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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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The Happiness Project

Friday, February 21, 2014

I actually bought The Happiness Project kind of by accident.  I was looking for another book the last time I was browsing around Target, and happened upon the yellow colored cover instead.  I was kind of down in the dumps that day (for who knows what reason), and I said “sure, happy, sounds good.”  The book was written by this woman named Gretchen Rubin who was relatively happy, but felt like she wasn’t as happy as she could be.  So she spent a year on a “happiness project” where she started researching different little ways that she could improve both her lifestyle and her outlook.  I’ve been reading a little bit every day at lunch, and I think I can actually say that it has made a difference.  I realize how much my happiness affects the people around me and vice versa, so I have started making an effort to act how I want to feel (something  Gretchen keeps preaching) instead of pouting when something doesn’t go my way.  Obviously I am not eloquent enough to do it justice, but if you have been in a funk recently like I was, you might find solace in this book.  What about you guys?  Any good books recently?

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{Taken as the snow was melting after our big winter storm last week}

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