Lately, I’m reading books & blogs about international development, vulnerability, pregnancy, communications & design. An odd assortment of titles, but great ones nonetheless. Creatives, moms, teachers, freelancers…Feast your eyes.
Altitude Summit / Sara Urquhart and Gabrielle Blair
Anyone who is anyone in the blogging world attend this conference. The blog features concise tips on how to be a better blogger, designer and artist. It also serves as a gathering place of ideas & inspirations.
Cup of Joe / Joanna Goddard
My interest in preggos/raising children is part repulsion & part fascination. I’m also curious about traveling & designing for small spaces. I get my fix in all the above here.
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent & Lead / Brene Brown
Brown gave the most viewed TED talk of all time, with 10.3 million views. She has a bachelor’s, master’s & Ph.D. in social work. My best friend, Devon, & my sister are majoring in social work, so this book was a way for me to peek into their world. I want to support these ladies as much as I can.
I also heard once that “shame never creates change” – a phrase that has stuck with me for years. Brown’s research deals with shame & belonging, & how we can dump the first & get more of the latter. She shows you why vulnerability is the foundation of great leadership, successful relationships & even bravery.
(Guys, remember that one time I blogged about my vagina?)
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead / Sheryl Sandberg
Sandberg is the COO of Facebook, a mother & wife. My dad urged me to pick up this book & it lit a fire under my workin’ woman ass. If you read any worthy news source at all (ahem, Cosmo) you have heard of Sandberg & what it means to “lean in.” Sandberg discusses why smart, capable women are staying home to raise children instead of re-entering the workforce. If you plan on having a career, or having children, read this book.
(Afterward, you’ll probably plan on having a career AND children. And a husband who knows how to run a freakin’ dishwasher every now & then.)
Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan / Greg Mortenson
A how-to on getting worthwhile shit done in impossible places, on behalf of forgotten people. I recommend this for any teacher, education or social work student or traveler.