2014 Project Life : weeks 22-26
how are you? + truth telling

2014 summer reading : update #1


I've been busy reading through my summer book list (along with a few that aren't on the list b/c I'm a rebel like that). Here's what I've read so far (aff links)...

Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise | Ruth Reichl - Fun & fascinating...and also made me reflect on many restaurant experiences and wonder if I was treated differently based on what I was wearing and/or who I was with.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Sheryl Sandberg - I'm aware that people feel strongly about this book. Honestly? I'm on the fence. Much of it resonated, and much of it didn't. Take what is helpful, and leave the rest...

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Vintage) | Cheryl Strayed - Read this over the course of a weekend. Little detail - it's fun when you recognize some of the places that an author is writing about. Anyway. I wanted this book to be deeper. I applaud her accomplishment, for sure, but hoped for a bit more enlightenment along the way. 

Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change Shawn Achor - Very much in keeping with the workshops that I facilitate at work. So many great tools - shifting thinking, looking for a positive vantage point, creating a map to success. I have this simple quote written down at my desk - "Let's figure out how success is possible before talking about what might go wrong." <--YES.

Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way | Shauna Niequist - I listened to this one on long walks, short runs, and morning commutes. Simply brilliant. "When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. When life is bitter, say thank you and grow." I want to invite Shauna over for coffee & talk about life. 

Currently reading Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty...