Colleen Bordeaux tries to always smile at life. She is a writer and human capital consultant at Deloitte and has a deep love for the community. She is an avid reader and can list off on the spot ten titles of books that “fundamentally changed my life, opening my mind to new ideas and ways of thinking at exactly the right times,” she writes on her website and blog.
One of those books is “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle, which she credits for her last promotion—and also generates eye rolls because it happens to be on Oprah’s Book Club list. She loves self-help books and growing from what she’s read, which is why she is now turning the table to publish her own self-help book of sorts. Her first book, “Am I Doing This Right?” was released June 20 on Amazon and became a best-seller in no time, paperback and as an e-book.
Read our below Q&A with the writer, first-time author and community activist to learn more about Bordeaux and her upcoming book.
How long have you lived in Logan Square?
Why did you choose to live in the neighborhood?
There’s a magical freedom to be yourself in this neighborhood—it’s cultured and hip, yet down-to-earth and a little gritty. It’s a place welcoming to rescue dogs and all walks of life and every culture, and completely lacking in pretension or elitism. This is why I chose to live here—it’s an environment that encourages me to be authentic and nonjudgmental and free to walk around in my clogs and pajamas if I want (which I often do, showing up at Table, Donkey and Stick for dinner after a long day of writing), or a pair of glitter heels and a dress for a night of blues at Rosa’s Lounge.
I grew up in a bubble of a suburb, and Logan Square is a place where I’ve been able to let my creativity free and reinvent myself in a place that gives me the room to grow and be myself.
Do you do business in Logan?
Yes, if you count writing and publishing my first book from my couch and doing virtual consulting work from Colectivo Coffee!
Where are your favorite hangouts?
There are too many to count, but my go-to’s (aside from Table, Donkey and Stick for dinner and Rosa’s Lounge for blues) are Middlebrow for drinks, Cafe Con Leche, Quiote and Cafe Moran for Mexican, Umbria for coffee, Palmer Park for picnics and illegal off-leash dog exercise, La Boulangerie for breakfast, Sparrow for haircuts (ask for Tara) and FELT boutique for investment pieces that no one else has (thanks, Paige and Kat!).
How do you contribute to the community?
Unless there are really enticing reasons to leave, I try to spend my time and money in local establishments and attending and donating to an established church in the community. I also run a women’s mastermind group to improve individual members’ abilities to pay forward their privileges and gifts to better the communities around them—including right here in Logan Square. Also, not sure if this counts, but I am an avid trash-picker-upper and religious dog poop bag hander-outer and I believe in smiling at as many strangers on the street as possible because you never know who really needs it.
What is a unique fact about you?
I quadrupled my income in a few years, with no special credentials or degrees, because I changed my thinking.
What shameless promotion would you like to share with the community?
My very first book was published on June 20. It’s called “Am I Doing This Right?”—it’s a philosophical guide to life in an age of overwhelm, covering the only seven questions that matter in life, according to the smartest thinkers of humanity. Most people don’t ask themselves these questions and live far beneath their potential as a result. You can learn more at colleenbordeaux.com/book.
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Featured photo: Colleen Bordeaux