Launch: A Guide to Adulting (Messy Marvelous Guides)



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As the word “adulting” became more popular, the skills needed to get there became more and more elusive. Having worked with hundreds of emerging adults in their therapy practices, Drs. Rhea Merck and Amy Montanez began to see the need to offer practical life skills for this generation of humans. Were you well-trained in elite soccer, competitive piano, test-taking skills, and how to write an entrance essay? Wonderful. Are the skills necessary to live independently and successfully woefully missing? As the authors of an already popular life-skills blog,, these two well-respected mental-health professionals have now written a book to inspire readers to reflect on areas of adult life most necessary for success and happiness. Some of the topics and questions explored are:How comfortable are you asking for help?Do you have the necessary grit to hang in there when adult life doesn’t go as you planned? How well do you meet people and participate in community? These are just three of the eleven basic skills covered in this book. At the end of each skill are questions and resources designed to encourage self-reflection, journaling, and conversation. The book has been carefully designed so that any reader can use it alone as a resource for self-improvement, or use it in a group to foster discussion. Launching into the adult world is difficult. The phrase “failure to launch” is a real thing. This book will help you hone the skills you need to thrive and to feel competent in the real world. Get to know yourself better and you’ll be well on your way to successful adulting.


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