Weekly Reads – April 27th

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Reads! I hope everyone is staying healthy and sane but also with a bit of motivation for going after your goals – whether they are career, fitness or lifestyle related.

My work from home weeks are rather uneventful so there is nothing new to brag about, other than the fact that spring is in full swing in Berlin so we get to enjoy it in our almost daily walks. The one highlight of the week is the Run 5, Donate 5 and Nominate 5 challenge I did on Instagram. Thanks to it I ran my first 5 km in a while – I used to regularly run a few years ago but have not been able to get back into it since – so I am quite excited about the achievement. Plus, making a small donation is also a good cause. I repeated with a 3 km run on Saturday morning, so I am (almost) seeing a pattern here. We will see!

Weekly Reads April 27
A mirror selfie from the times when I had somewhere to go.

The Weekly Reads

Making a home office. You’ve been working from home for a while now but never really set up a working space for yourself? Here are some ideas to make an office at home when you don’t have much space. There are so many beautiful pieces linked.

Work from home diaries. I love to peek into other people’s lives and the quarantine routine of five members from MM LaFleur’s team brings it all – outfits, snacks and naps.

Starting on the right foot. Are you starting a new job during the pandemic? Here are some tips on how to nail it when you are starting a new job remotely.

When losing your job feels like losing your self. This article from HBR on job loss and how the effects are much more than just a financial loss is so good. Our professional lives are so much more than just the ability to bring a salary home; they give structure to our days, bring a purpose and make us feel valuable.

… unemployment not only takes away income, but damages a key organizing element of our lives.

Moving on. If you have been affected by the COVID-19 layoffs, it’s important to acknowledge that it is not just an economic loss but the mental struggle that it might come with. Taking the time to deal with the loss grief upfront is essential; next, is adopting a growth mindset, making a plan and showing up every day to get there – whether that means blocking time for sending out applications, signing up for online courses or reaching out to your network.

Comfort food. During the quarantine, I have become obsessed with homemade guacamole – my favourite comfort food for a movie night. I only use avocado, onion, tomato, salt & some lime juice if at hand, and it always tastes so good and hearty. If I got you started thinking about delicious food, here are a bunch of healthy alternative comfort foods that you can try out.

Thank you for reading and I hope you are staying healthy & sane!

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