I've always been teased about my love of reading. Lucky for me, it was never in a mean/bully sort of way, but just out of love. Book worm is a nickname I know and love, and it's been that way for as long as I remember. (I'll admit, the Pizza Hut personal pan rewards program might have had something to do with it, but hey, whatever works.)
In the last few years, I've also realized how much I love to discuss and share a good read. If I learned something from book, blog post or news site, it's my natural inclination to pass it along. A good friend of mine laughs every time I say, "I was reading this article the other day..." I just can't help it. And I've made a career out of sharing information, so I guess the shoe fits.
So that's how I arrived here. I sent all of these to at least one of my friends or family members, so why not pass them along to the world-wide-web? :)
First up, if you're looking for a little inspiration, follow the link below. As I've learned from Elizabeth Gilbert's Magic Lessons podcast, sometimes all we need to go after our dreams is a little bit of permission. So read this, then go out and live that big life you've been dreaming of!
I emailed this next article to a few of my TV news friends. I remember this reporter speaking in one of my college classes, and having so much respect for her. Here she writes about the pressures of conformity and the relief of rising above it:
As tiring as it can be, cultivating the 'right' on-air wardrobe is part of my job. I try to embrace it and find the fun, but looking camera-ready by 3:50 a.m. five days a week can be exhausting! (No, we don't have hair/makeup/wardrobe helpers.) I remember feeling so worried before I started anchoring full-time, and anxious abut coming up with an outfit every. single. day. Then there's the issue Jana talks about, which is personal style. Let me just say, a body-hugging dress, spanx and heels is not the first thing I would choose to wear every day, not to mention the expense of having a closet full of that sort of thing. (No, we don't have a clothing allowance.) It's always a work in progress, and I've gotten very good at bargain hunting. I have a lot of options that I feel comfortable in, and I'm glad Jana now does too.
The plot thickens! It turns out, Jana happens to be in the middle of big conversation about her wardrobe. She got some negative attention for it in the midst of coverage of Jacob Wetterling, and it's very interesting to read about how it has unfolded in the Minnesota community:
Alright, while we're on the topic of TV... This segment on HBO Real Sports made me cry.
I didn't expect to get so upset, but when I think about all the years it's taken me to build my career, it's terrifying to think about it being taken away from me in an instant, purely because of the way I look. My female colleagues and I are very aware of the realities of the industry. But really?? It's 2016, and a woman with decades of experience can so easily be pushed out simply for surviving past the age of 45 and having the audacity to work. It's not right.
So onward we go, to something much more empowering. You know that feeling when you just know a bad mood is on the horizon? Or maybe it's already taken hold and you desperately wish you could hit 'ctrl + z'? Here are some ideas to fight the funk:
Erin seems pretty cool, right? She is coming to St. Louis next month, so let me know if you're interested in learning more about the event. I'm hoping to be there myself.
Have a great weekend! Please let me know in the comment section if you found any of these links interesting or helpful. I hope they sparked something for you, like they did for me.