From Jane Eyre to Anne Tyler to Doris Lessing, reinvention is a much-discussed theme in women’s literature and women’s lives. The New Year is a particularly appropriate time to discuss creating a new you—Leslie Davenport’s 10-minute meditation might be a great place to start—or making realistic, authentic resolutions such as the ones Rich Moran suggests in this week's featured Red Room Original essay.
Last week, we asked Red Roomers to blog about self-reinvention. Beyond shedding five pounds, finishing that novel, or undergoing an attitude adjustment, we wanted to read about what deeper transformative goals are on our members' agendas this year.
Some bloggers particularly stood out:
- Serious illness forced author Wendy S. Harpham to change careers. She writes that "(w)ith guidance and support, I found answers I could live with." She shares some great ones in "The New Me."
- In "Young Again, and With Hair," author Eric A. Olsen speculates that authors really looking to succeed through reinvention may really have to go all the way—even as far as changing their identities!
A few selected bloggers will win books by Red Room authors:
- In Changing Shoes: Staying in the Game with Style, Humor, and Grace, beloved daytime TV actress Tina Sloan tackles the real-world issues women face as they get older, including advice on celebrating life's transitions with humor and courage. Tina's book will come in its own fabulous book bag, featuring an image of an elegant shoe.
- In The Smoke-Free Smoke Break, Pavel Somov and Marla Somova present a gradual plan for quitting smoking once and for all by keeping the smoke breaks, but replacing the tobacco with mindfulness exercises and positive reinforcement techniques that work as well or better than cigarettes for calming and soothing readers in stressful times.
All of the self-reinvention posts are here; I hope you'll find your favorites and leave a comment letting the blogger know what you liked about their writing. All of Red Room's past blog topics are here. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room