Great New Books – As you may or may not know, I write occasionally for Great New Books, reviewing a book I’ve loved. At the end of the year we always publish a series of group posts, which I really love. We shared our Best Books of 2016, our Favorite Book Quotes from 2016, our Favorite Book We Finally Got Around to Reading in 2016, and our Most Anticipated Books of 2017. There are some great books mentioned here, and I hope you’ll check it out.
The Invisible Workload – Oh, wow. This article from Time made me cry. It’s so true, every word of it. I’ve said before that the primary work of motherhood is the remembering work. It’s the mental space that juggling all the details takes up that I’m most aware of and that, lately, feels heaviest. I don’t mean to complain – I’m grateful and most of the time, I choose the role of Rememberer in Chief – but I appreciate hearing from someone outside that I’m not crazy to feel this as a heavy responsibility.
Be A Creature of Freshness – I love in particular what Lauren has to say about “trimming the fat.” I’ve had several conversations with friends in the last year about not wanting to focus, at this point in our lives, on friendships that don’t fulfill us. I think of Anne Lamott’s story of shopping with her friend Pammy, who was facing terminal cancer, and stressing about how clothes made her look. Pammy said, “Anne, I really don’t think we have that kind of time.” I feel the same way about friendships that aren’t mutual. I also relate to what Lauren says about putting her dislike of the phone on her voicemail. Amen to that.
Women Leaders, Relying on their Peers’ Power and Their Own – I was thrilled to see who women I view as role models and inspirations, Sheryl Sandberg and Gloria Steinem, together in this short interview. My favorite comment is Steinem’s answer to the last question, where she talks about listening as much as talking, and about the ways that both boys and girls are forced into boxes that they’d benefit from escaping.
What are you reading, thinking about, listening to, and loving in this new year?
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