From Engage the Fox to Zero Fox Given

A little while ago, I was at a women’s retreat and we were about to do a painting class. I was wearing a shirt covered in a fox print and one of the women told me I might want to change so I would not ruin my shirt.

“This?” I said. “To tell you the truth, I’m a little tired of foxes.”

I then proceeded to share that what nobody tells you about writing a book is that you spend an equal amount of time publicizing it. I did a lot of interviews and wrote articles and I must have mentioned the word Fox at least a million times.

“I’m a little foxed out,” I said.

“You give Zero Fox!” said one of the women.

We then had a conversation about how in midlife, you start giving Zero Fox. You become the person you were meant to be all along, because you no longer care who is watching. It’s freeing. It’s also terrifying because the only one in charge of you is you.

This raises a lot of questions: Who are you? What is your purpose? Who do you want to be? If you don’t have a way of processing these things, you end up running away with your best friend’s husband or buying an impractical car. In Engage the Fox, I used storytelling as a powerful tool to help people make better decisions at work. In my next book, I want to explore the ideas brought forward in Engage the Fox and apply them to  our lives. How can we use critical thinking to help us live our best life possible? How could we apply this way of thinking to midlife change? How could knowledge of our personality type prevent a midlife crisis? And how can we use storytelling skills to change our narratives and therefore change our lives.

The working title for my next book is Saved by Storytelling: Using the Power of Story to Change Your Life but I also call it Zero Fox Given since it sounds more sequel-like that way. If you are interested, you can follow along on my storytelling adventures on the Saved by Storytelling blog or subscribe to my newsletter.

xo Jen