It feels like a whole new world is opening itself back up to me. And this, my friends, is the world of reading for PLEASURE!!! Since starting law school all that I did was read and write and think about cases. Now that I am done with the bar, I get to read normal humans things again and I am devouring-- thirsty to read all these gems I've been missing out on. First up was Lean In which I already posted about, but it bears repeating that while it is a businessy type book, it is also a testament to the current reality of being a working woman in 2013. I still get sad when think too much about how little progress we have made in the higher ranks of the business world and world leadership in general. I feel a renewed calling to stay in the work force, kick ass, move up, and encourage other women to do the same. (Working moms, you are heroes)
Second, I just read (yesterday and today I read the whole thing) Carry On Warrior by Glennon Melton. My friend Sam recommended the book to me and I am so grateful she did. The book is funny, moving and also authentically raw. Her book has inspired me to live more honestly and that includes the things that I put on this blog. Sometimes there are things that I want to write about but I sensor them for fear that someone will get offended or react negatively. Her book is a great example of REFUSING to do that. So here are my biggest takeaways:
- Be Honest: "When you write your truth it is a love offering to the world because it helps us feel braver and less alone."
- I am a child of God whose only job is to love and to be. When things start to feel overwhelming or sad or make me angry, remembering that God has it handled is helpful.
- Everyone has a little piece of God in them that makes them worthy of my time, interest and love. I have started already at the airports to silently namaste people coming off airplanes and such as my little act to spread more love in this world. My little act of acknowledging that all these people are God's children too. And even better that that, they are all little pieces of God.
- "That's the thing about becoming a family: you gotta melt. You have to keep melting into each other until you become something entirely new. The only one constant family rule is that everyone has to keep showing up." GEM
- The letter she wrote to her son about what would happen if he were to be gay made me dissolve in a puddle of ugly tears at La Guardia and it was worth every awkward look because that letter will be given to each of our kids as they enter double digits.
It's a must read. The whole freaking book. Carry on warriors. Carry on. (Her blog is momastery.com)