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Happy Jewish New Year! What’s on your Do-Better list for 5777? #ImJudgingYou giveaway

May this be a year of love and kindness

May strangers come to be friends

May truth and compassion always guide us.


This #NewYearPrayer song came through my Facebook feed this morning via NYC’s famous 92nd Street Y, and as I play it on repeat it holds a hopeful grip around my heart. If this were 2009, I might embed the song on a loop for this post, but then I’d immediately have something to repent for come Yom Kippur. For those of you blissfully unaware of the auto-playback, in ye olde blogginge days of yore some foolish folks arranged it so when you’d visit their blog a song blasted each visitor hello (and then goodbye as they ran to slam the door to that website, never to return.)

 A new year, a good year, a chance to all start over. A new year, a sweet year, a chance to bring us closer.

In celebration of the new year,  I’m celebrating a chance for all of us to do better by giving away a copy of the bold, hilarious, and urgently important brand new New York Time’s immediate best-seller: Luvvie Ajayi’s I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual


From life and culture in general, to social media and fame, I’m Judging You could be subtitled “Laugh and Get Woke 101” and should be required reading for all of us. We can all do better, and Luvvie shows us how with her thought-provoking irreverent no-holds-barred guide, complete with slang conveniently annotated and decoded for even the whitest among us (raises hand).




This book inspires you to contemplate and confront what you think you know, expanding your worldview and loosening your TMJ from wide-mouth cackling. Bonus: I’m including this journal designed by Molly Campbell for you to write down your own Do-Better action plan, or you can fill it with your favorite Luvvie quotes like:


Christians swear up and down that Jesus was a white man with blond hair and blue eyes. Did the Bible say he had hair of wool? Maybe he was rocking a Jew-fro, since he was actually Jewish. How did y’all come up with this Jesus who has hair that’s been flat-ironed so straight, I’m left wondering what anti-frizz spray he used? Was that how he used the myrrh oil the wise men brought him on his birthday? (I’m Judging You, p. 141).



As I enter the Jewish High Holy days, I will be considering my own Do-Better list. How will you Do-Better in 5777 ?? Leave a comment below with an item from your Do-Better plan, and I’ll pick a winner at random (continental US for shipping, please).


p.s. Locals, don’t miss a chance to hear Luvvie read from her new book as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival coming up soon at 9pm on October 22nd!

She’s a warm funny-as-hell truth teller.


 Me and Luvvie at SheKnows #BlogHer15 meet-up in Chicago. Note: I have no explanation or justification for my hand placement, but Luvvie this is one place I can definitely Do-Better. 

11 comments… add one

  • Mari October 1, 2016, 3:53 pm

    My do-better plan includes more SELF AWARENESS; to that end, I’ve started a meditation practice at a Zen Buddha center near my home. I’m learning about Buddhism, about self-awareness, about follow-through, about love.

  • Kat Schuknecht October 1, 2016, 7:15 pm

    I’m going to stop asking for people’s advice (on parenting, on business, on life) through social media, because their suggestions are never what I want to hear, so I just end up judging them for being “wrong.”

  • Kate Pantinas October 1, 2016, 9:47 pm

    I am working on doing things at work that make me happier – research!

  • Ann Imig October 2, 2016, 8:18 am

    Meditation is such good stuff, and I think pretty much all change begins with self-awareness. xoxo

  • Ann Imig October 2, 2016, 8:19 am

    Good one, Kat. Judgement is human, but man I think it lends itself to a lot of unhappiness all around.

  • Ann Imig October 2, 2016, 8:20 am

    That’s fantastic, Kate!!

  • Josephine Thompson October 2, 2016, 6:09 pm

    I quit smoking in January & now it’s time to add some exercise to my daily routine.

  • Ann Imig October 3, 2016, 7:40 am

    Way to go, Josephine!! That’s huge!

  • Ann Imig October 5, 2016, 11:43 am

    Kat, you were randomly selected! Email me your shipping address. Congrats!

  • julie gardner October 10, 2016, 12:05 pm

    I’m late to the giveaway but still wanted to chime in and say I can’t wait to read this book.

    I’ve been so focused on using my time for writing and family, I’ve become a little too insular. I’d like to be more interactive with the real world…

    Maybe. (It’s scary sometimes.)

  • Andrea October 11, 2016, 3:49 pm

    I am so very late to the party, but it would have taken me even longer to narrow down to just one thing to do better at…hmmm, maybe making decisions!

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