There are so many competing narratives in the aggregation of tales that add up to what so far I call a life that I thought I'd try out a few to see what resonates best with me, and with you (comments requested). Accuracy isn't important; truth is. I've included an example of each.
Work: Our heroine is a political operative, a secretary, a marketer, a magazine editor, a retailer, a nightclub promoter, an exotic dancer, a publicist, an author, a makeup artist, a waitress, a producer, a network executive, a teacher, a model, an inventor, a TV personality and a poet, not necessarily in that order. Eventually she finds her true calling, and lives happily ever after. (Audition)
Love: Our heroine loves sometimes wisely, sometimes well, but can't seem to do both at the same time, though she tries frequently and with many variations. Eventually, she finds (or rediscovers) her true love, and lives happily ever after. (Bridget Jones's Diary)
Sex: The love narrative, unexpurgated. (The Happy Hooker)
Glamour: How I discovered my own style through work and love, what I learned from it and how you can find yours too and live happily ever after. (Three Black Skirts)
Spirit: Our heroine experiences ecstasy and tragedy, and through them comes to a deeper understanding of herself and the world, then lives happily. (Eat, Pray, Love)
Addiction and redemption: Nope. (A Million Little Pieces)