Adulting. There’s really not a prescribed age when it starts or when it ends. In this week’s episode, Laura talks to critically acclaimed author, teacher, activist and parent, Julie Lythcott-Haims. They talk about Julie’s decades of experience with both young adults and their parents/guardians and how, often, less is more. Julie beautifully speaks to one of the themes of her work with young adults which is “You matter.” Unconditionally. Not when this or if this. Just you. Yourself. They connect on their backgrounds and intersecting paths, their work, and their hope for doing all they can to alleviate overwhelm, and the roots of overwhelm, for anyone who finds themselves mired in adulting. Whether you want to grow up, don’t want to grow up, or do or don’t want that for someone else, this conversation is for you!
Julie Lythcott-Haims believes in humans and is deeply interested in what gets in our way. Her work encompasses writing, speaking, teaching, mentoring, and activism. She is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult which gave rise to a popular TED Talk. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience as a Black and biracial person in white spaces. Her third book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, has been called a “groundbreakingly frank” guide to adulthood.
Julie holds degrees from Stanford, Harvard Law, and California College of the Arts. She currently serves on the boards of Common Sense Media, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Narrative Magazine, and on the Board of Trustees at California College of the Arts. She serves on the advisory boards of LeanIn.Org, Sir Ken Robinson Foundation and Baldwin For the Arts.
She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, their itinerant young adults, and her mother.