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My New Years’ Resolution was to read one book and listen to one audiobook each month. January was a crazy busy month for me at work and I came close to meeting this goal, but not quite. I finished the audiobook on February 1 and the actual book (e-book on my iPad) on February 13th! I’m not letting that delay stop me and I actually already finished my audiobook for February! For now, I’m going to focus on what I read in January and share these two wonderful books with you guys!
I Know How She Does It
I’ve been telling you guys about this book for a long time. It took me awhile to read through it because I did a terrible job prioritizing books in 2015. This is why I made it a resolution for 2016!
I Know How She Does It is the study of how women who make over $100,000 per year and have at least once child under the age of 18 at home, spend their week. The study disproves the claim that women can’t “have it all.” Whatever that means. It definitely means that women can have personal and professional success while still spending time with their kids and husbands, and getting 6-8 hours of sleep every night. The rhetoric that we must stay home full time to be good Moms, or work 70 hours a week to be good employees, is so damaging and simply, not true!
It is, in short, about how to enjoy and make the most of your time, by which I mean investing as much as you wish in everything that matters: work, family, community, leisure. It is about celebrating abundance rather than lamenting choices or claiming that no one can have it all. – Laura Vanderkam
I don’t have children, nor do I make over $100,000 a year, but I would love to have both of those things one day. Working in a male dominated career means that I’m frequently told female lawyers cannot also be reliable mothers. Once, I was even told, “It’s OK. Lots of women choose to have a career instead of a family.”
It was so enlightening to see scientific proof that it wasn’t true.
You can go for a walk when you’d normally take a social media break in the afternoon. – Laura Vanderkam
You’ve heard me talk a lot about her other book 168 Hours. One thing I loved about her book was that at the end she concluded with ways to spend your leisure time. We all feel like we don’t have enough leisure time, but in reality there are pockets of time that we can use more wisely to truly enjoy life. I would give this book a 5/5 and highly recommend it to all women who want to better build a business or career while also valuing time with those they love.
Out of Order
Out of Order is a history of the United States Supreme Court (aka SCOTUS – Supreme Court of the United States), as written by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. It was wonderful!
This is an audiobook that I bought years ago with an audible credit, and then shortly thereafter I stopped listening to audiobooks completely. I have no idea why. I’m embarrassed to admit that I have very little knowledge of the Supreme Court’s history. This book changed that. Justice O’Connor was the first woman Supreme Court Justice and she narrates the book herself. You can hear the memories in her voice and what sound like turning pages in the back ground.
Imagine your Grandma teaching you about history, except it’s history she either personally experienced or researched, and she weaves together the stories in an absolutely fascinating manner. Did you know there was a justice whose body guard murdered one of his foes? A justice who got divorced several times? A justice who hired female clerks and a justice who refused? That at first the Court wasn’t respected at all and people would actually quit after a few years to go be a State Court Justice? That would be unheard of in these days!
I’m not a history buff by any means, but this book was the perfect education on the history of the Court while also being entertaining. I’d give it a 5/5 as well and highly recommend it to anyone who finds US History or the law intriguing but doesn’t already know a ton about the Court. (If you are a Supreme Court buff you may find it boring.)
I need to figure out a way to save the quotes I love from audiobooks since I can’t highlight them! Any suggestions?
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