Discussion: Very Sincerely Yours

Very Sincerely Yours

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Discussion: Very Sincerely Yours

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Discussion Questions!

1. I loved how this book explored one’s calling and career. Everett has always known what he wanted to do and Teddy has yet to find what she’s passionate about career wise. Who do you relate to more?

2. Teddy watched Everett’s Place for comfort post break up. What is your go-to comfort show or book or album?

3. Do you think Teddy would have ever stepped outside her comfort zone if she had not broken up with Richard?


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  1. August 26, 2021 / 6:00 am

    1. I loved how this book explored one’s calling and career. Everett has always known what he wanted to do and Teddy has yet to find what she’s passionate about career wise. Who do you relate to more?

    I honestly related to both! I’ve always known I wanted to be a creative but what I *actually* do for a living has ebbed and flowed over the years.

    2. Teddy watched Everett’s Place for comfort post break up. What is your go-to comfort show or book or album?

    I Love Lucy, hands down.

    3. Do you think Teddy would have ever stepped outside her comfort zone if she had not broken up with Richard?

    UGH. No. Which is wildly upsetting! ha! Loved watching her come into her own!

  2. Sara
    August 26, 2021 / 9:29 am

    1. I loved how this book explored one’s calling and career. Everett has always known what he wanted to do and Teddy has yet to find what she’s passionate about career wise. Who do you relate to more?

    I would say I am in the middle, but lean more towards Teddy. I definitely have not known my life passion, but totally happy with where I am now.

    2. Teddy watched Everett’s Place for comfort post break up. What is your go-to comfort show or book or album?

    I feel like this is so hard… I honestly have NO clue. I’m more of a “turn on some country music” kind of gal.

    3. Do you think Teddy would have ever stepped outside her comfort zone if she had not broken up with Richard?

    I don’t think so. I think she was too happy being his life planner that she never would have put herself first.

  3. Kelsey
    August 26, 2021 / 10:06 am

    1. I loved how this book explored one’s calling and career. Everett has always known what he wanted to do and Teddy has yet to find what she’s passionate about career wise. Who do you relate to more?

    I definitely relate to Teddy more. I may not have always known specifically what I wanted to do, but I have known what direction I wanted to go in.

    2. Teddy watched Everett’s Place for comfort post break up. What is your go-to comfort show or book or album?

    My comfort show is New Girl and album is Dixie Chicks ready to run!

    3. Do you think Teddy would have ever stepped outside her comfort zone if she had not broken up with Richard?

    I do not think that Teddy would have ever stepped outside her comfort zone because I think his needs were always there to distract her from her own. I think it was very relatable. When you are in a relationship where you feel “comfortable” you often overlook signs that you are holding yourself back or are not with the right person.

  4. August 26, 2021 / 1:36 pm

    1. I loved how this book explored one’s calling and career. Everett has always known what he wanted to do and Teddy has yet to find what she’s passionate about career wise. Who do you relate to more?

    I definitely relate to Teddy. I have had a difficult time getting to where I wanted to be career wise, so I definitely identified with Teddy’s feelings of being lost as to what she was supposed to be doing. Funnily enough, literally as I was reading this book, some things started to fall into place and I am hoping to soon be an Everett!

    2. Teddy watched Everett’s Place for comfort post break up. What is your go-to comfort show or book or album?
    Oh my goodness I loved that Teddy had a comfort show because that is a very important thing for me! Whenever I am feeling stressed I turn to my favorite shows and re-watch them. My two are Gilmore Girls and Heartland.

    3. Do you think Teddy would have ever stepped outside her comfort zone if she had not broken up with Richard?
    Probably not. I really related to Teddy, because stepping outside of my comfort zone is HARD for me. Luckily, my husband has done nothing but encourage me and make me more confident, unlike Richard.

  5. Katherine McLean
    August 26, 2021 / 6:51 pm

    1. I loved how this book explored one’s calling and career. Everett has always known what he wanted to do and Teddy has yet to find what she’s passionate about career wise. Who do you relate to more?
    Probably Everett, but I found Teddy’s arc so relatable even with knowing for a while what I’d love to do!

    2. Teddy watched Everett’s Place for comfort post break up. What is your go-to comfort show or book or album?
    Taylor Swift, always. I also love watching “The Parent Trap” when I’m down!

    3. Do you think Teddy would have ever stepped outside her comfort zone if she had not broken up with Richard?
    I don’t think so, but I love how she began to see how pivotal of a moment it was.

  6. Michelle
    August 26, 2021 / 10:17 pm

    1. Definitely Teddy!! But I’m thrilled where I ended up.

    2. Any Hallmark movie will do! Just love their movies.

    3. Unfortunately no. Thank goodness she did!

  7. Stacey
    August 27, 2021 / 7:56 am

    1. I loved how this book explored one’s calling and career. Everett has always known what he wanted to do and Teddy has yet to find what she’s passionate about career wise. Who do you relate to more?

    I relate more with Teddy. I want to be an Everett just nothing pans out to be my passion.

    2. Teddy watched Everett’s Place for comfort post break up. What is your go-to comfort show or book or album?

    I don’t have a specific show or anything but I love to take myself out of situations so I like to watch crime dramas or fictional series to escape. My husband is my comfort for general life things, idk what I’d do if he was the cause of needed a distraction.

    3. Do you think Teddy would have ever stepped outside her comfort zone if she had not broken up with Richard

    No I think Teddy would have done what a lot of people do, marry have kids and continue to be his “assistant”

  8. Melissa Terry
    August 27, 2021 / 7:57 am

    1. I loved how this book explored one’s calling and career. Everett has always known what he wanted to do and Teddy has yet to find what she’s passionate about career wise. Who do you relate to more?

    I relate more to Everett. I wanted to be a teacher and a mama from my earliest memory. I used to ask my teachers for extra worksheets so I could bring them home and “teach” my little brother, my dolls were set up in rows as my students and my mom was the principal. I have such sweet memories of that time and it definitely stayed with me as I eventually became a kindergarten teacher.

    2. Teddy watched Everett’s Place for comfort post break up. What is your go-to comfort show or book or album?

    TV show- Friends
    Album- 90s/2000s country ; )
    Book- what I’ve come to call “light and fluffy” titles. If I’m overwhelmed or sad, I love getting lost in a realistic fiction book such as this one.

    3. Do you think Teddy would have ever stepped outside her comfort zone if she had not broken up with Richard?

    No I don’t. She seemed to be perfectly comfortable being his glorified assistant instead of being in a relationship where she was valued and had the opportunity to pursue her own interests and talents.

    On another note- I LOVED all the fall references in this book…especially the quote “in her opinion, a house was not a home unless it was filled with miniature pumpkins in the fall.” It made me so excited to get mine out in a few weeks!

  9. Amelia Allen
    August 28, 2021 / 10:43 am

    1. I loved how this book explored one’s calling and career. Everett has always known what he wanted to do and Teddy has yet to find what she’s passionate about career wise. Who do you relate to more?

    I think a little bit of both! I tossed around ideas for picking my major in college but two months before I started, I switched from psychology (marriage and family counseling was the goal) to Human Resources because I fell in love with the idea of employee engagement/productivity measures/job fit + environment! Now that I’ve been in HR for 5 years, I’m wondering what my end goal is, and what steps I’ll need to take to get there. I’m equal parts comfortable and challenged in my current role, but can’t get too comfortable that I miss out on my full potential! Still trying to figure out how big to dream – the change that comes with ambition scares me, ha!

    2. Teddy watched Everett’s Place for comfort post break up. What is your go-to comfort show or book or album?

    Derry Girls. Such a good show. Like, so good! Put it in your Netflix queue! Equally, Austenland is my favorite movie hands down. Kerri Russel and JJ Field are a match made in Heaven.

    3. Do you think Teddy would have ever stepped outside her comfort zone if she had not broken up with Richard?

    Sadly no. I think she was so used to carrying the weight of Richard’s opinions of her life that she adopted them as her own way of thinking. She was starved for the love she deserved and didn’t even know it. It breaks my heart to think that she could’ve missed out on so much by trading her joy and freedom (scary and exciting) for Richard’s restrictions (comfortable but lacking). Such a good parallel to career decisions honestly!

    Can’t WAIT for fall, I just wish the south had actual seasons!

  10. mimi
    August 30, 2021 / 3:39 pm

    Loved, loved, loved this book!! Thank you for having it on the list to read.
    1) I relate to Teddy as I changed my major 5 times in university and several years later I am unable to use my degree due to health reasons. So I’m figuring out the next new thing!

    2) My two favorite movies to cheer me up are One Fine Day with George Clooney and The Holiday with Jude Law. Clearly the kids in both these movies make me laugh each & every time. My go to book is Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

    3) Unfortunately, I don’t think Teddy would have changed much unless family or female friends intervened and started asking her if she feels valued, appreciated, respected or validated from Richard.

    • September 7, 2021 / 10:07 pm

      I am so glad to find that someone else’s comfort movie is The Holiday. I am pretty sure in one year I watched that film like a minimum 20 times. I suggest listening to the soundtrack if you are in need of comfort and can’t watch the actual film. It is a go to for me.

  11. Samantha Weyant
    September 7, 2021 / 6:14 pm

    1. I loved how this book explored one’s calling and career. Everett has always known what he wanted to do and Teddy has yet to find what she’s passionate about career wise. Who do you relate to more?

    I WISH I related to Everett more! I am 100% a Teddy in this respect. I have a good job that provides security but I don’t feel like it will very be what I am truly *passionate* about. I try my best to pursue various passions outside my 9-5 to fulfill me!

    2. Teddy watched Everett’s Place for comfort post break up. What is your go-to comfort show or book or album?
    Golden Girls is absolutely my comfort show. I hope my friends and I have a relationship like that someday. I am for sure the Dorothy of the group! I love that I can finally watch re-runs on Hulu!

    3. Do you think Teddy would have ever stepped outside her comfort zone if she had not broken up with Richard?
    Unfortunately, No. As someone who used to find comfort in my image and perception of others, it took a major life change for me to throw that mindset out the window. Although life events like a breakup are hard they definitely provide the starting point to grow as an individual. I am so thankful for struggles like Teddy’s because they have molded me into who I am today!

  12. September 7, 2021 / 10:03 pm

    I just finished listening to the audio book version of this delightful read, or well I guess listen and loved it!

    1. I think I am somewhere in between. I think I run the risk of putting myself too in the work labeled box that Everett found himself in. Making it difficult for me to see outside the box and reimagine life. Which has actually landed me very much into a Teddy situation at the present moment–trying to figure out what is next. So, I am quite inspired by Teddy and love this idea of doing one thing everyday that scares you and being open to many different passions and callings.

    2. My go to comfort show is actually a movie, The Holiday (with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black) the soundtrack is also incredibly comforting as is the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack (Kiera Knightly version). My comfort book feels like a warm blanket and hot cup of tea–Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist (I have read it at least 10 times in the past few years).

    3. I have hope that she would have realized she was miserable or her family and friends would get honest with her, especially if they were to have gotten engaged like she anticipated. I think her sister confronting her on taking over the shop is proof or hope that someone would have stepped in and asked her what she really wanted. However, Richard revealing his true self and breaking up with her (then eating the dinner she prepared, what is that? Who would do that?!) was truly a saving grace.

    Loved this sweet book. It has been a while since I have really enjoyed a book and characters so much.

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