The Book That Started It All: The She-Hulk Diaries And My Path To Self Improvement

Warning: This post may contain spoilers!

Christ that’s a long title!

Recently I decided to take a break from my usual trashy vampire/scifi/fantasy reading. Don’t get me wrong, I love bodice ripping, rogue, fairy-vampires as much as the next girl but after a while they start to bleed together. To explain the circumstances which led to me reading The She-Hulk Diaries I think it’s best to describe my selection process:

Several years ago I had to make the heart breaking decision of whether to spend my money on clothes or books. This was not an easy decision, but as I have a public library incredibly close, clothes won out. I long for the day when there will be a place I can check out outfits, wear them and return for new ones every week or two…A girl can dream…

Anyway, back on subject. I don’t usually go into the library with a plan or a specific book in mind. Yes, there are author’s I prefer and of course series I’ve become attached to, but I rarely go in with one specific book in mind. I like to roam the racks, running my hands along the spines until something catches my eye. I choose books like I did way back in the day with cds and videos: if I spot a catchy title or the cover art is intriguing I’ll give it a shot. 70% of the time it works every time. Occasionally there’s a dud, but the majority of things I pick up are well deserving books in need of a chance.

Okay, so now you know how this book came to be in my possession. While wandering through the racks of my local library I couldn’t resist grabbing a book about a lesser known female superhero: The She-Hulk Diaries. To be honest, I knew nothing about She-Hulk before reading this book. I’m a fan now. Big time.


The book tells the story of Jennifer Walters, mild mannered lawyer by day, jade colored amazon superhero by night! I found Jennifer relatable and Shulky (as she’s referred to in the book) enviable. Jennifer starts out the New Year unemployed, single, and down on herself. She both loves and hates her alter ego’s wild spirit. In an effort to take life into her own hands she formulates a plan to set New Year’s resolutions to take effect (or is it affect?) on Valentine’s Day. She awards herself points for each accomplishment and reevaluates her goals as she goes based off her successes and failures. Through various adventures including speed dating, LARPing, and saving New York City from an obnoxious supervillain, Jennifer manages to find love, have a successful career and reconcile her dual persona.

As someone fairly down on herself right now, I was drawn in by Jennifer/Shulky’s plan of self improvement. Hell, if a fictional superhero can have their happily ever after why can’t I?! So here I am. It’s July 1, 2014. I’ve given myself until Labor Day, September 1, to figure some things in my life out and I’m using this blog as a means to hold myself accountable to these goals. I’m not expecting to meet the love of my life in the next two months or stop Victor von Doom, but I’ve set myself some obtainable goals:

She-Hulk Resolutions:

– Embrace my Golden Year and enjoy my birthday (I’ll be turning 26 on July 26th)

– Make an effort to be more social: go to groups, go to the comic book store, see my friends more often and make new ones

– Pursue a happy, long term relationship or PFLOML

– Be more healthy: start running, swim, do yoga again, eat better, go to health related meetups

– Find a job I don’t hate

– Apply for more classes in graphic design

– Find a profitable outlet for my creativity

I’ve created a point system for myself much like in the book in the hopes that it will bring out my inner competitiveness and motivate me to stick with these goals. By taking steps towards these goals over the next two months the hope is that I will have at least a few of them accomplished by Labor Day and set new ones for the future.

The real goal here is not to fix my life in a set number of days. I’ve been through enough therapy to know that’s not happening. I just want to actually stick to a goal I set. My typical behavior is to cut and run when things get tough. I don’t want to be that girl anymore so I’m starting small with some obtainable goals that’ll set me up for bigger and better things down the line.

Wish me luck!


As a side note, while looking for images for this post I came across the Author, Marta Acosta’s Pinterest page Celebrating She-Hulk!



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