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THE BIG LIFE

Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the BADASS BABE You Were Meant to Be

The Big Life will help you tap into your ambition, honor your dreams, and create your own version of The Big Life.

Praise for The Big Life

“Ann is a phenomenal champion for women. She makes us all feel seen, heard and, most importantly, validated.”

Issa Rae, creator and star of HBO series Insecure and New York Times Best Selling author of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

“Ann has always seen the power and potential in young women. The Big Life helps make all our dreams closer than ever.”

Lauren Conrad, designer and New York Times bestselling author of Lauren Conrad Celebrate

“Giving back is a crucial part of The Big Life for me and my generation. Ann shows that we succeed when we help others succeed.”

Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO and Founder of FEED

“Our generation of women is changing the rules for work. This uncharted territory is both exciting and challenging—and we’re lucky to have Ann Shoket as our guide in career, love, and life. I wish I’d had this book when I was getting started!”

Kathryn Minshew, founder and CEO of The Muse

“Ann Shoket is a fresh and credible voice for a new generation of women leaders who are redefining success. With authority and wit, Ann guides young women who are already making their mark in unlocking The Big Life that they deserve.”

Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer of Levo and author of Drop the Ball

You always knew you’d do big things.

You want The Big Life—that delicious cocktail of passion, career, work, ambition, respect, money and a monumental relationship. And you want it on your own terms.

Ann Shoket Badass Babes Dinner

This mission of this book is to create a sisterhood of young women, like you, who are working through the most complex issues in their lives together. As part of the research for this book, I have had a series of dinners at my apartment in New York City. Each dinner is a group of about 6 or so, friends of a friend of a friend, who come together to talk about the itchy emotions around money, sex, dating, love, friends, marriage, and of course, work.

The intimacy of the conversations with these women and dozens of others has helped the advice in The Big Life evolve from how-to to me-too.

It’s my mission to make you recognize your power—and make the world recognize it too.

EMBRACE YOUR MESS

Work Life Balance is a Sham. While Piles of Dirty Laundry, an Empty Fridge and a Four-Espresso-a-Day Habit Are Actually Signs You’re Making it.

Work-life balance is a sham. It doesn’t exist. And I don’t think it should….For you, right now, there is no point when work ends and life begins. It’s all work all the time and all life all the time. You want what you do for a living to feel like actual living. That’s the magic trick.”

The Journey Matters

You Can’t Fast Forward to the Spoils

“What if you could totally blow up the path to success and dictate the rules of your own journey? No out-of-touch bosses to make you feel clueless. No slow and steady climb waiting for reviews that never come or budgets to get approved. What if instead of twists and turns, you blazed an entirely new path? It’s a pretty seductive idea, isn’t it?”

Stop With the What Ifs

How to Find The Partner Who Honors Your Ambition and Why You Should Stop Worrying About Family and Babies Right Now.

“Maybe you’ll get married and have children before you turn 30. Maybe you’ll decide to have children on your own at 38. Maybe you’ll swear off all dating until you’ve made executive vice president. Maybe you’ll freeze your eggs. Maybe your high school crush was the right one for you after all.…You need to see this piece of your Big Life as full of opportunity to craft a relationship exactly the way you want it instead of seeing it as a rapidly dwindling chance to lock it in before you turn 30/before you run out of eggs/before all the good ones get married…or whatever scary scenarios are running around in your head.”

Badass Babes

The Badass Babes are a sisterhood of women who are determined to carve their own path, on their own terms.
Do you want to find your passion, amp up your confidence—at work and in relationships, and make the world recognize your awesomeness? Sign up now!

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