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
The week is almost over, at least from how I see it. My toughest days are always Tuesdays and once they pass, work life takes on a different vibe. Also, add to that the fact that as of this Friday afternoon I will be OOO and finally heading for a week long holiday to Sicily, so by my standards I can already call it a week! I am so excited about the holidays; I will be going with my sister and I can’t wait to finally enjoy some summer – or what’s left of it.
A quick word on some of my career thoughts this week. I have been thinking a lot about the idea of getting stuck or getting too comfortable and rationalizing that. I think we tend to work hard to get into comfortable places and then we justify staying there. My advice for you and for myself really, is don’t get stuck. Keep pushing, keep looking or staying open for new opportunities. I believe the only way to grow (fast) is to keep moving. Your thoughts?
The Weekly Reads
Resume advice. I’ve updated my resume lately so I have checked a few articles on the topic. One of them was which buzzwords to include or exclude from your CV. On that note, I will also share my resume template – that I created myself and I am pretty proud of – in one of the next posts, so stay tuned for that!
Recognized. Cultivating a people pleasing kind of attitude is not good. I sometimes recognize such behaviours in myself and it’s so hard to undo years of conditioning. You know, growing up and being the perfect kid and never upsetting the adults around, definitely leaves some traces. I am definitely often guilty of always wanting to deliver the best news to people around me – whether that means working crazy hours in order to be able to do so or not always voicing my opinions out loud.
Trailblazer. This article from NY Times on Venus Williams is a beautiful piece. I wasn’t too familiar with the details of her story but it brings on such an interesting perspective, I had to include an excerpt below.
It’s easy to stand in the present and get distracted, even a little blinded, by the klieg light of Serena. She’s flashy; she’s extroverted. Her talent is so singular that it feels as if it dropped whole from the heavens, a dense, crystalline meteorite of athletic prowess and drive. Venus, a year older, seems more earthly and understated. If you’re not deliberately looking through Serena’s glare — if you don’t hold up a prism and refract Serena’s achievement into its constituent parts — you’ll lose sight of what a star Venus is.
[….] the girls were always a two-stage rocket: Venus igniting first, blasting herself up through the worst of the gravity and the grittiest friction, then separating and falling away as Serena lit up and shot into orbit alone.
Work advice. I love the Ask a Boss column from The Cut. This article on how to handle a manager calling the team out on arriving late, is a beautiful reflection of how great Allison Green is at this. She doesn’t only disect the problem and analyses potential reasons with a great dose of realness, but she also gives recommendations on actual actions to take and even suggested wording to use. Best advice type to learn from. Really.
Coffee break. I have renewed my mushroom coffee order and I am also adding the hot cacao this time. I tried it for two weeks and I really loved the taste of it – for me it tastes like normal coffee and I add a splash of oatmilk which makes it delicious. Effects wise, I felt I performed better during my workouts but can’t confirm if it was just placebo effect. One thing for sure, I really enjoy drinking it and thinking it has benefits for me. If you are interested, you can use my referral code to get 5€ off. A small secret, I also use the code FERRISS (Tim Ferris) for a 20% off – his podcasts are how I got introduced to mushroom coffee in the first place (obviously, I don’t get anything from this) .
Thank you for reading and hope you are having a great week!