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
I am buried in work this time of ten year. I am having quite a tough year at work – tough in terms of the fact that there is a lot of uncertainty to navigate – and given that I am in the middle of a new project and we are paving the way for the rest of the team and the company, this always comes with a lot of hard work, stressful client situations to cope with and handling a million things while staying on top and with as much of a positive attitude as possible!
Also, guess who finished her January book – Becoming by Michelle Obama – ?! It’s your girl! Good that it only took me five months to do so. Well, working full-time, studying for a Master’s degree and trying to squeeze in some workouts in my week, while also staying a tiny bit social and giving myself time to rest are already taking up all my energy and time. But, the book is absolutely amazing! I would definitely recommend reading it to everyone. It inspired me so much and I attribute to it a big part of the great mood I have been in teh last couple of months; I am even thinking to do a quick review on the blog later on.
The Weekly Reads
Podcast interview of the week. This interview with Eric Schmidt, ex CEO of Google was one of the greatest interviews I have ever listened to. If you work in tech or are into it, you will love it. Plus, Eric shares a lot of stories and lessons from his years at Google, from management advice to why it’s important to have coaches. Highly recommended interview, so please make sure to add it to your list!
Leading. In this interview, Lauren Underwood, one of the youngest – 32 year old – US congresswoman ever talks about power, self-doubt, making tough decisions, self-care and what living her best life looks like.
Summer dinners. The Every Girl put together a few summer dinner recipes and the caprese-zucchini salad looks amazing! Plus, I have just discovered how glorious and crunchy raw zucchini tastes and I am now a fan of any dish involving zucchini.
Career rut. The Every Girl breaks down different kinds of career ruts, signs that you might be in one of them and some potential solutions on how to deal with that. Even if you are feeling great about your job, just reading the article is a good exercise to evaluate where you’re at in your career and whether it might be time for a change.
One on one meetings. If you are managing people, one on one meetings are on of your key tools. This HBR article tells us how to make these meetings productive and offers some solid guidelines on how to achieve it.
Founded. I absolutely loved this interview with Julie Schechter and how she founded Small Packages, a (US) website where you can order a gift box for the women in your life, when you are not close by to celebrate with them. I heard of the brand before, but had never read the story of the founder and I find it very inspiring how she started small and just kept going at it.
Thank you for reading and hope you are having a great start into the week!