Thursday, August 18, 2011


I joined a book club.

And, tonight I went for the first time.

To be honest, I was slightly nervous.  I don't normally do stuff like this... especially with people I don't know very well... especially with coworkers. But it was my dear friend (and former roommate) Megan's idea to start the club, and I like Megan. Megan is sweet. And whimsical. And funny. And she has good ideas (like, for instance, starting a book club so that the girls at our company could get to know each other better.)

We're reading Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist.

In essence, it's a series of essays (or maybe journal entries?) from the heart of a woman who's just learning a lot about life.

It's a good read. More importantly though, I enjoyed talking about it with some very passionate, creative, and educated women.

We drank delicious homemade Sangria, gorged on Takis, and shared life together. It was refreshing to see these girls outside of the office and in their natural element (sounds like I'm watching a nature show.)

If you're interested in the book, here's an excerpt from the chapter "Twenty-five" which we discussed tonight:

This is the thing: when you start to hit twenty-eight or thirty, everything starts to divide, and you can see very clearly two kinds of people: on one side, people who have used their twenties to learn and grow, to find God and themselves and their deep dreams, people who know what works and what doesn't, who have pushed through to become real live adults. 

And then there's the other kind, who are hanging on to college, or even high school, with all their might. They've stayed in jobs they hate because they're too scared to get another one. They've stayed with men or women who are good but not great because they don't want to be lonely. They mean to find a church, they mean to develop honest, intimate friendship, they mean to stop drinking like life is one big frat party. But they don't do these things, so they live in kind of an extended adolescence, no closer to adulthood than they were when they graduated college. 

Don't be like that. Don't get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. Walk away, try something new. There is a season for wilderness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don't lose yourself at happy hour, but don't lose yourself on the corporate ladder either.

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