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Daring Greatly

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I just finished Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and I want everyone I know to read it.  Honestly I think it has made more of an impact on me than any other book I’ve ever read.  Unfortunately, every attempt I’ve made to explain to people what it’s about has ended pretty abysmally. It’s about how being vulnerable can change your life and how to deal with shame and a bunch of other scary and important things that we deal with everyday. Which obviously the way I say it, doesn’t really make any sense. So instead, I want you guys to watch Brene’s TED Talk because she can explain it much better than I ever could.

Also one of my favorite quotes from the book that really hit home:

“When we spend our lives waiting until we’re perfect or bulletproof before we walk into the arena, we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander our precious time, and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make.  Perfect and bulletproof are seductive, but they don’t exist in the human experience.”

What about you guys?  Are you reading any books I need to put on my list?

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hi friends!  While Meg and Chris have been Harry Pottering it up, Corey and I took a quick trip to see one of our favorite cousins in Alabama (hi Jean!!)  Megan had some very exciting news, but I will keep my trap shut until she can come tell you herself.  So onto today’s scheduled programming.

Ever since I listened to Serial, I have become a little bit obsessed with listening to books, podcasts, and really anything audio that I can get my hands on.  I guess I realized how much more efficiently I can get little tasks completed if I am entertained while doing them.  Organized drawers?  Check.  Painted dresser?  Check.  Organized mess of a storage closet?  Check.  I’m like Monica from Friends except sans label maker.  But I’m not above considering it.  Anyway, I wanted to share some of my favorites because there are some real gems.

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#GirlBoss – The first time I saw this one at the bookstore, I thought the hashtag in the title was a little lame.  But I just finished it today and I am feeling energized.  The book is written by the CEO of NastyGal (which honestly I had never heard of), and how she started selling vintage ebay clothes out of her bedroom and turned her little business into a hugely successful company.  I really love how Sophia kept reiterating how she became successful from just a ton of really hard work.  Sure she was lucky, but she made things happen for herself and didn’t take no for an answer.  I feel like this book is a good swift kick in the pants that we are in control of our destiny and a much needed remember that my most powerful advocate is me.

The Invention of Wings – This book was so inspiringly beautiful.  It is actually about two real sisters who were among the first female abolitionists and feminists from Charleston.  It is a fictional account of one of this sister’s relationship with her slave, and how they lived the life they wanted to live instead of the one given to them.  I won’t give anything away, but this is a must read.

This American Life – I’ve tried to fill the empty hole that Serial left with This American Life, which has actually been around for a long time and I think is one of the most popular podcasts.  Each episode is a different story (vs. Serial which was obviously one story for the whole season) and the reporting is really excellent.  Listen to Batman, Is this Working?, and Harper High School Episode 1 and Episode 2.  Mind.  Blown.

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Summer Reading

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Now that I am an adult with a job and responsibilities, it is getting harder for me to get excited about summertime.  Without long periods of time off or leisurely days spent by the pool (not allowed anymore with my fair skin), it just doesn’t feel like summer.  Not like how it used to.  One thing that I will be taking part in is a summer reading list.  There is nothing better than escaping into a book, and I want to have lots of them on the horizon for me to look forward to.

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{My favorite reading spot}

Here are a couple that I am including in my list.  Please let me know if there are any must reads that I am not including.

1) Game of Thrones, Books 2 and 3 – I read the first book after I finished watching the first season and made an executive decision.  I liked the show better than the books, so I would only read a book if I was finished watching that portion of the show.  I think I am now able to read books 2 and 3 without any major spoilers.  Correct me if I’m wrong on this one.

2) The Goldfinch – So some people have told me they love this book, and others have told me it is only so so.  I might as well decide for myself.

3) Lean In – My new mantra for life is that women are better at everything.  Ok not really, but I have started to become more confident in my opinions and work, particularly in the office.  Everyone and their mother has recommended this book to me and I am excited to hear how Sheryl is able to be such a bad ass.

4) The Vacationers – Hopefully a light fun read that will make me feel nice and summery.

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