Minivan Mogul: A Crash Course in Confidence for Women

Minivan Mogul: A Crash Course in Confidence for Women

by Alex Perry


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Trying to be confident in today’s world is tough. Brutal, actually.

When was the last time you got on social media and thought,

“Man, that really helped me feel better about myself?”

Give me a break!

Sound familiar?

Then hop in; we’re going for a ride.

OK, so you’ve got some confidence issues. Of course you do! Who doesn’t these days? In a world where women are constantly bombarded by unrealistic beauty standards, “Sunday best” glimpses into the lives of others via social media, and TEDx talks on how to give perfect TEDx talks, where does an Average Jane fit in?

Meet Alex Perry: successful entrepreneur; speech language pathologist; TEDx speaker; and one proud, minivan-driving mom from the Midwest. Having started her business from the ground up and navigated around road blocks, potholes, and traffic jams, she understands what it’s like to struggle with confidence, especially when it feels like the road ahead is always bumpy. Through her honest and delightfully-awkward personal anecdotes, Alex encourages women to apply the brakes when confronted with confidence dead ends—pointless comparisons, insincerity, and stubborn independence, oh my!—and instead steer toward authenticity, support, and determination. Her witty, insightful, and caring guide will empower you to cruise through life’s twists and turns with more joy, more peace, and the kind of success that is only found through true confidence.

Now grab yourself a cold drink, climb in, and hold on tight*; it’s time for your crash course.

(*Seriously … hold on tight, bring some extra Cheetos, and please don’t make Alex parallel park.)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735091532
Publisher: Warren Publishing NC
Publication date: 06/09/2020
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Introduction 3

Chapter One

Road Rule 1: When in doubt, steer toward confidence 9

Introduction 9

“Being anything other than confident seems like a lot of work” 12

Confidence doesn’t come in a syringe 13

Next time, I’m ordering the pizza 17

P.S.-ing my way out of the box 21

Define “effusive” 25

I blame elementary school and Brené Brown for this 29

Rearview Reflection 32

Chapter Two

Road Rule 2: Keep your eyes on the road in front of you 33

Introduction 33

Social media scrolling 35

“Comparison is the thief of joy until you realize you’re better than

everyone else” 39

“What is it about you that I don’t like about me?” 40

What we miss when we compare 42

You are one in a million or trillion or some crazy number like that 45

Rearview Reflection 48

Chapter Three

Road Rule 3: When someone catches you singing at a stop light,

smile and wave! 49

Introduction 49

There’s nothing unique about me 52

Ever tried to Skype in Arabic? 54

What’s in a name? 59

You’re making things awkward 62

Rearview Reflection 66

Chapter Four

Road Rule 4: It’s OK to stop and ask for directions. 67

Introduction 67

What do you do when you’re literally stuck? 70

Teenager + Shopping = Angst 77

Google doesn’t have all of the answers 81

Rearview Reflection 87

Chapter Five

Road Rule 5: No matter how rough the road gets, just keep going 89

Introduction 89

School fundraisers stink 92

We don’t poop on Hazel Dell 96

It’s not easy breaking your heart 100

Finish what you’ve started 106

Rearview Reflection 111

Conclusion 113

Afterword 117

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