I just had the privilege of reading Justin Ahrens’ Life Kerning. It’s a pretty solid book, filled with industry-experienced insight.
Essentially, Life Kerning pushes us to find balance between work and life outside of work. Because they really sort of need each other. I’m of the school of thought that everything you know and anything you learn, whether it’s related to the industry or not, reinforces your work and broadens your perspective. And while, I’m a bit of a workaholic, I am slowly learning the importance of things that aren’t always work. I find my work is benefited by taking some time to not work.
A lot of times Ahrens hits on topics that I know I’ve had conversations about not that long ago, but they strike me in a different way coming from a guy who runs his own shop and does what I do. Makes it all the more relevant I suppose.
This book came to me by way of my best friend attending a talk Justin Ahrens was giving out in Kansas City. At a time in my life where I’m just trying to look ahead and see what I want my career to look like—how I want to massage it to reach the lofty goals that I’ve set for myself. When I read the brief overview on Amazon, I bought it immediately. And it was just what I needed to help focus my thinking into an ordered list.
We all need balance in our lives. Even if that’s coming to embrace that there is no such thing as balance. Just weighing imbalances. Life is what you make it and you get out of it what you put into it. Whether that be in your career, your hobby, your relationship, etc. The routines that we build and the paths that we take can use some kerning from time to time.