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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cracked Spine: Option B, Sheryl Sandberg

Cracked Spine: Option B, Sheryl Sandberg
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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WOOF what a few weeks it has been. I've been going nonstop between coming home from a fantastic cruise and then a work trip to Oklahoma. I know I wrote that this was my "quiet season" for work, but that is an absolute LIE. Internal projects that have been waiting for their time in the sun are piling up faster than you can say flapjacks.



I finally found some time to finish Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (aka I was delayed four hours in Houston Hobby desperate to just get home). What a book. Sheryl is widely acclaimed for Lean In but as many pointed out- that book was squarely written from the perspective of a woman in a partnered relationship. Option B opens up the realities of a working woman responsible for the wellbeing of her family and self.

While it's written from a place of grieving and has a generally sad tone to the book- there are lots of nuggets of wisdom for all of us. Sheryl & Adam acknowledge that the reader might not find the answer they seek in her book at several points, but I am particularly fond of the quote below:

"We don't pretend that hope will win our over pain every day. It won't. We don't presume to have experienced every possible kind of loss and setback ourselves. We haven't. There is no right or proper way to grieve or face challenges, so we don't have perfect answers. There are no perfect answers." 
                                                                                               -Option B, p. 11

A particularly applicable section of the book was when shared narratives were addressed and how community can help re-write a narrative. I think about this a lot with my work, as I "sell" sorority to women across the country- what can they gain from an organization largely touted as an outdated trope on a campus? A particular thing I love about my role is that I am not only selling the power of the shared experience for women, but the ability to take back that narrative about "sorority girls" and re-write it.

There are lots of similar small nuggets of wisdom throughout the book, and I think that it's one of those types that everyone can walk away from with a lesson learned. I also see the book as timeless- Option B is the type of book that I know I might re-read and learn a new lesson from each time based on my life stages.
Monday, May 15, 2017

Shotgun Summer

Shotgun Summer
Monday, May 15, 2017
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Summer may not have started temperature wise here in Boston, but it sure does feel like it's as close to summer as I am going to get! With college campuses winding down for the spring semester and focusing on graduation, the Fraternal world lulls a little bit at this time of year. I just got back home from a fabulous friendship cruise to Havana, Cuba and the Bahamas (longer post on the trip way overdue) but already want to be back out on that ocean and celebrating summer! 

Sipping on some fresh Coconut Water in the Havana Market


The unfortunate thing is that summer already feels partially over. Work will pick up again in earnest when August 1 comes around so I've got June and most of July to enjoy - and May already is halfway gone!! Where does the time go?? This year our summer is pretty low key because boyfriend has class 3/4 Saturdays of each month, and I am traveling for one of them due to my work schedule, leaving us with a whopping 3 weekends to plan weekend-long fun in. We've planned to spend some time with my family over Memorial Day weekend, spend a weekend in Florida for his birthday celebration, Portsmouth with his family, and the Fourth of July still is not planned. We're hoping that we can just spend the majority of the summer making the most of the time we have together and with friends before I hit the road for five weeks August-September for the next extension project in Oklahoma. 

To date, I've been tearing through beach reads (a round up of those coming soon), catching up on TV (Shark Tank, Say Yes to the Dress, & Ru Paul's Drag Race among the favorites),  and we're experimenting with Whole 30 for the next month (stay tuned for that post). But so far I'd say my chilly summer is off to a great start! Looking forward to some warmer weather here in Boston tomorrow and even better temperatures in Oklahoma this week while I'm on the road! 
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