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.

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

Running Dreams

“Dream big! Your dreams are your own and they are not silly. Dream of a marathon, a 5K, or to run a mile without stopping. Dream to help other runners learn from your mistakes. Dream to find more joy in the time you spend giving your body the gift of exercise. Dream what you will but do not stop there. Happiness and satisfaction are not found in dreaming alone, but in intentionally moving in a direction to make your dreams come true.” –Run the Edge

A year ago today my friend Evan started his running adventure. As he says, it “all started with a pair of shoes last Christmas.” I am inspired by his commitment to running, and thankful for a running buddy that wakes up early to run with me in the dark in Athens at 6 am (and sometimes even earlier). I would not be as committed to my health and running if it was not for him.

CSAA Friends picture after AthensHalf

CSAA Ath Half Finishers: Evan T., Dr. Linder, Lenet R., & Me!

I saw this quote on my Facebook feed today and it reminded me how much joy I get from running. Are you thinking about starting to run or want to create new fitness dreams (resolutions) for 2014? I hope this quote and Evan’s story inspires you to make your own! Share those dreams below.

UGA Football Inspiration

I love quotes. And as I sat here and watched this emotional UGA football end of year video, I decided I wanted to share the message. Because this advice applies to so much more than football games.

“I think that there is an unhealthy desire for perfection, that what we desire most, we expect to be void of flaws. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The strongest love is measured in it’s inperfections, and what makes us human are mistakes and failures. The desires to preserve, to overcome, to endure. These are the qualities that define passion, that show how badly we want something”

“I think in the end, the most important thing, was giving up the future we had planned, for the one that was waiting for us. Not everything ends up the way you want it to, but taking the time to realize that the most important things are the people you surround yourself with, your friends and your family, no trophy, no title, no victory is greater than that ”

– Frank Martin, University of Georgia Football

Go Dawgs!

Think Big

“You just don’t know how magnificent you might be. Think big. Think big” – Chancellor Caldwell

I am still energized by last week’s trip to Raleigh, NC for the four Fs (football, family, friends, and fun). The trip home and time spent with members of the NC State community reminded me why that place is so special to me.