Happy Friday! We made it through the week! This was actually a surprisingly good week? It was insanely busy, but I feel like that’s when I do my best work. I don’t do well with down time. Anyone else? Last week I went on a road trip with my boyfriend through Atlanta to a small town in Georgia for a friend’s wedding. The wedding was absolutely beautiful, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say my favorite part of the trip was watching Whale Sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. While I actually loved pressing “pause” on life (for the most part) during the pandemic, I’m relieved things are returning to some semblance of normal in Nashville. I’m incredibly lucky that the pandemic didn’t claim the lives of people I love and my job was not disrupted. I know so many other people were not that fortunate. My thoughts and prayers are still with those heavily impacted by COVID and may brighter days be ahead for all.
this week’s good things: I made a new friend, I crocheted, I’m working on a fun, new client, and I’m dog-sitting one of my favorite puppers.
Let’s get started!
one | book list
Cupcakes and Cashmere pulled together a list of “unputdownable” books by Black authors, and I had to share it with you all. If you’re trying to diversify your reading choices, there are so many good books on this list!
two | reaching your dreams
I’m a big proponent of going after your dreams. Nothing comes easy, including happiness. So, if you want to be happy, work for it! I love how this article encourages people to make a plan to improve your well-being.
three | fashion find
It’s not in my budget right now, but I’m absolutely obsessed with this button-down. It’s the perfect overly slouchy but still put together fit, and I am highly tempted.
four | mental health
I’ve been having a hard time sticking to a bedtime routine lately, and I love these tips from The Good Trade about the timing of how to wind down. It starts with being intentional about screen time and trickles down to how to make going to bed a treat.
five | currently reading
When I was “interviewing” for a new board position recently, I was told I should read Crucial Conversations. It’s a book about how to handle conflict and difficult conversations, and there truly is no book I needed to read more. I’m horrible at conflict, and it’s already taught me so much. I highly recommend picking it up if you’re in any type of leadership role.