Lean In – Chapter 11

Chapter 11: Working Together Towards Equality

To wrap up my series on Lean In, I am going to share my favorite quote from the final chapter:

All of us – men and women alike – have to understand and acknowledge how stereotypes and biases cloud our beliefs and perpetuate the status quo. Instead of ignoring our differences, we need to accept and transcend them”  – Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In, p. 159.

A different perspective on life and the workplace is my biggest takeaway from the book. I appreciated the stories and anecdotes from each chapter that improved my critical lens of the world and forced me to rethink how I support women and men in work and home life. Sandberg summarizes that women should join with men as well as other women to work together and help women rise to leadership positions. She states “Women don’t often receive female support but can really help each other by working together.” I am making a commitment to support my colleagues, women and men, in their personal and professional endeavors.

"We need to be grateful for what we have but dissatisfied with the status quo"

Together let’s make the workplace better for everyone. I hope you will add Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg to your bookshelf and let me know your thoughts. Thanks for following the series.


This post is part of a series on Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

My Happiness Project

I just finished reading the The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin and am inspired to change small aspects of my life.

chandler jumping

I love the practical suggestions for a simpler, happier life. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a quick, easy read! There are aspects of the book that I find problematic (yes, Gretchin’s life is much easier than the average person) but some of her suggestions resonated with me as smart ways to increase my happiness. I started a Pinterest board to keep track of these ideas, and would love for you to join me in this project by creating your own board!

  • Be Chandler
  • The days are long but the years are short
  • What’s fun for other people might not be fun for you and vice-versa
  • Clean out my closets

Clothes to donate

I am a perpetual (self-identified) hoarder. I am pretty sure it runs in my family. Gretchen’s book and my impending move inspired me to start cleaning out my closets. I started to get rid of clothes that did not fit. I donated over 80 items to friends and Goodwill. I also started throwing away old cards, letters, and keepsakes that were no longer worth saving. I still have a long way to go but this was a great start!

  • Find more fun
  • Act more energetic
  • Make time for friends
  • Be silly, be generous, be spontaneous
  • Smile more

This is just the beginning of a new journey towards increased daily happiness. Have you read The Happiness Project? What stood out most for you? If you’ve started your own version of a Happiness project I would love to hear more about it!