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Are you reading Jenny Lawson? If not, you should be. She is hilarious. I discovered her sort of by accident and actually read her second book before her first, but it worked out okay. Jenny is also known as “The Bloggess,” and her blog provides laughter and inspiration to many dealing with chronic disease or mental illness. You can still enjoy her if you have neither! Jenny has a myriad of diagnoses both physical and mental, but she shares her journey to help remove the stigma of illness and to entertain. I got to meet her this past March and totally fangirled.
I kind of have a history of losing all coherent thought around celebrities. I’m still recovering from an encounter 12 years ago when I told silver fox CNN anchor, Anderson Cooper “You are my favorite news person.” Which was only slightly better than when my husband said, “Dude, my wife loves you!”
I did keep it together enough to thank her for her work and pose for a pic. Jenny is on the right. Note the box of tissues, other people must lose it when they meet her too.
Jenny’s first book chronicles her unusual childhood as the daughter of a taxidermist in rural Texas, which explains her love of “humane” taxidermy (the animals were not killed solely for the purpose of taxidermy). Jenny also shares stories from her time working in HR (hysterical), how she met her husband Victor (she thought he was gay) and the birth of her daughter. In addition to her medical issues, she is also a magnet for weirdness, swears like a sailor and makes up new words which she uses liberally. These things combine for some very entertaining insanity.
Jenny’s second book is my personal favorite. I started reading Furiously Happy on an airplane next to a stranger who was instantly convinced that I was a lunatic from my giggles and laugh-crying. At times I had to close the book and wait until I could get my fit under control so I could return to reading and eventually start the laugh/cry all over again. In Furiously Happy Jenny tells new outrageous stories from her life, and dives deeper into coping with depression and mental illness.
Encouraged by her blog readers, Jenny released an adult coloring book after years of sharing her drawings online. You can color them or just enjoy the words of wisdom that accompany her artwork.
I like to read blog posts from Jenny’s archives when I need a laugh. You can find them here.
There is so much more I could share about Jenny Lawson, but you should just go read her for yourself and let the laughter begin.
Current Obsessions: Leanne is a wife, mother of 2 and currently unemployed. Her writing has been featured at GirlBodyPride.com and The Huffington Post. She is currently avoiding writing a memoir of her summer as an exchange student. Follow her nowhere, because that would be stalking, as she does not tweet, blog or insta. She doesn’t even own a smartphone!
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