and Who Has You, Jenna shows the benefits of a support system, how mentorship and kindness can come in surprising ways and from surprising sources, and how to build your own authentic community. In Part Three: What You’re Going to Do About It, Jenna guides you through illustrations from her career on how to turn your deepest dream into a life that brings success, joy, and—most importantly--the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. We all want, simply put, a life well-lived.
So, ask yourself the question you’ve been avoiding.
How are you, really?
It’s time to find your answer, and start living.
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About the Author
Jenna Kutcher is a born-and-raised Minnesota wife, mother, and entrepreneur who aims for two things daily: helping others wake up to life and staying in comfy pants. Creator and host of the top-rated The Goal Digger podcast, she’s helped thousands redefine success and chase bold dreams through her decade-long work as a leading online educator. Want to know how she’s really doing? Follow her latest at www.jennakutcher.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Can We Talk? 1
Part 1 Who you are, really?
1 The Softer Question: How to Feel Your Feelings 11
2 Golden Handcuffs: How to Ditch the Supposed Tos 27
3 Halfway to a Dream: Going After Your Goal 37
4 The Cozy Corner: How to Hear Yourself (Again) 51
5 Mothers Studying Mandarin: How to Have Some Fun Again 63
6 Rumble and Quake: How to Change Your Mind 77
7 A Battlefield of Cuts: How to Listen to Your Body 91
8 Married to Mr. Six-Pack: How to Speak to Yourself 105
9 Vision Fulfilled: How to Make (No, LET) Your Dreams Come True 119
Part 2 Who you have (and who has you)
10 The Cribbage Board: How to Share a Dream 141
11 Tacos and Truth: How to Create Your Authentic Community 157
12 Pride's Utter Chokehold: How to Ask for Help 171
13 Livin' the Dream: How to Be Where You Are (Like, Right Now) 185
Part 3 What you're going to do about it
14 What Brooke Shields Doesn't Know: Why Your Story Matters (a Lot) 199
15 Just One Step: Where to Start, and How 209
16 When a Woman Knows Her Value: How to Make It Happen 223
17 It's Complicated: How to Invest in Yourself, and Why It Matters 237
18 What's Your Enough Point?: How to Say Heck No 249
19 Soul Savasana: How to Be 267
Epilogue: This Just Might Be It: What to Do Now 279
Appendix 1 Conversation Starters 289
Appendix 2 Jenna's Jumpstarts 291