Soon to be published
life as a 'modern woman' / a personal point of view
I have always thought of myself as a modern woman, but living up to this 'ideal' has turned out to be more than difficult. In this book I explore some of the dreams and ideals which have shaped my life, and how I have come to appreciate how life turned out, rather than what it was supposed to become.
Why this book?
I wrote the book after I had turned in my PhD and immediately felt a surge to write whatever came to my mind, and that which felt important, fun and easy to voice. The book is nontraditional in that it is a mix of light and easy with an academic undertone. So, hurray, it does not fit any 'mould' and thus may prove to be really innovative or totally off track (!) So far, it seems the verdict leans more towards the latter, as I have yet to sign with a publisher. My intention when I set out, was to self-publish this as an ebook, but as it developed, I realized it should be made available in print. It's a book full of illustrative photographs as well as inspiring quotes and citations - and therefore it deserves to lie on a coffee table or on a bedside table, not kept inside a technical device.
The book is divided into four parts;
Part 1. Being a modern woman; life as planned versus life as it turned out
Part 2. Difficult thoughts, feelings, and habits, and why living an interesting life is a better ambition
Part 3. Getting inspired by role models, books, films or simply a sentence
Part 4. Self-leadership, self-coaching, help from others and how life is getting better after 50
Irmelin(in Norwegian) about why she has written this book;
Jeg har vært en tenker og en samler av historier, refleksjoner, dagboknotater, faglige teorier og verktøy, inspirasjoner fra filmer, bøker, sitater ol i hele mitt liv. Samtidig har jeg lenge drømt om å lage bøker hvor jeg deler videre kunnskaper, inspirasjoner og erfaringer om det å være en moderne kvinne. Jeg tenker at det er viktig å bidra til at det kommer flere stemmer og beskrivelser om livet bak fasaden, om hva det egentlig innebærer å drømme store drømmer samtidig som livet leves i nuet og ingenting går etter planen.