Belle’s Workday Reading: October 15, 2014
Oct 15, 2014
Telling people you’re busy doesn’t make you admired, envied or pitied. It makes it sound like you’re not in control of your own life, your own time, your own choices.
People love to be busy. Some even love to be too busy. But having a full life means conquering “the busy trap” and choosing (as much as possible) to embrace the things that fill your days. Take back your life, be something better than busy.
1) Talk to any group of professional women in their 30s about having babies and someone is bound to bring up egg freezing. The technology is improving, but the cost is still substantial (in the range of $10,000 per harvest, $500 per year for storage). Lucky for female employees at Facebook and Apple, their companies are now willing to pay for it.
3) Having a job you don’t like can be unbelievably draining, it can also be hard on the friends and family who listen to you complain. That’s why one Above the Law contributor decided to stop complaining for 40 days. It’s an interesting read.
4) Boden is the kind of shop that you forget about for a little while, then you go back and wonder how you could’ve forgotten in the first place. This berry-colored Lucia dress, sublime (also in black or navy). This gauzy silk top in a soft mauve, a must-have (also in ivory or navy). This mod-style Zoe dress is incredibly fun, and I love this bright Cavendish skirt is fantastic (also in tall).
6) Is this concealer from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics the greatest ever? Yes, yes it is. (Comes in a wide range of skin tones.)
7) The CEO of Microsoft offered working women some excellent advice on asking for a raise: don’t. He seems to think that if women just trust the system, call upon their good kharma and make a wish upon a star, they’ll be rewarded with a larger salary. The Washington Post explains why that’s bulls**t. And Forbes has some tips on how to ask for a raise the right way.
9) Thinking about going to law school? It is not a decision to take lightly. This bubble-chart compiles some of the best advice from well-known books geared to prospective law students and turns it into a list of informative Q&As.
11) Eric Schmidt offers nine rules for using e-mail that are brilliantly simple. Now, to go tackle my inboxes…
12) Haven’t used the Shopbop 25%-off code yet? How about these super-warm Plush fleece-lined tights? (In black, navy or grey.) I bought two pair.