About The Book Of Me

The Book Of Me began in 1978 as a 7th Grade English assignment to complete over winter break (which sucked) of ten sections which seemed like SO much work. Additionally, the rule was to answer the questions as it related only to the past year which I thought it to be weird, but I did it, made a cool cover and got an 'A.'

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"The Book of Me... A Compelling Literary Exploration & Dissection of Consciousness, Being, and Self." -Sherri Reed

"I just love the simplicity of the format- I can't wait to get to know ME...better!"

Writing Is Freedom

Growing up as a Generation X-er, I didn't touch a typewriter (other than at my Moms work) until I was  13.  It was all about physical writing, which,  became a difference maker for me both inside and outside of school.  As I got older,  I began to understand the liberating and therapeutic properties of writing for myself, but to  be able to freely express my frustration with situations I was experiencing and observing I had notebooks full of stories, my diaries of course, and a new thing I started to do-- journal.    


I rediscovered my original yellow and orange folder some nine years later during a move and decided it would be fun to tackle them again. Who knew I’d be doing it year after year since. For the first couple of years, I completed my Book Of Me  as that 7th grade assignment. Over the course of six years,       I tweaked the content to reflect that of a young adult rather than a child. That version was self-published in 2008 under the title: “The Book of Me: A Yearly Reflection Of My Life.” Although I have added text to address our current world in the past ten years, this version retains the essence of that 1982 assignment in its simple and seemingly trivial questions, lists and situations.

Before you get started, I ask one thing: Commit to writing one complete Book Of Me. After that, it’s totally up to you whether you retrace this path annually or never again. 2020 will mark my 33rd volume of The Book Of Me. Either way, you’ll have a valuable place-keeper of who you are, what you feel and where you’re going from the date of this first Book of Me. 

-A Arlandson

St. Paul, MN

October, 2020

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