You Can Do it: The Merit Badge Handbook For Grownup Girls Paperback – 29 Apr 2005
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Grandcolas was an experienced sales and marketing professional embarking on a writing career when she died on United Flight 93 on 9/11; her husband, family, and publisher rallied together to complete her outstanding debut, which encourages middle-aged women to do the things they have always dreamed of doing. The text-patterned after a Girl Scout manual-is made up of seven "badge" categories (e.g., "Dare," "Create," and "Learn") that are further organized into activities such as learning to skydive and care for one's car and building family rituals or breaking bad habits. Each badge takes readers through the task from start to finish and includes excerpts from professionals in that field. A bibliography of books, magazines, and web sites for further information is included. A pure pleasure to browse, this is the perfect gift for those celebrating 40th birthdays and beyond and will enjoy a high circulation among public library patrons. Highly recommended. "Library Journal" Not long before 9/11, Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas posted a motto on her refrigerator door: "Get busy living or get busy dying." The 38-year-old marketing executive, pregnant with her first child, had recently started work on a book encouraging women to pursue their dreamsno matter how outlandisheven as they struggled with the daily demands of children, marriage and career. Grandcolas came up with a set of "merit badges for grown-ups" and even hung her old Girl Scout sash above her desk as inspiration. Before she could finish, Grandcolas was killed aboard United Flight 93. After her death, Lauren's husband and sisters gathered her notes and met with her agent. This week, Chronicle Books will posthumously release "You Can Do It! The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls." "She truly, truly wanted women to get out there and taste life," says Vaughn Lohec, Lauren's younger sister. "But it's bittersweet that she can't be here to talk about the book herself." "Newsweek""
About the Author
Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas (1963 2001) began You Can Do It! more than a year before her death on September 11 on her way home to the San Francisco Bay Area. Her older sister, Dara, and her younger sister, Vaughn, spokespeople for the book and both you-can-d
Top Customer Reviews
I have started working towards different badges of achievement. This book is fun and inspirational.
I may not want to do most of the activities mentioned in the book, however for me it is a tool to use to attain the badges in respect of the activities/achievements of my choice.
Empowering for women.
This book is a wonderful tribute to a young woman whose life was taken away from her on 11th September 2001.
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Whatever it is you've been longing to do, you'll probably find it in this big, encouraging book, which breaks down goals into small, easily achievable steps.
Recommended for girls/women of any age who want to finally get on with DOING the things they've been waiting to try.
Reviewer: Linda Painchaud-Steinman, Park Edge Books
Side Note: The author of this book was a victim of September 11. She was on flight 93. The details are in the book's poignant introduction (written by her sisters).
You Can Do It is one of those books that is fun to have on your shelf. It is part self-help book and part how-to guide. It presents 60 skills for grown-up girls to master. The badge activites range from life skills like negotiating & financial planning to hobbies like camping and flower arranging to extreme things like flying an airplane or becoming a stand-up comedian. Each skill begins with an "Imagine This..." section that takes you to a time at some point in the future when you have already mastered the skill.
For example, in the Speak Up chapter "Imagine This... Fellow parents nominate you to introduce an important issue to the PTA... Gone are the days when you'd feel sick with anxiety, make excuses, and keep your mouth shut - only to berate yourself later." Then it outlines the Payoffs of mastering that skill ("Fear of public speaking can keep us from pursuing life's possibilities: meeting fascinating people, pursuing promising careers, degrees, and promotions,;and sharing our ideas, talents, and expertise. Don't let your gifts go to waste!") and the Badge Steps you must complete (1. Face your fears. 2. Know your Purpose. 3. Draft your speech. 4. Practice speechifying. 5. Be kind to yourself. 6. Rise and shine.)
There is a mentor, a female who is an expert in that skill, for each section and she offers advice, encouragement, and a list of helpful books, websites, supplies needed, and other references. In the public speaking section, the mentor is a woman named Janet E. Esposito who is the president of a company called In the Spotlight which helps people overcome stage fright. The section also offers a "Beyond the Badge" section for overachievers - in this example it tells you how to get involved in the Toastmaster's Club or get media training.
This book is not the end-all guide for any of the skills presented, but it is a fun jumping off place. It is full of encouragement and inspiration. And I would challenge anyone to flip through this book and not stop and read at least one section and think "You know? I always wanted to try that..."