This past weekend, I turned the big ole 25. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to go to an amazing school that had an incredible outdoor program. The not so incredible part as an 17 year year old, or incredible part now looking back on it, is that I was generally tromping through the woods in somewhere, USA on my birthday as every year we had a fall trip. Looking back now, I cannot complain that I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday surrounded by friends and the great outdoors.
This year the celebrations were plentiful, although simple, which is just what I wanted. Needless to say, the past couple of weeks have been full of love, well wishes and more fall-inspired fare and decorations, all of which I adore. Below are just a few things that I have been loving lately!
1. Quarter Century Birthday. My birthday was everything that I could have asked for. The celebrations were mellow, which is just what I wanted. So thank you for all of the beautiful birthday wishes and cheers to an even better next quarter century!
Leading up to my birthday this year I knew I just wanted to keep it simple. We had a small “family” gathering on the night of my birthday with amazing food and company and then to top my birthday week off, Krista and our dear friend Rachel threw me a little girls birthday bash. The theme was appropriately a fall inspired, vegetarian harvest feast. Both celebrations were wonderful and pointed my next quarter century in a wonderful direction!
2. Thought Catalog — Early 20’s versus Late 20’s. After our girl’s birthday celebration ended when the kitchen was cleaned and all the candles were blown out, Krista and I happened along the topic of feeling older. By no means do I feel like an old maid, even though I have always been more of a home body, but I have recently felt that I am teetering (slash 10-steps ahead of) the line towards Late 20’s. So cheers to a clean kitchen, farmer’s markets, sleeping and kale!
This ‘Thought Catalog’ by Jamie Varon had me laughing out loud and fairly accurately sums up how I’m feeling about Early 20’s versus Late 20’s. A must read for a chuckle.
3. “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg. During the past year, Sandberg’s book Lean In has come into many conversations. The book has been in the back of my mind as a must read when I get around to it. But after my friend, Rachel, asked me if I have read Sandberg’s book I felt like the universe was not so casually telling me that it was finally time to get around to it.
In an attempt to be practical (now that I am 25) I put the book on hold at the library and completely forgot that I had done so. So when it finally arrived back and I received the e-mail it was available I immediately dug into the book. Ironically I had already bookmarked Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business to include in my next “Weekend Love It,” which Sheryl Sandberg is featured as #10.
I’m not finished quite yet but recommend this book to anyone, male of female, business oriented or not.
4. Powerful Women. I wasn’t intending to highlight a theme of powerful women but after reading Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business last week I knew that I needed to share it. I was particularly captured by the trend that these powerful women are pushing boundaries into heavy industries (i.e. tech, energy, defense, and autos) and not solely focused in creative industries. In college I received a few Federal Grants for simply being a “woman in science,” which I gratefully accepted. The trend and actual happenings of supporting women in more “heavy fields” is something I firmly believe in.
Side note: One of the authors is the one and only Caroline Fairchild, who I fortunate enough to grow up with. Make sure to follow this lady as she is going places.
On a tangent, Business Insider’s recent article on How Your Name Affects Your Success highlighted the trend that “if you are a woman with a sexually ambiguous name, you are more likely to succeed.” As a woman with a sexually ambiguous name, I found this portion of the article fascinating. Although, I think that it takes far more than just a name to succeed the trends are fascinating.
5. Pumpkin Spice Donuts. On a note slightly less related to life growth and powerful women in business, let’s talk donuts. This spring I made heavenly (if I do say so myself) Buttermilk Lemon Poppyseed Donuts. Yesterday I cleaned out under my oven to organize the plethora of oddly shaped bakeware that I have and washed everything. After coming along the donut pan, the boy exclaimed “we have a donut pan?” I felt slightly hurt that he had already forgotten my previous donut adventures but vowed to make him some donuts due to his excitement over the donut pan. I’m a strong believer that women can be powerful CEO’s and still make a mean donut.
To add to the enjoyment of this Sunday, I made perhaps the most simple, gluten-free Pumpkin Spice Donuts that left my house smelling of fall. Recipe coming soon!