the defining decade

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A coworker suggested I read read copy of,  The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now, as my next year. I welcomed the suggestion with open arms. I couldn’t put this book down, it was half because of the message and partly because the text was at least 14 point text. Here’s a little a little synopsis on the book, “we have a “thirty-is-the-new-twenty” culture tells us the twentysomething years don’t matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood.”

I was three pages deep into the book and I remembered about a year ago Paul sent me a link to this TedTalk and said watch it, you won’t be sorry. So, I challenge you to do the same. Watch this video. Tell me what you think.

The woman giving this TedTalk is the author of the book mentioned above. It was beyond interesting to hear and read her thoughts on why 30 isn’t the new 20 and what twentysomethings need to do to capture their future. The perfect way to sum up this book is fro this excerpt: The future isn’t written in the stars. There are no guarantees. So claim your adulthood. Be internal. Get to work. Pick your family, Do the math. Make your own certainty. Don’t be defined by what you didn’t know your didn’t do. You are deciding your life right now. 

This read was beyond fascinating. If you read this book, I would love to hear your thoughts. If you watched that clip, I want to hear your thought, too. Do you agree with Dr. Jay?

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childhood books

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I remember loving to read when I was a young child. I always had my head buried it some book. I don’t think it mattered what I was reading just as long as it was something. Of course, all love stories come to an end and the end of my love for reading was high school. High school made my busy with sports, a heavy class load, life guarding and a social life, so I broke up with books. Don’t get too depressed though, post college books and I are back together.

I remember it was like a weight off my shoulders once I graduated (college). I could finally read for pleasure again. I had time to read for pleasure again. The year after I graduated, I told myself I wanted to read at least 6 (new) books every year, and so far that has withheld the test of time. Don’t get me wrong, sitting down and finding the perfect book to read is hard, but once I get my hands on the right one be prepared to not see me for two weeks.

All of this reminiscing makes me think back to my favorite book from my childhood and there are two strong contenders that stand out Stella Luna and The Rainbow Fish. Both of these books were read to me multiple times as both bedtime stories and just for fun. When I am looking for a quick flashback to the past, I pull out my copy of Stella Luna or The Rainbow Fish and sit down for a quick read. Did you read these books? After a quick search on Amazon, I was shocked to find out that Stella Luna is only $2 and some odd change! These books are classics! What was your favorite book as a child?

PS. I am ALWAYS looking for book recommendations. Send some to me, if you read a good book recently!

what a week

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I for one and pretty excited about this weekend. Today, I am off work and I get to enjoy some nice beverages with Matt on the roof deck oft one of my favorite establishments! Tonight there will be fireworks after the National’s game and Saturday I get to see a few of my sisters. Over all the weekend is going to be jam packed with a lot of fun.

Holy cats! This is awesome! An Iranian women becomes the first ever to win “noble prize” of mathematics | IFL Science

50 states and 50 places to see their natural wonders– I want to go to all of these places |CNN

Sure it’s DC Restaurant week but don’t forget about Alexandria! ARW runs 8/15-8/24

These on my list as soon as Autumn gets here. Matt, get excited for these Apple Pie Pancakes | Jessica in the Kitchen

Looking fabulous while working out, check! I love my new clothes from fabletics, check them out! | fabletics

Treat Receipt ends on Sunday get it while it lasts! | Starbucks

Ride a train, change the world, AWESOME article | urbanful

These headphones (Sports Wireless+) are incredible little things. A huge shout out again to Sam Davidson & Jarba

The Greenland Shark, does he have anything to with mythical creature in Loch Ness? | Animal Planet, Jeremy Wade

 

Have a great weekend y’all! If the rain is coming your way Sunday, like it is for DC I hope your Sunday is filled with a good book, cuddling and a warm cup of tea!

happy friday

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Friend, just because it’s Friday doesn’t mean you put in less effort. Make today ridiculously amazing because it’s Friday. I learned yesterday that during my work’s summer Friday program, I can wear jeans; here’s to Jeans Friday! Above all, we are finally on the eve’s eve of Shark Week. Here are a few links to check out during your afternoon lull.

Researchers Made A Shark-Stalking Robot, Business Insider

It’s almost back to school, and Fall is around the comer. Here are 10 Apps to help you get and stay organized, All Top Startups

If you are in Old Town and craving pizza, check out Red Rocks.

This Song, Chromeo

Are you thinking about reading Gone Girl? Check out this exclusive first read, NPR

Here are a few hairstyle lifehacks on those days you sleep in a little too long, Buzzfeed.

Restaurant week is coming up and you want the best deal, right?, DCLadies

Remember to kick back and relax a little bit this weekend. Shark Week premiers on Sunday, get ready for a week filled with my favorite animal!

what to read next?

suggestions?

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What made you pick up the book you are currently reading? How do you get suggestions and recommendations? If you’re on the hunt for something new and interesting to read, you have plenty of places to turn. Lifehacker put out a blog and  asked you where you went to find something good to read—whether it’s based on the things you’ve already read, someone’s suggestions you trust, a website that lets you build a virtual “shelf” of your favorite titles, or just a discussion group.

Goodreads, Book Bub, LibraryThing, Reddit were the top places to find a new book from the Lifehacker post. I’ve never tried using any of these except Goodreads, and my book turned out to be a good suggestion. Currently, Matt is reading a book that was suggested from a Reddit thread and he seems to be enjoying it so far.

Personally, I still like checking on Amazon and at the bookstore/library for a book. There’s some novelty about it that I can’t explain. When it comes to a niche or specialty books on highly specific topics, I would suggest going to a local bookstore and then a library as well. Looking for books on specifically political topics, or independently published authors whose books are on limited release? Indie bookstores are where you need to go—and the people that work there are likely to have suggestions for you too. I remember my days working in a bookstore: Each of us had a specialty area we were happy to talk about.

#TGIF

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Thank God it’s Friday. This week was dragging at a snail’s pace, but don’t let that get you down. This weekend is going to be filled with The Killing and a good book–if you have any recommendations, send them my way. Without further adieu, these links will get you through your Friday.

Three Ways to Protect Your Time, Sam Davidson

Broiling Grapefruit, Simply Recipes — So, I finally made one last night OMG YUM! Don’t worry a blog post will be up this weekend about the experience!

This unusual note from a Grandmother to a State Trooper, msn news

Unlimited mimosa brunch with LIVE jazz music, Capitol Deal

If you want to chase your dreams, make sure your eyes are open! Jon Ancuff

Whatever your weekend is filled with, I hope it’s magical! Remember to set aside sometime to relax so you can regenerate for the week ahead!

 

it’s finally friday!

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Thank God it’s Friday. This week was incredibly long, but now it’s almost time for the weekend. Hopefully a few of these blog posts/articles I share with you toady will get you to 5PM. This weekend,will be filled with friends, a baked & wired cupcake, Nationals v Brewers game and a lot of drinks followed by laughter.

Thanks to Girls on a Whim for this awesome idea to feature a few killer links every Friday. I love that idea!

Healthy Happy Hour? Why not, check out a few ideas before hitting the bar with friends. (The DC Ladies)

This little bundle of joy (National Geographic)

A shameless promo of DC Area Delta Phi Epsilon Alumnae Association, here’s the new website and Facebook page (DC DPhiE)

Miss Idaho for rocking it and not being ashamed (NRP)

Healthy Nachos, don’t mind if i do!  (Pinch of Yum)

Nothing is better than strawberry lemonade…bars! (Dinner Dishes & Desserts)

A lovely  summer libation that you must drink this weekend (Margaret Elizabeth)

And to get those pesky fruit flies to go away! #sorryimnotsorry for likening fruit! (Buzzfeed)

 

Enjoy a little fun in the sun this weekend!