Count Me In: How I Stepped Off the Sidelines, Created Connection, and Built a Fuller, Richer, More Lived-in Life

Count Me In How I Stepped Off the Sidelines Created Connection and Built a Fuller Richer More Lived in Life Combining the intelligence of Quiet with the personal stories and realistic advice of The Happiness Project Count Me In is for everyone who feels their lives could use a little real life connection

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  • Title: Count Me In: How I Stepped Off the Sidelines, Created Connection, and Built a Fuller, Richer, More Lived-in Life
  • Author: Emily White
  • ISBN: 9780771087714
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Combining the intelligence of Quiet with the personal stories and realistic advice of The Happiness Project, Count Me In is for everyone who feels their lives could use a little real life connection, at home, in their neighbourhoods, and in the wider world A thoughtful, lively, and practical roadmap for anyone who wants to feel connected, and who wants theiCombining the intelligence of Quiet with the personal stories and realistic advice of The Happiness Project, Count Me In is for everyone who feels their lives could use a little real life connection, at home, in their neighbourhoods, and in the wider world A thoughtful, lively, and practical roadmap for anyone who wants to feel connected, and who wants their life to feel bigger, grounded, and true Emily White s first, nationally bestselling book, Lonely Learning to Live with Solitude, made her an international expert on loneliness as a distinct condition not just part of depression or the result of social awkwardness , intensified by many of the hallmarks of modern life Count Me In is a warm, readable, lively combination of personal memoir and solid research framed as a come with me guide, as Emily looks both deeply into her own and her family s past and broadly into contemporary culture to discover the path to feeling connected She tackles home, neighbourhood, faith, and , and brings an incisive, questioning mind as well as an open and willing heart to her quest As a result Count Me In is a mix of practical advice and lived experience, a rich reading experience and a practical tool for improving one s life.

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    1. I read the author's first book, Lonely: A Memoir, years ago. I found it gripping, and I wanted to see how it all turned out for her.And in this, the sequel-of-sorts, she writes of how she managed to tame the beast and find herself a sense of belonging and connection. In that sense, this book did exactly what I wanted it to: reassured me that White's life got back on track. (Full disclosure: she's an introverted environmentalist from Toronto who loves dogs. Yes, I identified with her.)However, wh [...]

    2. When I saw that Emily White had published a second book I was pysched, and even moreso when I saw the topic. I immediately put it on hold at the library (love that public resource!!) and read it in just a couple days.I enjoyed the book, though not nearly as much as Lonely. I think my main qualm is that in my view, it lacked a certain amount of actual, concrete advice. To be fair, it's a memoir, and not an actual self-help/advice book, but that is kind of what I was hoping it would be. Setting as [...]

    3. Count Me In is a wise book for all who suffer a 21st-century fractured existence. Emily White, the child of both divorce and a shockingly bulldozed home, knows who we are. White has the passion and heart to show the numb, the disconnected, and the hungry yearning to leap from loneliness new paths to belonging. As we follow her trials and errors from Pig Save to Belief-O-Matic, even diehard isolates will give up and join this ex-lawyer in her treasure hunt for community—and learn a little somet [...]

    4. Insights: Looking for belonging is not the same as looking for friendship. Think about : When you felt like you belonged? What is important to you?

    5. How do you connect in an increasingly disconnected world? This book details Emily White's various attempts to find a sense of connection and belonging.White has an easy narrative style -- her list of attempts are a series of episodes, many ending with her feeling like something was still missing.Some episodes were interesting -- I enjoyed the chapters about the pig activists and the Pilates class. Unfortunately, while I sympathize with the inability to find the right "fit" with a group, the narr [...]

    6. I received a copy of Emily's White's "Count Me In: How I Stepped Off the Sidelines, Created Connection, and Built a Fuller, Richer, More Lived-In Life", compliments of Firstreads Giveaway and appreciated the opportunity.I will start by stating that I did not like the book, but stuck with it to the end in hopes that I might gain something. I was left disappointed. Whereby the premise of the book surrounds a topic that I am interested in, it did not make the grade for me. It is clear that the aut [...]

    7. At eighteen years of age, this quote resonated with Emily White, although she was not certain why. Now, at forty-four, she understands why.“For me, happiness is and always has been a by-product of connection. I love feeling like there’s a current running between me and the people around me, like I’m on the same wavelength as the places I’m in.”In her book, Count Me In, Emily White explores the concept of belonging. What’s interesting is that she starts off talking about her place in [...]

    8. a novel approach to self-help. instead of checklists and vague platitudes, you get a very personal account of one woman's journey to discover what it means to truly belong's a bit of a meandering mess at times, but i do like the writing style. i like the way the author weaves self-help advice into a narrative about her own struggles with trying to find her place in the world. it's like getting your hands on someone's private journal; it might be a bit scattered, but there's a real sense that you [...]

    9. I loved this book. I had no idea at all that anyone other than me cared about the exact subject matter of this book. Others have commented that the author meanders her way through the process of connecting to a wider community but I found this helpful to realize that this was something that could be tinkered with along the way. I intend to pull a group of people together to talk about this book within the context of our own community. I really enjoyed the addition of scholarly thought on the top [...]

    10. This self-help/memoir is the author's experiences trying to fit in after she breaks up with her husband and moves back to her home town of Toronto. I hoped the book would be more helpful or inspirational to myself but I did not really connect with the author's own experiences. There were references to some interesting research done on how people achieve a sense of belonging. She also talked about how people are searching for connection today because so much of their lives are spent connecting in [...]

    11. This book really struck a chord with me. Author Emily White combines the story of her personal quest for more connection with academic research in the area of belonging. This results in a very readable, and actionable, set of suggestions for people seeking more connection with the world. She is honest and funny and sometimes wistful as she describes her attempts to connect, some successful and some not-so-much. From a local animal rights group, through international organizations, to yoga and Pi [...]

    12. This is a helpful resource for anyone looking to identify how to go about joining and creating connections when you may not know how to do so, or may be scared to do so. It helped me realize a number of things about myself and my search for meaningful relationships and for a more fulfilled life. I specifically enjoyed the part relating to choosing things that are important to YOU, and not seeking belonging in places other people suggest or want you to join. You will never find what you are looki [...]

    13. 'Count Me In" by Emily White offers both realistic advice and the author’s personal experience in finding the sense of belonging or connection in life.I found it helpful to read the conclusion chapter first and it really tied everything together nicely. She points out “I think we all need at least one group that we can easily access in times of need.” As well, I found this comment relevant: “There’s no right or wrong way to ground a connection project.”Follow Emily White’s journey [...]

    14. This book was good and interesting. Sometimes it felt a little long but it was still a good book. I found it to be a nice take on how to connect in a disconnected world. i would definitely recommend it to anyone interested.*won on GoodReads First Reads*

    15. Really cool take on what it means to be a citizen and roving community member in various places. Liked the personal stories a lot - felt connected to the author. Could have used some editing as I felt some parts were repetitive but overall, an interesting read.

    16. I think that White is raising a lot of questions that we should be thinking about. Belonging in this digital society is not easy and she has an interesting perspective. Very relevant book.

    17. Not as good as her first book "Lonely." Some good thoughts and experiments, but she fell short of any satisfying conclusions.

    18. An interesting read, with a very personal approach and perspective. I did find it a bit lengthy in the middle chapters.

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