Originally posted here, @ SELF.com
We’ve come to expect juicy stories of complex relationships and hidden secrets from Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed andSomething Blue. And word on the street is her upcoming novel, Where We Belong,doesn’t disappoint as it tracks two women on their winding path toward self-realization.
What has Giffin learned on HER path toward self-realization? “Don’t achieve just for the sake of achievement. It doesn’t mean much if you aren’t passionate about what you’re doing,” she tells HealthySELF. Here are more of Giffin’s SELFy secrets — did we mention that she’s a faithful fitness fanatic, too?
It’s beach reading season! What are you going to be reading this summer?
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain and The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan.
Because we’re SELF we have to ask, what do you do for exercise? Do you have a favorite gym class?
I have a trainer, Jeff MacFarland, who has completely reshaped certain body parts. I also take a circuit-training class called Fast Twitch.
What’s your healthiest habit?
What’s your least healthy habit?
Staying up too late.
What’s your favorite thing to splurge on?
Guacamole and margaritas.
What’s your No. 1 can’t-leave-the-house-without-it item?
La Mer lip balm and my Chanel aviators.
Do you have a beauty secret you can share?
Use a plum or violet liner to make green eyes stand out. I like NARS in “Bourbon Street.”
What’s your idea of a dream vacation?
Going to a game reserve (Singita) in South Africa was perhaps my favorite trip of all time.
What’s at the top of your to-do list?
To finish my daughter’s baby book (she just turned five so I’m a bit late!).
You are so successful now — what do you wish you could go back and tell your 20-something self?
Be comfortable with who you are. And appreciate your metabolism.