Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: August 23, 2017


1) Why ‘selling out’ in your career isn’t always a bad thing. (Refinery29)

2) This embroidered LOFT cardigan is perfect for summer-to-fall workwear.

3) Martha Stewart explains ‘how to get it done.’ (The Cut)

4) Old Navy Musts: A casual Friday dress, a $14 striped tee, a good denim jacket.

5) How to organize your refrigerator. (Real Simple)

6) It’s almost boot season!!! These Marc Fisher velvet booties are on my list.

7) Workplace actions that make a bad feminist, but a good employee. (The Financial Diet)

8) This Rebecca Taylor suit looks high-fashion, but this pinstripe is more versatile.

9) 17 Nail Trends You Can Wear Now. (Glamour)

10) Baublebar’s 50%-off sale includes these cool ear crawlers and this Yurman knockoff.

11) Why are we assuming women bully other women at work? (Motto)

12) My beloved Harry Josh blowdryer is on sale. I bought a backup.


What I’m Getting My Brother. A trailer hitch hammock.  Oh yeah.

What I’m Intrigued By. Why does the tech industry hire “design ethicists?”

What Blew Me Away. Whose dorm rooms looked like this?  Seriously!

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  1. Anna says:

    After nine years on the Hill, I’m totally ready to sell out. I’ve realized that I really need a better work-life balance and higher pay, and I’m willing to work an uninspiring job to get those things. It’s become increasingly frustrating that my current job leaves me with little free time to develop other hobbies, even some that could become a side hustle to supplement the low income. And I’ve started to value travel and flexibility a lot more. I would even consider making about the same or just slightly more in a job that allowed for better hours and wasn’t as all-consuming as working in politics.

    August 23, 2017/Reply
    • N says:


      I did that over a year ago and it was the best decision I ever made. I lost nearly 20 pounds since I was able to form healthy eating habits and stick to a consistent gym schedule (8 hour workdays- yes, they exist!). I don’t feel that I sold out though. What I was doing was still inspiring and positively impacted military members and their families. It is so nice to come home and have time to do things during the week and realize a whole life exists outside of the workplace.

      August 24, 2017/Reply
  2. Abbie says:

    It’s always been interesting to me that some consider finding a good career with a steady paycheck to be “selling out.” I understand that many prefer a less traditional route where they can pursue their goals, which I sincerely think is great, but to me (especially coming from a family that lacks financial stability) I want a job that has a steady paycheck, insurance, and a group of coworkers I like. I highly value stability and am perfectly content elevating that value over others.

    August 23, 2017/Reply
  3. KLC says:

    I’ve found my life passion in public health, where I make very little money, but am incredibly happy with my career. However, with my friends who have found careers in consulting and make 2x-3x’s what I make. I have never considered them “selling out”, just in other avenues of the profession. Maybe it’s the millennial in me, but life is just too short to be anything but happy.If that’s working consulting, fantastic. Mine is in public health.

    August 23, 2017/Reply
  4. SC says:

    Google “Ole Miss dorm room” — now those are ?!?!?! dorm rooms.

    August 23, 2017/Reply
    • Shanghai says:

      I went to Ole Miss. The competition for most glam dorm was crazy even when I was there in the mid 2000s…and it’s only gotten more intense. Matching custom headboards, custom wall art (usually some variation on the two roommates’ initials) and matching footstools were just the table stakes.

      August 23, 2017/Reply
  5. SLG says:

    I work in the tech industry and I can go on for hours about why people hire design ethicists.

    In the tech industry in particular, “design” increasingly refers to a very broad set of work, including things like deciding what what your Facebook feed should show you and when, or how the AirBnB app should respond when someone leaves a racist review of a host. The consequences of design decisions like this have huge — and often unintended — consequences for people’s very real lives, and the tech/design industry is taking those ethical considerations increasingly seriously. Hence the need for design ethicists to provide guidance and point out potential problem areas to teams who are moving so fast they might not always think about those things.

    And yes, everyone should be fully aware of the ethical consequences of their actions. A design ethicist just helps them become more so, and points out things they may not have thought of on their own.

    August 23, 2017/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I thought it was really neat, and encouraging, that there are people thinking about these things.

      August 23, 2017/Reply
      • SLG says:

        I’m really encouraged too — and the work they’re doing is fascinating. I hope to do more of it myself 🙂

        August 23, 2017/Reply
  6. Monica T says:

    Re: # 7. I feel like this is the kind of feminism that says we have to act like “men” in the workplace to get our due, and I strongly disagree. All people should apologize when they’re wrong, all people should ask for help when they need it, and all people should help out where they can with what they’re good at. Saying that women shouldn’t do these things because “feminism” is all kinds of backwards. It’s just that men should also do these things. My left hand man was great at being a social secretary, planning birthday lunches stuff like that. He used to bring me my breakfast on the days my work provided a spread. When he went on paternity leave I seriously didn’t get myself breakfast for a month because I kind of suck at these things. When he left the company recently, we had a last minute going away lunch with me and his boss because I suck at planning these things. He was fine with it and gave me more credit than I was due for planning something he’d like, but the reality is he was good at these things and I am not. So all I’m saying is, feminism is about me being able to be myself, and him being able to be himself. We all win.

    August 23, 2017/Reply
  7. C says:

    The trailer hitch hammock is an amazing gift idea. I am HORRIBLE at buying gifts for my brother. He is outdoor-sy (I am not), I have never been inside of a Dick’s or Bass Pro Shop. Anyway, I’m going to win Christmas with this gift!

    August 23, 2017/Reply