Our Life in Print

Tonight’s 10 p.m. wish: that my newly-published book will help at least a few people struggling with too-consuming jobs find a path to a happier, more balanced life.

I can’t believe this milestone has arrived, but my book is now officially published! Know When to Run: Lessons from the diary of a Gen X mom,” is now available in paperback and Kindle edition on Amazon. What a surreal moment for a first-time author!

This project started on June 30, 2010, when I had one of the worst days of my career. I got thrown a disturbing curve ball while on maternity leave with my youngest daughter, Daisy May.

I had to make a quick decision between two bad options. I felt stunned, hopeless and trapped.

My husband Ian encouraged me to start writing every day as I juggled a frantic evening news schedule that made it impossible to be the kind of mother I wanted.

I had no idea when I started writing what a life-changing year I was about to document. That diary is like a video camera left running while a tornado passed overhead.

Thank goodness, by the end of that dramatic year, an unexpected door opened that helped me take a leap of faith into a more sane and balanced life.

Over the last several years, I have adapted that diary into a book: “Know When to Run: Lessons from the diary of a Gen X mom.”  (Click here to purchase a copy.)  I left the diary entries intact, but added lessons that I can now see in hindsight, that I wish I had understood back then.

When you buy a copy, share the social media links along with your personal comments, recommend the book to your friends and colleagues, and add reviews to the Amazon site, you are helping support a new author by increasing the chances of getting this book into the hands of a larger publisher and a wider audience. You’re also making me incredibly grateful for my network of incredible friends, colleagues, and supporters!

I have a sequel in mind, but I am still working through the ideas. In the meantime, I would love to hear YOUR stories of making your own leap of faith to leave a toxic situation for greener pastures. Did you have a hard time knowing when to run? When you knew it was time, how did you do it? And how has your life changed?

Thanks for taking interest in my work, and for helping me spread the word about this book. I will also be selling and signing copies on August 29 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Back2School Bash presented by Indy’s Child and Hamilton County family at the Monon Center in Carmel, Ind. Come say hello!

Your support, and the support of Indy’s Child, means the world to me.

$1 from the purchase of every copy of “Know When to Run: Lessons from the diary of a Gen X mom, will be donated to Riley Children’s Foundation, where Trisha now happily works in marketing communications.


Trisha Lawless
Trisha Lawless
Trisha Lawless is an Indianapolis-based corporate communications advisor and freelance writer who began her career as a television news journalist. She enjoys performing in local theatre productions as her schedule permits, and has appeared in roles with Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis Civic Theatre, and BobDirex. Trisha and her husband Ben are proud residents of Indy’s Historic Irvington neighborhood where they live with their children (middle school through college age) and Golden Retriever.

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