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Courtney is one of my best friends. She and I moved to New York together as roommates in 2007. She supported me through break-ups and breakdowns and she was by my side on November 7th when Raven and I got married (she was also there, three days prior, for an hour + long conversation as I ranted away about trivial stresses).

Today her first book comes out. It’s called The First Ten Years, and if you have a shred of creative drive anywhere in your body, it’s for you. If you’ve ever considered a grander plan, breaking the mold, or have spent an afternoon crafting, please consider purchasing it.

I haven’t finished reading the book yet, but that’s not required for me to show you how much she knows about the creative struggle. You are reading the proof. 

You have something more to give.

-Courtney Romano

Courtney helped me found this blog, and helped me create my business. This is not me blowing smoke, it’s just fact. She believes so wholeheartedly in our capacity for greater, smarter, more fulfilling work, that before this book was even a serious consideration in her mind, she was living and breathing its ideals.

If you go back in the archives of LRW, you’ll find Courtney’s posts on this blog. If you’re interested in checking out her writing style, here are a couple of my favorites:

Being Alone in New York City

Goodbye 20’s: The Biggest Mistakes of My Last 10 Years

What Perfectionism Can Do For You

But truly, go buy the book. You will not regret it.



image via Courtney’s Instagram. Her website is

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