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Handmade Book “50 by 50: 50 Nuggets of Wisdom I Discovered by Age 50”


Handcrafted book of life wisdom with a message of love and self-worth.

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This little book is an offering of love that is perfect for grads and anyone seeking insight and guidance along life’s path. I wrote it while on a spiritual retreat prior to my 50th birthday.

It began as a letter to my 1-year-old granddaughter. There was so much I wanted to say.

A little background: Both my parents had passed away recently, I had resigned from a career that was no longer a fit for me, my youngest child had gone off to college, and I was grappling with some questions around the kinds of relationships I wanted in my life going forward. I was at a crossroads and was asking some Big Questions and reflecting on the paths I’d taken (and not taken) as I approached this milestone birthday. I was also in the midst of a massive house decluttering project that was set in motion when we sold my parents’ house and had to clear everything out of their house (which our family moved into when I was 13). While on retreat, I reflected on what I had learned and experienced thus far and contemplated where I wanted to go from there and what I needed to let go of. 

I wrote this book for my granddaughter and for my 20-something-year-old self who was trying to figure out what direction to go. It is full of advice I wish I had back then and seeds of wisdom I’d like to plant in my granddaughter so she might avoid some of the mistakes I made! This little book is infused with so much positive energy! Above all, it is a message of love and self-worth.

I painted the cover papers and sewed the text blocks and decorative stitching on the outside. Each handmade book is one of a kind. If you have a particular color choice in mind, please let me know, and I will try to accommodate your preference. I can also do a custom order if you have a strong preference that isn’t in stock. Custom orders will be mailed within a week, and in-stock items will be mailed within two business days. I will create new books as the ones shown sell out, so please understand that the books pictured are samples that are not guaranteed to be in stock but give a sense of the general appearance.

The book measures 5-1/2″ wide and 7″ tall, the covers are made from sturdy watercolor paper, and there are are three styles to choose from: hardcover and two softcover variations. One softcover style is bound with lovely, decorative stitching around the spine, and the other is finished with decorative tape along the spine edge and (because of the way the text blocks were stitched together) lays a little flatter. Please let me know if you prefer one kind of binding over the other. If you don’t specify a color or binding choice, I will choose the one I sense resonates best with you or the recipient. 🙂

Additional information

Weight .7 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8.5 × 1 in

Hardcover, Soft Cover with Decorative Outer Stitching, Soft Cover with Inner Stitching & Decorative Tape

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