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Power through your worst days so you can enjoy the good ones with this "fight or flight" manual for life (the fake one you live on the internet and the one you actually live). “I’m not here asking you to fix yourself. There’s nothing wrong with you, okay? I know that how my day goes depends on whether I wake up full of hope or despair. It’s not about what’s happening, it’s Power through your worst days so you can enjoy the good ones with this "fight or flight" manual for life (the fake one you live on the internet and the one you actually live). “I’m not here asking you to fix yourself. There’s nothing wrong with you, okay? I know that how my day goes depends on whether I wake up full of hope or despair. It’s not about what’s happening, it’s about my relationship to what’s happening, you know?” –Grace Miceli, from How to Deal Dealing with ourselves requires . . . a lot. On the good days, it takes patience and humor; on the bad, it can devolve into online shopping sprees, over-analyzing the punctuation from every text message you receive or baking 4 dozen cookies—for ourselves. In this relatable and hilarious collection of comic strips, modern day motivational posters, and illustrated lists and diary entries, illustrator Grace Miceli explores how our comfort zones may be a trap, how to stay when you want to run away, and where to find light when everything feels dark—beyond the glow of your phone. This sharply observed book is a "fight or flight" manual for life (the fake one you live on the internet and the one you actually live), a weird but honest road map from a friend who wants to make it just that much easier for you to navigate your own journey.


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Power through your worst days so you can enjoy the good ones with this "fight or flight" manual for life (the fake one you live on the internet and the one you actually live). “I’m not here asking you to fix yourself. There’s nothing wrong with you, okay? I know that how my day goes depends on whether I wake up full of hope or despair. It’s not about what’s happening, it’s Power through your worst days so you can enjoy the good ones with this "fight or flight" manual for life (the fake one you live on the internet and the one you actually live). “I’m not here asking you to fix yourself. There’s nothing wrong with you, okay? I know that how my day goes depends on whether I wake up full of hope or despair. It’s not about what’s happening, it’s about my relationship to what’s happening, you know?” –Grace Miceli, from How to Deal Dealing with ourselves requires . . . a lot. On the good days, it takes patience and humor; on the bad, it can devolve into online shopping sprees, over-analyzing the punctuation from every text message you receive or baking 4 dozen cookies—for ourselves. In this relatable and hilarious collection of comic strips, modern day motivational posters, and illustrated lists and diary entries, illustrator Grace Miceli explores how our comfort zones may be a trap, how to stay when you want to run away, and where to find light when everything feels dark—beyond the glow of your phone. This sharply observed book is a "fight or flight" manual for life (the fake one you live on the internet and the one you actually live), a weird but honest road map from a friend who wants to make it just that much easier for you to navigate your own journey.

30 review for How to Deal: With Fear, Failure, and Other Daily Dreads

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    An excellent book of advices and interesting sayings. I liked the bug spray can that says, “please don’t give me advice unless I ask for it” and so many others. Advices sneaked into grocery lists and to-do lists were cool. Advices in diary entries and food brands/household products were creative. Being a dog doesn’t sound so bad or a desk plant or a phone or a stamp as mentioned in this book. Fabulous ideas! Loved the different ways the author present advices to readers. Such a fun self-help boo An excellent book of advices and interesting sayings. I liked the bug spray can that says, “please don’t give me advice unless I ask for it” and so many others. Advices sneaked into grocery lists and to-do lists were cool. Advices in diary entries and food brands/household products were creative. Being a dog doesn’t sound so bad or a desk plant or a phone or a stamp as mentioned in this book. Fabulous ideas! Loved the different ways the author present advices to readers. Such a fun self-help book because we all know self-help books can often be a bored to read. The illustrations were definitely random because I tried to connect to the words but they don’t relate. It’s fun to see different illustrations anyway. This book started with an introduction from the author. She wrote this book from her own experiences with mental health. Many illustrations were created during lockdown. Chapter one was How to Not Make it Personal where the author informed readers that we should learn to respond to other people’s opinions instead of taking it personally. In the next few pages that followed will be random illustrations and short sentences of things that bothers you and advices on how to deal inserted in a to-do list/grocery list or a label on a bottle of bug spray. Then chapter two discussed about staying present and paying attention to whatever you are doing but often we do things while thinking of something else. Followed this chapter will be random illustrations, advices given in fun ways like on the label of a bottle of shampoo or a dear diary entry. Chapter three reminded us to be nice to ourselves because most often we are the first to criticize ourselves. How to Deal: With Fear, Failure, and Other Daily Dreads was well written and creatively organized. Such a neatly packaged book of advices and things we do just because we are human. The errors of what we do that’s not good for us seems to be like something many of us do, such as self-criticism, self-doubt, unwillingness to share our feelings or not being present with yourself/friends. Therefore, this book can be helpful for everyone, if not from chapter one then maybe via chapter two or three or four or five. I liked how colorful this book was and the variety of how info were presented. It kept my attention and I read every word. I highly recommend everyone to read this book! xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details Many thanks to Voracious Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

  2. 4 out of 5

    paige

    Essential for everyone’s bookshelf!! This is a book I’ve been waiting for - I have followed Grace on Instagram for years now and sometimes it’s scary how much a 4 panel illustration by her feels like it’s straight from my head. With “How to Deal” we get 200 pages of this and it’s such a treat. An amazing compilation that reminds us we are not alone in our thoughts, feelings, and the world. Also love her friendship with Jordan Sondler (another amazing artist and mental health advocate you should Essential for everyone’s bookshelf!! This is a book I’ve been waiting for - I have followed Grace on Instagram for years now and sometimes it’s scary how much a 4 panel illustration by her feels like it’s straight from my head. With “How to Deal” we get 200 pages of this and it’s such a treat. An amazing compilation that reminds us we are not alone in our thoughts, feelings, and the world. Also love her friendship with Jordan Sondler (another amazing artist and mental health advocate you should follow on IG) who is mentioned a few times in this book, which was also a joyful reminder about love amongst our girlfriends. Thank you so much Grace. It was truly an act of love to share your thoughts and feelings with us.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Zelaya

    I love this book so much !! The perfect companion for grounding yourself and shifting your perspective after such a difficult year, especially as we navigate how to be social and move through the world again. Thank you and congratulations Grace on a vulnerable and fun, humorous take on daily life as a 30 something!! This book is a perfect gift for a friend to let them know you're thinking of fhem! I love this book so much !! The perfect companion for grounding yourself and shifting your perspective after such a difficult year, especially as we navigate how to be social and move through the world again. Thank you and congratulations Grace on a vulnerable and fun, humorous take on daily life as a 30 something!! This book is a perfect gift for a friend to let them know you're thinking of fhem!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Sowinski

    These are anxious times and these modern anxiety comics are hilarious and relatable. I'd recommend bite size consumption but I just devoured the whole book in one sitting. These are anxious times and these modern anxiety comics are hilarious and relatable. I'd recommend bite size consumption but I just devoured the whole book in one sitting.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lilian

    “Dear Diary, I’ve noticed that sometimes I won’t go after what I want because I’m so scared of what I’ll think of myself if I don’t get it.” This book is so effing neat. i loved the drawings and the colors and all it had to say about dread. As a recent graduate everything said hit the nail on the head for me. And I think it made me more comfortable feeling what i’m feeling bc I know others feel the same way. Very validating.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mari Miceli

    Funny and honest overview of everyday worries and stress. Many ways to help you put these into perspective. Bright and cute drawings illustrate how so many of us feel. After reading this book, I felt less alone and better about myself. How to Deal: With Fear, Failure, and Other Daily Dreads Funny and honest overview of everyday worries and stress. Many ways to help you put these into perspective. Bright and cute drawings illustrate how so many of us feel. After reading this book, I felt less alone and better about myself. How to Deal: With Fear, Failure, and Other Daily Dreads

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