My What If Year
Four Internships, Three Countries, Two Kids, and One Life-Changing Misadventure
by Alisha Fernandez Miranda
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Pub Date 07 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 07 Feb 2023
On the cusp of turning forty, Alisha Fernandez Miranda has climbed to the peak of personal and professional success, but at a price; she’s overworked and exhausted.
Bravely, Miranda decides to give herself a break, temporarily pausing her stressful career as the CEO of her own consulting firm. With the tentative blessing of her husband and eight-year-old twins, she leaves her home in London to spend one year exploring the dream jobs of her youth, seeking answers to the question, “What If?”
What follows is a spirited and hilarious journey for Alisha - and the reader. Contending with her lack of experience (and the onset of a global pandemic), Alisha gofers for two high-profile Broadway productions (and nearly tramples Stephen Sondheim), attempts to master a fitness regimen called Voga (a cross between yoga and “voguing”), feigns confidence while handling multi-million-dollar artwork at Christie’s, and literally sets her shirt on fire while serving rack of lamb in a posh hotel on Scotland’s remote Isle of Skye. Her experiences are at once challenging and humbling, and push the boundaries of what Alisha thought she was physically, mentally, and emotionally capable of. Alisha’s “What If” year reveals that she can achieve success on her own terms by embodying the spirit of the intern: never stop learning, be flexible, and understand that failure is a prerequisite for growth.
For anyone who’s ever felt stuck in a rut, My What If Year proves that it’s never too late to say yes to second chances and explore the roads untraveled throughout your life.
"This book is like a balm for the soul of every over-achiever who has ever wondered what is on the other side of “having it all.” With irreverence, unflinching honesty and irresistible warmth, Miranda gives us permission to get curious, hold tight to the wisp of a new idea, and honor the voice that whispers, “what if there is more?"
—Alicia Menendez, host of American Voices on MSNBC and author of The Likeability Trap
“Alisha’s case of missing identity, even as a successful CEO, is an ultimate triumph story in reclaiming oneself. In this funny, heart-warming “What If” journey, Alisha teaches us that sometimes uprooting our lives backwards is what leads us and our families forward.”
—Eve Rodsky, New York Times bestselling author of Fair Play and National Bestseller, Find Your Unicorn Space
“This hilarious, witty memoir had me saying “YAY YAY” from the very beginning! An inspiring read that will make every reader want to supercharge their own careers.”
—Meaghan B. Murphy, Editor in Chief at Woman’s Day, author of Your Fully Charged Life
“It is always a gift when you find a book that speaks to the questions that echo inside us all. What If? But from there, Alisha’s bold decision to answer that question is delivered to us with such refreshing audacity and wild charm. For anyone looking for a breath of inspiration or that big gasping sign that it’s time to reclaim yourself and find your own answers, Alisha’s book is here just in time.”
—Marisa Renee Lee, author of Grief is Love
“This is a book for every woman who imagined a different life and told herself, ‘You just can’t.’ You can, Alisha Miranda shows us, and in the process of trying on the lives in your fantasies, you just might find the one you want for real.”
—Pamela Redmond, author of Younger
"Miranda writes with humor, grace, and a joyful curiosity that’s a delight to read. My What If Year is a thought-provoking exploration of what we’re made of and what we could make of ourselves still.”
—Bianca Bosker, New York Times bestselling author of Cork Dork
“With her winning combination of chutzpah, self-deprecating humor, and determination, Miranda turns midlife (or mid-career) malaise into a hilarious memoir that is both engrossing and inspiring. My What If Year should come with a trigger alert—Warning: this book will change your life."
—Annabelle Gurwitch, author of I See You Made An Effort and You’re Leaving When?