Interintellect Fireside Chat recap: “Reclaiming Control” Book Discussion

This is my first post in a while. Hopefully I’ll be able to write a bit more often going forward.

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of being a co-host of my first Interintellect (I.I) event, alongside the talented Alex Yao, a fellow I.I member. We spoke to Amy McMillen about her debut book, Reclaiming Control: Looking Inward to Recalibrate Your Life. The book is broadly about Amy’s journey from a fast-paced corporate lifestyle, her experience of professional and personal burnout and the subsequent process of reshaping her lifestyle (reclaiming control, if you will).
Over the course of around an hour and a half, the discussion touched on a wide variety of topics, from handling burnout, mental health in modern society, work-life balance, the process of writing and publishing a book independently and more. A small but highly engaged group of attendees were also in attendance, resulting in an intelligent and interesting discussion on the aforementioned topics.

I greatly enjoyed the chance to host an event, even if it was in a co-hosting role. Considering the effort and preparation required of such an event, having the support of Alex was a great help in being able to be a part of this event. It’s been a long process over the last several months since joining the Interintellect at the beginning of the pandemic to being at a place where I’m ready to start hosting. I’m greatly appreciative not only to Alex and Amy for allowing me to be a part of this event, but also to I.I founder Anna Gat and the entire I.I community for their support through some tough personal times. I can’t wait to host my own solo Salon sometime in the near future.

Amy’s book Reclaiming Control is a book I would highly recommend to people who have dealt with or are in the process of dealing with burnout and similar issues. Her style of writing provides an eye-opening account of some of the pressures of modern corporate life, interspersed with research on topics of mental health and wellness. It’s a short but engaging read and, as all good books do, will give you food for thought long after you’ve finished reading it.
Reclaiming Control can be found on Amazon in paperback and kindle formats.

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