The Unexpected Shape

The Blog of Esmé Wang

It's tough to be ambitious and dealing with limitations

But just because you have limitations—whether they be caregiving responsibilities, disability, chronic illness, or any other life circumstance that causes you to feel fenced in—doesn’t mean you can’t kick ass, too.


“[Esmé Weijun Wang] finds light in her daily quest to help others create, despite the limitations they may face.”

New York Times, Women in the World

Part of my work at The Unexpected Shape is to provide resources for ambitious people living with limitations to build resilience, excellence, and legacy. And if that sounds like you, you’re in the right place.

I’m also a woman who lives with chronic illness and schizoaffective disorder. These conditions create boundaries for my life; they also inspire me to guide and support others who are dealing with difficult times.

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How do we, as ambitious people living with limitations, move forward in our lives and life's work? Read about creativity, resilience, and legacy here.


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Productivity Journaling with Limitations

Love analogue planning, or wish to figure out how to start? Are you an ambitious person living with limitations, such as chronic illness, mental health challenges, or caretaking responsibilities? This elegant workbook will show you the methods I use to do my morning planning and journaling. & once you’ve received Productivity Journaling with Limitations: The Morning Ritual, you’ll also receive With Love & Squalor—monthly love letters from me about life, resilience, and making the most of our days.

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For from-the-heart letters about life, resilience, and creativity, sign up for With Love & Squalor.

Each letter also contains links to terrific writing from around the web, a collection of Five [Extraordinary] Words, and occasional discounts and previews of upcoming works and creations. Signing up will also nab you the Productivity Journaling with Limitations e-book, a powerful tool to help you dive into analogue planning while living with limitations.

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"It feels as lovely as getting a letter in the mailbox to receive a With Love & Squalor email; they are notes of quiet, honest, reflective encouragement that always end on a slant of sunshine.”