Like many young professionals in their twenties, Nina MacLaughlin spent most of her days at a desk, honing her career skills at a Boston newspaper in order to climb the ladder in her profession. In the midst of her career climb, as she approached her late twenties, MacLaughlin realized that she had hit a wall. The route she walked to and from work each day began to lose its luster, and she questioned whether the slow and steady draining of her mind into the screen before her (another daily occurence) meant anything in the end. Her daily routines, which at one time had brought comfort and a sense of purpose to her life, had gone stale. After examining this unexpected change of heart for some time, MacLaughlin did what many in her position only dream of. One morning she walked to work, crossing the bridge that she had so many times before, and promptly quite her job.
MacLaughlin's story is one of personal and professional growth, and proves that there are times when going with your gut can truly pay off. As she takes a leap into a new profession as a carpenter's assistant, we are invited along for the little known frustrations and setbacks experienced by professional carpenters, the grit and grime of remodeling basements, the joy of working with freshly cut two by fours and mastering the art and accuracy required for finish work. But it is the unexpected love of the job, and the satisfaction she receives from fixing, restoring, and creating lasting pieces that ultimately make this title worth a look. Highly recommended for twenty somethings, and anyone seeking to reinvent their career path.