I’m late… very late!
Typically, I send out this newsletter on the first Friday of every month. Alas, here I am (on the last Friday of March) sending out this month’s roundup.
The reality of life is that sometimes we drop the ball, have too many things on our plate, have unexpected things thrown at us, and/or have to reprioritize on the fly. (I’m raising my hand!)
When you see authors, entrepreneurs, influencers, social media mavens, and others looking like they have it all together, please remember that highlight reels don’t show the behind-the-scenes reality (and for me, this month was fulfilling and meaningful but … a scramble).
Don’t compare someone else’s highlight reel to your day-to-day reality. Curated public shares do not show the private overwhelm, trade-offs, tough choices, emotions, failures, difficult choices, and disappointments. And trust me, all of those (seen or unseen) are part of building a bold and brilliant career.
So here’s to embracing the messy, wild, imperfect ride of life and giving ourselves (and others) space and grace when we don’t tick every box.
Read on for this month’s roundup on Women’s History Month.
“To achieve equality, companies must turn good intentions into concrete actions.“
– Source: Lean In
Begin Boldly ranked in Forbes
On the eve of International Women’s Day, Begin Boldly was featured by @forbes as one of the “10 Must Read Books” on women in the workplace.
The book was featured alongside the works of giants in the field including Marshall Goldsmith, Sally Helgesen, and so many more!
If you are committed to supporting women at work, I encourage you to pick up the titles, consider gifting them to someone you want to elevate and advocate for, and add them to your organization’s library. Read the Forbes list here.
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK
From Penguin Random House:
“Tired, stressed, and in need of more help from your partner? Imagine running your household (and life!) in a new way…
It started with the Sh*t I Do List. Tired of being the “shefault” parent responsible for all aspects of her busy household, Eve Rodsky counted up all the unpaid, invisible work she was doing for her family—and then sent that list to her husband, asking for things to change. His response was…underwhelming. Rodsky realized that simply identifying the issue of unequal labor on the home front wasn’t enough: She needed a solution to this universal problem. Her sanity, identity, career, and marriage depended on it.
The result is Fair Play: a time- and anxiety-saving system that offers couples a completely new way to divvy up domestic responsibilities.”
Check out the book and documentary at Fair Play Life. It is a life-changing solution! And stay-tuned .. I’m working on becoming a Certified Fair Play Facilitator.
One Tool, Technique or Tactic To Try
I’ve been public speaking since I was 11. And this month .. all the practice was put to the test with back-to-back speaking engagements for International Women’s Day.
Do I still get nervous? EVERY TIME. However, I never aspire to be fearless. Why? Fear is a critical emotion. It is part of a meaningful journey where we take chances, connect deeply, and live boldly.
No fear = Playing It Safe.
The absence of fear is an indication that we aren’t making bold enough moves.
And … the good news is that fear and excitement can go hand-in-hand.
The takeaway: Building a bold and brilliant life isn’t about being fearless. It is about feeling fear, knowing that there is a bold move to be made, and having the tools to make progress in the face of that angst and fear.
This month, I shared a document titled ‘Questions to ask to ask yourself on International Women’s Day’.
Here is one of the questions:
“Are you glorifying the ‘superwoman’, ‘super moms,’ and labeling women as ‘superhuman’ without recognizing that profiling women in such a way can absolve others (partners, employers, policy makers) from helping and supporting women, while contributing to women’s feelings of failure, burnout, and overwhelm?”
As Women’s History Month ends, perhaps we should question why we glorify women who do it all without asking why they have to.
Let’s go live boldly!