Welcome to the Weekly Reads, where I highlight articles that I found on the web and that are focused on career advice, lifestyle, beauty or anything I think would round-up as useful for the young, modern, working woman. Just get yourself comfortable, pour a cup of coffee – or tea – and enjoy this week’s reads!
What have I been up to this week
Lately I am loving the blog so much and it gives me so muchgood energy. I think what I love is that I have built different routines and surrounded myself with little things that help me live the life I want – from the Nespresso coffee machine that allows me to enjoy my favourite drink at home, to the blog where I get to create beautiful things or the workouts that I go to in order to take care of myself. Creating routines or even “rituals” that simply make you happy or help you focus are such big helpers for staying on track with your goals while also really enjoying the ride.
What routines or rituals help you feel like you are living life the way you want to?
The Weekly Reads
Salary negotiations. As my performance review is coming up, I have spent quite some time browsing the Internet for some good articles on salary negotiation and promotion talks and so I wanted to share some of them below. These are the ones I have found are useful and offer solid and concrete/actionable advice. Coincidentally, they are all from The Muse – I read through articles from other sources as well but these are the ones that I found most useful. With sharing these articles I would also encourage everyone to ask for more; if you are doing a great job and you think you should be paid more, do some research, get prepared and speak up for yourself because otherwise nobody else will.
- I got a raise but it wasn’t enough
- How to ask for a promotion
- Three times you should ask for more
- How to ask for more at your review
First time manager advice. Very good article from The Every Girl with some actionable tips on how to navigate the unknown when being a first time manager.
Sorry for the delayed response. Loved this read, so funny and could find myself in so many of the responses.
Fear less, do more. This article where Melinda Gates shares how she overcame fear is a beautiful read. It’s refreshing to read how she describes some of the situations she went through and overcame her fears and the (rather long) excerpt below says it all. I often feel the same way and it definitely helps to read about other people’s stories.
Crises of confidence, imposter syndrome, sweaty palms—I had them all. An ugly little voice in my head asked questions like, “What are you doing on this stage when every single person in this room knows more about malaria than you do?”
To give you a sense of how bad it was, once, when Bill and I were both giving speeches at the same event, I actually asked him to leave the room before I gave mine. He gave his speech, left, and then drove around for 15 minutes until I was ready for him to pick me up.
I never made that particular request again. But there were other times when I knew he would be in the audience and told him, “Look, no matter how badly I’m doing, I want you to look like you’re awed by every word.” He didn’t make me feel embarrassed about any of those requests. He just let me know he was there for me however I needed him to be.
Backgrounds. Summer is here so I feel like I definitely need to refresh my desktop background. The Every Girl just posted the June tech backgrounds so I am picking my favourite.
Thank you for reading and I hope you are having a great weekend!