The Hills’ Jen Bunney Announces Book ‘Don’t Tell Me What to Do’

Jessica Katz

The remainder is written! Jen Bunney stepped away from the highlight after showing on The Hills, however she’s prepared for a comeback — and Us Weekly can completely reveal her newest venture.

The previous actuality star, 37, is ready to launch a brand new e book — Don’t Inform Me What to Do: The Secret Information to Unlocking Your Energy, Potential, and Function — on April 3. Whereas the e book consists of loads of recollections about Bunney’s time on actuality TV, it’s additionally a self-help information for readers hoping to learn to channel their very own energy.

“I categorical myself greatest by means of my writing, and this e book has lastly allowed me to place myself on the web page,” the Laguna Seashore alum — who nows goes by her married identify, Jennifer Dunphy — completely informed Us. “After I began scripting this e book, I couldn’t cease. I had so many feelings, ideas and messages that had been bottled up for over a decade. The method was each uncomfortable and liberating.”

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Although MTV followers might greatest keep in mind Bunney as one among Lauren Conrad‘s frenemies, the California native has undergone main modifications since she was hanging out in Beverly Hills. After incomes a PhD from the College of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a grasp’s diploma in public well being from the College of California, Berkeley, Bunney now works because the chief inhabitants well being officer at one of many largest healthcare organizations in her house state.

The College of Southern California alum can be a mother of two, having welcomed sons Holden, 3, and Shepley, 2, with husband Taylor Dunphy, whom she wed in 2014. Whereas they’re a contented household of 4 now, Bunney opens up about a few of their more durable occasions within the e book, together with one scary second the place she fainted whereas caring for her youngsters.

“This e book weaves in my most transformative life classes and distinctive experiences into guides for self-discovery,” Bunney informed Us. “I embrace every little thing from my journey on actuality TV to my adventures in turning into a physician, a mom and every little thing in between.”

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The physician of public well being hopes that her experiences will assist different readers learn to take care of themselves when confronted with related conditions.

“At its core, this e book is about empowerment — the empowerment of my readers,” she defined. “I needed to inform my viewers that they’ll change the world — that they’re really able to assembly their biggest challenges with bravery and dwelling a life on their phrases with out compromise.”

Don’t Inform Me What to Do is now obtainable for preorder. Learn on for an unique excerpt:

Regardless of our perfect efforts and intentions, we have to go away room for all times to occur. As a result of it can. The nice, the miraculous, the tragic, the terrifying, the messy and the surprising.

My character [on The Hills] was pliable sufficient to mould into no matter was handy, but nonetheless simple sufficient to discard when it was time. I wasn’t proven on display sufficient to make right into a likable “character,” however I used to be aired sufficient to be made into no matter they needed me to be. Not fashionable sufficient to have a voice or a storyline, however round sufficient to govern into no matter served their function on the time. The wing-girl, the boyfriend-stealer, the clueless good friend. No matter labored, proper? Not an enormous deal, proper? Till it was.

I had no platform to inform the world that issues didn’t occur like that, that this didn’t signify who I used to be or which scenes have been completely fabricated. I felt utterly blindsided by individuals who I believed have been my mates, each solid and crew.

Sharp shards of glass glittered on the bottom throughout me simply centimeters from my open-toed sandals and naked legs. … That’s once I realized how severe the scenario actually was; pretend media had bodily ramifications. I couldn’t ignore it anymore. The consequences from this pretend actuality TV episode have been translating into actual emotional hurt and bodily hazard, and on a global scale.

So, how does feeling powerless and receiving demise threats offer you confidence and result in success?

Compelled to deal with the fallout of the scenario alone, I spotted how robust I used to be. Having public opinion turned towards me with solely the help of myself and shut mates, I realized that this sort of help was the one help that ever mattered.

I might hardly discuss as a result of my voice was shaking as nicely. I might inform everybody within the viewers felt sorry for me, as in the event that they needed to say, “It’s OK,” however there was nothing I might do within the second to calm myself down.

It felt like others have been judging a personality on tv as an alternative of the actual particular person in entrance of them. I felt like I had no voice and nobody to go to for recommendation on deal with it. I actually believed that I had no energy. It was a type of fashionable gaslighting.

I’m now not scared to place myself on the market. I’m not scared of individuals judging, criticizing or commenting negatively on my work. I’m not terrified of making an attempt and dropping. I’m not hooked on being preferred by strangers (it’s normally fleeting), nor am I against being disliked by strangers (it’s normally fleeting as nicely).

Different individuals’s opinions of you need to by no means affect your personal opinion of what you already know to be true about your self. This may appear easy, but it surely’s not. My entire life was full of individuals telling me I couldn’t do issues. Sadly, if you dream huge, only a few individuals let you know which you can.

We have to be intentional about claiming our energy and value. As a lot as I wish to consider the alternative, my experiences have proven me that many individuals, forces and establishments are positioned to both implicitly or explicitly take away a few of our energy, to get us to adapt and fall in line, to stay common. I see this insidious affect each single day. I see this once I observe younger ladies apologizing when advocating for themselves in wage negotiations as a result of it makes the opposite particular person uncomfortable. I see this once I notice that mothers really consider what their group is telling them about not having the ability to do all of it. I see this once I discover individuals with a lot potential regularly coloring throughout the strains as a result of it’s protected and acquainted they usually wish to be perceived as “behaving nicely.”

Some individuals have waited half their lives for the inspiration to hit, for that million-dollar concept, for that motivation to write down their e book, begin that small enterprise, podcast or weblog. More often than not, it by no means comes.

Not becoming a typical mould could make individuals really feel uncomfortable as a result of individuals have a tendency to like predictability and labels.

I consider essentially the most troublesome challenges are those we create for ourselves in our thoughts. I see dwelling a lifetime of mediocrity however all the time feeling disillusioned in it as far more difficult than working an 80-hour work week within the course of your goals.

Should you aren’t making a call, then one thing or another person is, on a regular basis.

Most individuals crave each monetary stability and adaptability, however most individuals additionally assume these two are mutually unique in the actual world. I’m right here to let you know, that isn’t true. Not one bit true, and anybody who thinks you’ll be able to’t have each isn’t considering creatively sufficient.

I need you to cease and keep in mind one thing: You might be wonderful. You’ve limitless energy. Your job on this world is to personal your limitless energy.

We regularly don’t wish to deliver the deeper assumptions into the sunshine, so we make up one thing simpler to digest (which can be partially true), to proceed hiding the actual, extra painful underlying perception (the deeper bias). The deeper bias is beneath the excuse and the superficial bias — you already know you could have hit it when it hurts. That is the one you need. We are able to make this ugly perception stunning by turning vulnerability into energy.

Changing into your supreme self isn’t about being excellent, it’s about getting nearer to being the particular person you wish to be if you die. That particular person must take care of the entire issues that life throws at you too, and generally turning into your supreme self is extra about the way you take care of the issues that throw you off observe than it’s about being on observe within the first place.

Making small steps within the course of your true calling ought to produce a way of reduction and a sense of immense “rightness.” You’ll know if you find yourself in your path; it normally appears like you might be being challenged to be your best-self in a approach that makes you are feeling blissfully happy and in addition as in case you are fulfilling a way of responsibility. It’s unmistakable. It appears like house.