More Than Enough Claiming Space for Who You Are No Matter

More Than Enough Claiming Space for Who You Are No Matter What They Say So many kernels of wisdom So many seeds of love and empowerment I went into this not really knowing who Elaine was I know shameful but after reading her memoir I'm now a HUGE fan cue me immediately following her on Twitter and Instagram Her story of following her passions – and the struggles that come with it – especially as a woman of color was honest inspiring and entertaining Her narration was perfect and I loved that her parents' narrated things they said Definitely pick this one up if you love a good memoir As a writer and editor I've read a lot of memoirs by legends icons and giants in the industry over the years; hell that was half of my reading diet back in college I've read even articles and interviews on the internet chronicling the lives and careers of the women I wanted to beI can say without a doubt though that Elaine Welteroth's More Than Enough is one of my favorites to date Not only is her story line clear and her writing breezy but she offers so much than just some vague advice and you can do it platitudes She's real about topics like misogynoir codependency burnout and everything in betweenI've also been a Teen Vogue contributor on and off since early 2016 so it was eually dishy to read about some of the stuff I never got the full story on at the time We love that insider knowledge Wow I have to say Wow This book really put some things into perspective for me Some which I knew already being a woman and the challenges we face everyday in the work place and life and even touch on the #MeToo movement It also really helped open my eyes to some amazing pieces I wasn't aware of for the Black community There are so many beautiful inspiring stories in this book I recommend it to all my friends It has also helped me as I am starting up at a new company to find my voice and speak up for what I don't agree with and where I see change needs to happen I even want to see about getting shirts made for our staff or in our store that say #BetheChange We all have an impact to make in this world and we can all be allies to one another I hope many of the people who were shared about in Elaine's life have found the way to correct their course and deal with that inner being which seeks to blame others for their hardships mistakes or misunderstandings I still cannot believe what happened to Jonathan in the west village but now I want to be awake to the fact that these things are happening all the time And we need to change We can all be a part of the change in our worlds Never has a memoir made me feel so seen and motivated More Than Enough is a book that will resonate with any minority who has ever felt invisible any woman who's ever been in a shitty relationship and any young budding millennial activist trying to pave their way through their professional field Elaine is nothing short of an icon I could easily read this book a thousand times over “We went through what we went through so that you could live baby girl So you gotta live Run after it And know that we are all with you” I was tearing up at the first chapter This book was easy to read and Elaine passes on so many little gems and life lessons I loved how she made sure to talk about the many challenges she faced while trying to achieve her goals Watching someone’s life play out on social media can make things appear prefect than they really are Looks can be deceiving I related to her on a professional and personal level Totally understood her mixed feelings concerning how she first got the “editor” position at Teen Vogue Having to paste on a half hearted smile for every one who is happy for you but doesn’t know the real situation Feeling like you should be grateful for the opportunity but also like you are being taken advantage of by people who know they are doing it Also that sting of micro aggressions from people who you consider friends Having to constantly hold your tongue because you would rather spend your time and energy on important thingsThere are so many good takeaways from this book and I highly recommend it Everyone can benefit from reading it especially young girls I really liked this book I have so much in common with the author same age both mixed exes went to same college from the same area husbands went to same HS so I could relate deeply to her I wasn’t deeply moved but enjoyed her stories The book felt a little sanitized or too polished for me Perhaps the thought of a you get audience played a factor Without the commonalities I’m not sure how I would’ve felt about the book overall In this part manifesto part memoir the revolutionary editor who infused social consciousness into the pages of Teen Vogue explores what it means to come into your own—on your own terms Throughout her life Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion shattering ceilings along the way In this riveting and timely memoir the groundbreaking journalist unpacks lessons on race identity and success through her own journey from navigating her way as the unstoppable child of an unlikely interracial marriage in small town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change makers Welteroth moves beyond the headlines and highlight reels to share the profound lessons and struggles of being a barrier breaker across so many intersections As a young boss and often the only Black woman in the room she’s had enough of the world telling her—and all women—they’re not enough As she learns to rely on herself by looking both inward and upward we’re ultimately reminded that we’re than enough I really liked the first half maybe first 23 of this book I loved hearing about Elaine’s experience growing up as a biracial woman When she started to talk about her experience at Teen Vogue is when she lost me I respect her so much am so grateful that she is basically responsible for Teen Vogue “becoming woke” and admire the work she put into the magazine However I saw a lot of missed opportunities in this section of the book and they really rubbed me the wrong way She talks about how her job was extremely stressful causing her to develop anxiety and lose weight but then went on to blame herself instead of the toxic “grind” culture that is so prevalent in NYC and the magazine industry She even mentions that the uote “there is no glory in a grind that grinds you down” was very life changing for her but does not explore what this meant in her life Elaine’s doctor diagnosed her with anxiety and instead of advocating for therapy or mental health awareness she said she would just look up at the sky and thank God because he had a plan for her Because this book is marketed so heavily as a book that serves as an inspiration for young women who are starting their careers I just couldn’t get comfortable with these aspects of the book Elaine Welteroth is an icon Full stop I first learned of Elaine through her work at Teen Vogue and her stint on Project Runway as a judge which is what inspired me to check out her memoirMore Than Enough follows Welteroth from her childhood up through her time at Teen Vogue It's an incredibly honest and thoughtful look into her life as a biracial woman as she deftly handles her experience with issues such as colorism imposter syndrome racism and ageism in the workplace and the trials of going through her experiences with her First Love and then the man she thought was her Future Husband I loved that the book centers on both her love life and her career ambitions making it clear that sometimes those twin tracks in her life were at odds She owns her success in a way that is gratifying it's empowering to see a badass own being a badassWhile I think this memoir is a fairly in depth look into her life it's clear Welteroth holds back about the internal struggles with hierarchy and power she dealt with at Teen Vogue I get it this isn't a tell all and she's not trying to burn down bridges with Anna Wintour But it's clear went on that what she's putting on the pages I also wish she had dug in a bit to how she dealt with burn out and importantly what she's doing or thinks others in positions of power should do to combat the workaholic culture that causes so many people to burn out But these are minor uibbles in a book that in total is very very good If you read this I highly recommend the audiobook The format is innovative as Welteroth reads the book herself but it also heavily features her mother and her father who actually read many of their lines throughout the book It really drives home the relationship between Welteroth and her parents particularly her mother and is such a cool approach to narrating a memoir There's also a great interview between Welteroth and her parents at the end that is very charming Overall a great read

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