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Adulting book written by Lakeridge alumna


Kelly Williams Brown shares tips with 20-somethings

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Kelly Williams Brown, a Lakeridge High alumna, has written Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps.

Kelly Williams Brown, writer, doodler, girl on the go and Lakeridge High alumna, has published “Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps.”

The book was released last spring to rave reviews throughout the United States and is currently enjoying success around the globe. The book is a guide for 20-somethings, a way for young people to learn how to become an adult or recognize when they’ve hit the milestone.

Brown studied journalism at Loyola University New Orleans and has enjoyed a successful writing career since graduating in 2006. She said the idea for the advice book came to her when she was working as a newspaper columnist.

“I was coming up on a birthday and decided to post a question to readers on Facebook about what skills/abilities/possessions one should acquire by age 30 — not the amorphous ‘Forgive yourself! Accept others as they are!’ kind of tips, but rather the actionable ‘Have both a flat- and a Phillips-head screwdriver’ sort. I got a ton of responses, most of which were things I would never have thought of but seem obvious once somebody else said them.”

The book is separated into categories so the reader can pick and choose topics they wish to work on. Step 31 in the section on domesticity states that if you are really terrible at cleaning, it may be worth it to hire a cleaner and ask if he or she can tutor you while cleaning. The money section includes many tips on budgeting, including Step 100: Stick to your budget not because it’s the right thing to do, but because it gives you an out.

“The book covers things like how bleach works, what one says in a condolence note and how not to sleep with your co-workers,” said Brown.

The book is available online at kellywilliamsbrown.com or through the major booksellers in stores and online.