Happy Friday! This week was a weird one. I was totally thrown off because of the time change, and it was really hard to get into the groove of things. Aside from the time change, I am also heartbroken over the horrible hate crime that occurred in Atlanta this week. My heart goes out to my Asian friends who are feeling more unsafe than ever as well as the families that were impacted by this atrocity. I can’t fix this situation, but what I can do, is provide you guys with some amazing books to read by Asian authors to support the community. Look out for this list next week.
this week’s good things: sweet kitten cuddles from miss maggie, finishing a really great book with a wonderful message, and, honestly, coffee
Let’s get started!
one | drop your need to be liked
I’ve talked about this a little bit before, but I genuinely struggle (like I think most people do) with needing to be liked. I’ve always struggled with this, and I almost think it’s gotten worse in adulthood with social media being such a prevalent part of all of our lives. I loved what this article had to say about needing to drop the need to be liked, and I hope anyone else that needs it can learn from it too.
two | books to read this month
I love this curation of books to read this month from Shondaland. I haven’t read any of them, but they look to have a good mix of representation both by authors, races, and book genres. I’m most looking forward to reading Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi and What’s Mine and Yours by Naime Coster.
three | gold slides
In preparation for going back into the office, I’ve been slowly collecting more work appropriate clothing items. These gold slides were an absolute must, and I’m even more impressed with them in person. I’m not a huge fan of heels, so finding appropriate, cute work flats is always a struggle. I am so glad I found these, and I can’t wait to wear them every day when we are back in the office.
four | how to have meaningful conversations
Listen, listen, listen. The key to having meaningful conversation that lead someone? Listening. And asking questions. Never underestimate the power of curiosity. I loved these tips on how to take your conversations with your friends from surface level to something more.
five | my next read
I’m planning to finish up How Much of These Hills is Gold this weekend, and picking up The Mothers by Brit Bennett. I haven’t yet read The Vanishing Half, but I have heard nothing but good things about this book, so I knew I needed to read it. Nadia is in her last semester of high school. She is almost out. But when her seemingly meaningless relationship with Luke, the former football star, results in a pregnancy that must be covered up, everything changes. Nadia hides the pregnancy from everyone, including her conservative best friend Aubrey. The book follows Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey into adulthood where the decisions from their past are still haunting them.