Dressember 20: All I want for Christmas is (B)oo(ks)

For the month of December – in honor of Dressember – I’ll be blogging everyday! Thoughts on anything from fighting for justice to feminism, from dresses I’m wearing to books I’m reading, and everything in between. 


I’m a fan of reading any time, any season. But there’s a certain magicalness in curling up with a good book around Christmas. Maybe it’s because it’s actually cold, so the blanket and candle I always crave while reading isn’t so strange to people. Maybe it’s because I get to sip hot chocolate while doing so. Maybe it’s simply the excitement of Christmas in the air.

I think holiday book lists are even more fun than summer reading lists. There’s so many “best of 2015” lists out right now, I can barely keep track of it all (PTL for GoodReads, amen?). Here’s what I’m reading this holiday season! Read More

Book Review: Triggers

I recently finished up Marshall Goldsmith’s Triggers  creating behavior that lasts, becoming the person you want to be. Sound a little self-help-y? That’s because it is. But in the best way possible.

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I’m typically not the biggest fan of the books who claim to be able to change your life with 3 easy steps, who promise by the end you’ll be a new person, or who want to give you a new mantra for living. Goldsmith does none of these things – he simply helps explain human behavior regarding change. As an executive coach who gets paid to sit down with powerful CEOs and business professionals, he knows a thing or two about creating lasting change. Although some of his example were hard to relate to at times, I feel like I learned so much about myself through his words. I think the most help we need today is becoming more self aware, so any “self help” book that involves that has my vote. Read More

Summer Reading List

As Labor Day has officially come and gone, I guess we have to come to terms with the fact that summer is over (and that we can no longer wear white….). I know some people usually make a “summer reading list” beforehand, but even though I love lists I’m the type who reads where the wind blows, then makes a recap later on. AKA I may have recently reread the first three Harry Potter books in three days (how can you stop!?) but then got lost in Fitzgerald and thennnnn fell IN LOVE with Adichie. Life is so short, you know?

If you didn’t know, I’m a huge reader. Like, huge reader. I feel like I eat up a good book like some consume a fine meal (gobbling down the whole thing in one sitting, without coming up for air or small bite by small bite, saving every last flavor). I also feel like I sometimes overwhelm people with my love of books. Asking me “What have you been reading lately?” is a very loaded question…. that I love to answer. So, interwebs, thanks for asking! Here’s – in no particular order – what I read this summer: Read More

If You Feel Too Much

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 6.38.20 PMI finally, finalllllllly got my hands on Jamie Tworkowski’s If You Feel Too Much last week, and “excited” doesn’t even begin to describe it. As if a foreword by Donald Miller isn’t already the sign of a great book, he used my absolute favorite part of his latest Scary Close – “I think we were supposed to be ourselves and we were meant as a miracle”. Page xx and I already knew this book was going to be amazing. I may or may not have read the entire thing in 24 hours (as in absolutely I did). I think you should as well. Read it, that is. You can take longer if you so desire…

I still remember stumbling across To Write Love On Her Arm‘s MySpace page, back in middle school; I remember getting goosebumps as I read Jamie’s original piece, about Renee’s sentiment to remember the stars. It’s a movement you can’t help but join, an organization you can’t help but root for. It’s a message of hope, above all. A message we all need, a message I’m glad is being spread throughout the world every day because of brave souls like Jamie. Read More