My What If Year
An exuberant, hilarious memoir about a woman who pauses her successful career for a year and explores the “What If” jobs of her dreams.
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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. 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.
Alisha Fernandez Miranda share more about her new book on Good Morning America
CEO takes a year off to work for free as unpaid intern in 'My What If Year'
Living Your What If Year, Alisha speaks with Alison Stewart on WNYC’s All of It
The Moment I Realized Something Was Missing From My “Dream Life”
What people are saying...
“Miranda’s case of missing identity, even as a successful CEO, is an ultimate triumph story in reclaiming oneself. In this funny, heartwarming ‘what if’ journey, Miranda teaches us that sometimes uprooting our lives backward is what leads us and our families forward.”
“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.”
“It is always a gift when you find a book that speaks to the questions that echo inside us all. What if? Miranda’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, Miranda’s book is here just in time.”
“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.”
“This book is like a balm for the soul of every overachiever 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?”
“I loved following Miranda as she chased her wildest—in every sense of the word—dreams. This is a book for every woman who imagines a different life and tells herself, ‘You just can’t.’ You can, 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.”
“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.”
“What if there’s a bigger adventure waiting on the other side of ‘having it all?’ In this brave and beautiful memoir, Miranda takes you on the wild ride of leaving a stable career to pursue grown-up internships at every job she’s ever dreamed of. Miranda has the perfect plan, and it all goes right before it all goes hilariously wrong, with incredible growth and learnings woven all the way through. This book is winsome and wise; a cozy conversation with a new best friend that will leave you wondering, ‘what if?’”