Welcome to Life After College!
I’m thrilled to have you here. I started this website in 2005, so there is lot of content to sift through on this site, and I know it can get overwhelming. I want to make sure you get the best and most helpful content up front, so sit back, relax, and enjoy this guided tour! All links are set to open in a new window so that you can easily return to this page.
1. “Best of” Round-ups:
In these round-ups, I outline my favorite and the most popular posts of the year, give statistics about blog traffic, and share personal milestones and achievements. It’s the best way to get a view of the entire blog on fast-forward. For my latest online adventure, visit JennyBlake.me where I’ll be exploring how to move beyond burnout to thrive at the intersection of mind, body and business.
- 2008 - Happy Birthday to Life After College: Letter from the Editor
- 2009 – Happy Two-Year Blogiversary to Life After College
- 2010 – Happy Three-Year Blogiversary to Life After College
- 2011 – Happy 4-Year Blogiversary to Life After College (with the 4 Lessons I’ve learned in 4 years of blogging)
- 2012 – Happy 5 Year (!) Blogiversary to Life After College (with 25 Lessons I’ve learned in 2.5 years of solopreneurship)
2. Most Popular Posts:
- 8 Ways to Organize Your Life With Google Docs / How I Stay Organized
- A Day in the Life of my Paycheck
- Empty Spaces and Moving Past Loneliness
- The Sweet Sting of Rejection
- An Open Letter to Love: It’s Not You, It’s Me
- Stop Auditioning for Other People’s Lives
- Budgets are Sexy…When Simple / Are you clogging your financial arteries?
- Book Notes: Zen and the Art of Happiness
- Memo: You Are Not Your Job
- Promotions: Ten Tips for Moving up the Corporate Ladder
3. My Favorite Posts:
- Suze Orman Knows We Exist!!!
- 10 Reasons I Love my Cubicle
- Serendipity and the Art of Being Alone
- 20 Life Lessons I Learned on the Rogue River
- Domesticating Jaguars: Let’s all Learn from my Crazy Dream
- Freedom: My Money Manifesto
- On Limerence…and – wait for it – a break-up template
- Live for the Dip
- One day at a time
- What if I was just myself?
- A Letter from my Future Self
- The Blogger IS real…but even better IRL
- What I’m afraid of…and what I know
4. Browse the Archives:
- See a list of ALL POSTS – by category
- Work / Career
- Books (follow all my reviews on GoodReads or visit my personalized Amazon Store)
- Health & Fitness
- Dating & Relationships
- Video updates (or check out my channel on YouTube)
5. Learn more about the Life After College book:
- Check-out the fancy schmancy book website: LACBook.com
- Blog posts that cover the road to getting my book published
- For the full nitty-gritty inside scoop, check-out my newsletter archive – which covers highs, lows, and lots of writing-related resources in much more detail
- Check-out the book on Amazon and order your copy!
6. About Me – the Short Version
I am the author of the book, Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want (Running Press, 2011). I’ve been blogging since 2007 with a personal mission to provide simple, practical tips about life, work, money, happiness and personal growth. My goal is to help people focus on the BIG picture of their lives…not just the details. To “wake up, live big! and love the journey.” I’ve been featured on Forbes.com, US News & World Report, CNN.com, and have spoken at Google, Best Buy, Carnegie Melon (TEDxCMU) and Columbia University.
I took my own great leap by leaving Google after five and a half years at the company (on the Training, Career Development and Authors@Google teams) to pursue my passions full-time as an author, speaker and coach. I am a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and completed training to be a yoga teacher at White Lotus in October 2010.
Just for fun: I LOVE cupcakes, coffee and personal development books. Dogs, dancing, gadgets, yoga, watching football, baseball, writing and travel make me pretty happy too. Want to get to know me without ever having a conversation? Not that there’s any fun in that, but I fit the Myers Briggs profile ENFJ to a tee.
7. About Me – the Longer Version
- Read my full bio on my About page
- Still want more? Check out 100 Things About Me
- Want to know about some of my biggest, scariest life goals? Read through my life checklist (template available here).
8. About this Blog:
During the first quarter of my junior year at UCLA I got the opportunity of a lifetime. My political science professor and mentor suggested a possible job opportunity for me at a start-up company in Palo Alto doing online political polling. I took a leave of absence to help start the company as the first official employee (among six college professors).
I anticipated filing papers…I was wrong. I had tremendous opportunities and responsibilities, but I hadn’t anticipated what it would be like to be in the real world – to work full time, to save money, to spend so much money, to be so far from my friends. As much as I loved the confidence I got from working so hard and learning so much every day, at times I felt incredibly lonely and confused.
I started Life After College to help others feel less alone and more resourceful on their own journeys. [Click here to read the full story]
9, More great ways I can help:
- Sign-up for a personalized, 1:1 coaching session. I offer a highly discounted rate for the first sample session.
- Shameless plug to buy my book, which essentially functions as a portable life coach.
- Download and use one of my many templates.
10. Ways to stay up-to-date:
- Consider subscribing via RSS, subscribing via email, or following me on Twitter
- Want the inside scoop on my life and business (email updates with personal stories, tips and resources)? Sign-up here.
- “Like” Life After College on Facebook
- Follow my “off the cuff” writing on Tumblr
- Add me to lots of other social networks here.
10. Get in touch with me:
Send me an email via my Contact Form. I look forward to hearing from you!
11. A short video to say thank you (in which I express my love for cupcakes):
You might get a kick out of the outtake video too
12. A longer video (~25 minute TV Show interview) in which I talk about the book, the blog, and my philosophies on life:
Note: My book is titled “Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want“ (not a perfect life…which I would never claim to have or advise you to strive for!)
13. Did you make it this far? If so, I’m impressed…and very grateful!
Thank you so much for spending your valuable time and attention with me.
Cookie monster cupcake for you!