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Week of May 11th: Lasting Impressions

Is it Friday already? This week flew by way too fast. So it goes. We’re creeping up on graduation – and want to send a special congratulations out to intern Lauren Wannermeyer on her graduation from Syracuse University this weekend. We wish you the best of luck in all your post-graduation endeavors!

We’ve been working hard this week on quite a few projects. Join us on Facebook to discuss the changes happening in corporate culture beginning on Monday.

In my new role at The Opportunities Project, I am constantly searching for things that are news-worthy and career related, especially those things that impact women in particular. It’s hard to not take note of all the opinions regularly surfacing in the news regarding how women “should” manifest their lives.

There’s also been a lot going on in the political world this week, and there seems to be the expected explosion of differing opinions and all things related with various topics – so let’s get right to this week’s Lasting Impressions:

1.) We couldn’t help but notice Time’s magazine cover of the breastfeeding mother for “Are You Mom Enough?” The LA Times just called this print article “A shocking stroke of genius.”

Yes, things seem to be moving completely digital, but this story proved print is still relevant and actually has more impact  than any website’s new landing page.

This isn’t a new story.

This is an old story, uncovered, and has created a lot of heat.

Have you voiced your opinion on the topic of breastfeeding yet this week? What do you think of this attempt by the LA Times to recover people’s response to the impact of print? Do you think the response would be the same if the story wasn’t in print?

2.) This one may have slipped your radar. Warning: language NSFW. Actresses Kate Beckinsale, Judy Greer and Andrea Savage recorded a hilarious video in response to the common Republican stance on monitoring women’s rights when it comes to birth control, abortion, and a few other things. This was by far the funniest thing I watched all week, and was a great balance to the rather serious overtones of political conversation since Obama announced “…same-sex couples should be able to get married”  and whether he went too far… or simply not far enough.

I’m just going to go ahead and declare “should” as the word of the week.

3.) Last but certainly not least, I’m sure you’ve heard of the passing of author Maurice Sendak. Who didn’t grow up on the book “Where the Wild Things Are”? While his face may not be all that familiar, his works most certainly are.

Can you believe this book was first published in 1963? Just this January, I went to a 1st birthday party for a friend’s son that was completely themed on this book. I guess some things, like dreams, become timeless. Minus a few technological details, of course, but the premise and drivers seem to remain the same.

His books seemed more fantastical to me than scary as a child. What’s your history with Sendak’s books?

Don’t forget: Sunday is Mother’s Day, so be extra nice to all the Mom’s in your world this weekend!


An RSS Update

A quick note for our blog RSS and email subscribers:

For the last year, we have using Posterous to manage our blog’s RSS feed, but are now using a custom feed developed by our web person. (We’ll leave the Posterous site up, but will not update it any longer.) If you read our blog via RSS or email, you shouldn’t see any difference, but if you do, please contact us.

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Read My Guest Post on Girl Meets Geek

Hey there! I am back from a 10 day traveling tour of 4 flights, 3 train rides and a bus (earned the Jet Setter badge on FourSquare!) and am now catching up on emails, calls, and everything else. Will have some updates about the 2011 Social Learning Summit and the American Education Research Association conference, as well as our scholarship winner announcement and more information on our Make The Change You Want event next Tuesday.

In the meantime, here is a picture from my co-working experiment yesterday at Cafe Envie, an open air cafe in the French Quarter of New Orleans. It was heavenly and inspiring. Also, please take a moment to read my guest blog post on Girl Meets Geek on Empowerment through Social Media. Thanks so much to  Kate-Madonna Hindes, one of my role models, for giving me the opportunity to write for her. We would both love your comments.




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Website Maintenance

I’d love to say that my website is running slow because of the amazing traffic I am getting (though it is way up the last two weeks- hello new readers!), but it seems to be due to the changes we’re making and a pesky, unidentified plugin. My website hosting company is helping me troubleshoot. In the meantime, you may see some performance issues. My apologies in advance. I’m on it.

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Pleasures of Life: Party, Travel, and Food for #Reverb10

This is an easy blog post for #Reverb10- just some quick hits on pleasures that I enjoyed when it comes to parties, travel, and food. While it is a simple list, it did make me realize how important all three are and how I need to actively plan these things in 2011.

(And for those of you who found yourself here wondering what this #Reverb10 stuff is about, I joined a campaign of bloggers- 3,320 to be exact- who have dedicated their December blog posts to reflecting on 2010 in the hopes of manifesting even more greatness in 2011. This is my 7th post for the campaign. Check the rest out!)

December 9 – Party: What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans. (Author: Shauna Reid)

There were three types of parties in 2010 that “rocked my socks.” The first was the kind where you can’t run fast enough to your computer to untag yourself from Facebook photos. Hello, Eve’s birthday in July! As a “grown-up,” I fortunately only had one of those types of parties this year. The second type of party was the type where I led its direction. What can I say- I always feel more comfortable in charge of things. The last weekend on Fire Island, my friend and I went to a bar to have one drink and the next thing you know, I just happen to lead people in a dance to Thriller and then dancing my way home eight hours later. Like the first type, pictures are hard to come by my conscious and deliberate design.

AERA Conference But the third type were my favorite parties in 2010 and they were with my colleagues and dear friends from my doctoral program at New York University. I went to three parties that involved Adriana, Kadidja, Angus, Mike, and/or Rosa- one in Denver, one in Brooklyn, and one in Queens. When I am around these people, I feel a tremendous sense of peace, love, intimacy and that I am exactly where I am supposed to be in the world. While the dissertation is still hanging out there (working on it!), I am just so happy that the program brought these wonderful people into my life.

December 22 – Travel: How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year? (Author: Tara Hunt)

Other than my Fire Island weekends, I didn’t do a lot of travel this year because I was saving money to launch The Opportunities Project. Among the places I did travel were Denver, Colorado and Savannah, Georgia, cities in two states I’d never been to before 2010. Both were great! I also took some business trips, including my first business trip for The Opportunities Project when I went to the annual conference for the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE) in Orlando. The conference overlapped with my 35th birthday so I was very lucky that a friend from high school, Jeff, lived there and helped me celebrate. When I wasn’t networking at the conference, we had a lot of fun meeting some very interesting characters!

December 26 – Soul Food: What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? (Author: Elise Marie Collins)

I feel like I am forgetting a really good meal, but two stand out right away. One was a fantastic dinner at Turner Fisheries in Boston on a teacher recruitment trip with my colleagues Marsha and Lauren. It was the kind of meal you take a picture of with your phone (I’ve since deleted it). Growing up in a Massachusetts fishing town, I love seafood but am particular and barely eat it in NYC. Shellfish and white fish are what I want- none of this salmon and sea bass nonsense. At Turner Fisheries, I had amazing oysters and a baked haddock with a creamy lemon caper sauce and it was perfect, as well as the company.

The second best food experience I had in 2010 was on Fire Island. I should start by saying EVERY meal I have ever participated in  on Fire Island is great. Our meals are communal and the manager of my house is an amazing chef. But there was one weekend where it was all girls and we had some fantastic conversation that only women in their mid and late 30s can have. More than anything, the dessert is what I remember. We all shared one piece of cake from Rachel’s Bake Shop for dessert with a little ice cream and Godiva liqueur on the side. It was the epitome of awesome woman bonding and I thank all the women who shared it with me.

Here’s to more parties, travel, and food in 2011. :)

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Wonder and Ordinary Joy: #Reverb10

These were two prompts in the #Reverb10 campaign I was going to let go, but as I was finishing the other prompts, they became things I wanted to talk about so here are some quick thoughts!

#Reverb10 Prompts

December 4 – Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year? (Author: Jeffrey Davis) 

December 27 – Ordinary Joy. Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year? (Author: Brené Brown)

Big Wonders

I most often discovered wonder in 2010 by finding myself in situations that made me question my entire being. It sounds scary, but it was also welcoming because I suddenly felt like my eyes were open when they’d long been closed. Here are two times that stand out to me.

1. Spending time with my best childhood friend Laura’s kids this October. I’ve been tentative around other people’s kids in the last few years because they made me self-conscious. I’ve been unsure about my desire to have kids and I feel pressure at my age to know. Plus, I am afraid of breaking them.

Not only did I not break James and Lily, but I fell in love. Next time you see me, ask me to act like a proud aunt and show you a picture of them in their NYC J and L train subway t-shirts. Spending time with her kids made me realize that I really do want to be a mom, and not just a mom of a new business. It’s a wonder because I am not sure what happens next, but I’m eager and happy to explore it.

2. Discovering Buddhist meditation in the last few months has also been a wonder for me. For the first time in my life, I’ve really discovered a way to change my thoughts. This possibility is a wonder for me and I am ready to learn and practice more in 2011 and see where it fits with the other spiritual parts of my life.

Ordinary Joy

My ordinary joys are moments so small, but so peaceful that they made me pause so I could remember them and feel them again.

1. Living close enough to Cobble Hill Park to go there on any summer or spring weekend and sit with my laptop while enjoying Ted & Honey’s #1 Breakfast sandwich, a Red Eye, and their wireless internet that extends to the park. It’s like my personal outside office.

(Photo of Cobble Hill Park courtesy of j_bary, flickr)

2. Grinding my own beans every morning to make coffee in my French Press. I bought a coffee grinder with the earnings from my first sale. I love the ritual and smell every morning of grinding fresh beans and making my coffee before I start writing and checking emails.

3. Walking on the beach for an hour on a weekend at the shared beach house on Fire Island just collecting shells and thinking about nothing else but how they’re all unique and how they feel in my hand. I keep them in a jar in my apartment so I always feel close to the Atlantic, a place that seems to give me incredible energy.

Big and unwieldy, small and simple. All important to my life.

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