Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 56

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.  — Susan B. Anthony

Things That Should Be Obvious. You can’t always control what people think of you.

Festive. Our new Hearth & Hand front door wreath spruces up the place.

Built Up. How to enhance your reputation at work.

Casual and Cozy. Ivory sweater dress + black tights + black booties = chic.

In It to Win It. The M-Dash interviewed yours truly about dressing candidates for the campaign trail.

Simplicity. This $25 H&M sweater and $29 tie-neck blouse are both fab.

It’s Complicated. I Got Married Before I Was Ready.

Winterized. Protect your shoes from snow and salt with this Jason Markk spray.

Upward and Onward. Tips for getting a year-end raise.

Holiday, Celebrate. This velvet Yumi Kim blazer is perfect for dressing up.

Ouch. Why are women’s shoes so painful?

Topped Off. Vince Camuto’s cute tops with buttons, bishop sleeves, and bow details.

Shopaholic. Science has finally explained why you can’t buy just one item at Target.

I’ve been trying to start a new workout routine since August, but I keep losing momentum.  And judging by the content in the Thirtyish #FitClub group, I’m not the only one struggling to stay on track as the holidays approach.

It would be the easiest thing in the world to just wait for the New Year, but why put it off?  So I’m hosting a fitness/weight loss challenge through DietBet.  Here’s how it works.

Players pay $35 + a $5 entry fee into the pot.  Participants cheer each other on in the comments, and weigh ins help track our progress.  At the end of 4 weeks, participants who have lost 4% of their body weight split the pot.  It’s an interesting way to keep participants accountable, because if you meet your goal, you get your money back.

To join the Thirtyish Fit Club Diet Bet, click here.  Participants must be registered and paid up by end of day Thursday, November 8.

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  1. Jess says:

    I met my husband of 17 years my freshman year of college at age 18. We got married two weeks after I turned 20. We recently just had a conversation where I wondered if we would have gotten married if we’d met much later in life like a lot of our friends. Don’t get me wrong, I love him to death, we just are quite a bit different than we were when we were barely in our 20s. He loves the idea that people are made for each other/soul mate, but I think that with a sexual attraction and the willingness to work your butt off, you could probably marry just about anyone if you’re both committed. Sometimes I wonder is it better to marry younger and grow together, or to know yourself longer and then marry older? I truly don’t know, and it’s not like there is a right or wrong. Just fun to think about.

    November 5, 2018/Reply
    • Jules says:

      Reply to @Jess –
      I’m in a similar boat. I met my husband when we were 21 and we have been together ever since, almost 15 years. I got married later than you, but I’ve been with the same partner all of my adult life, basically.

      Both of us joke that if we met each other now, I probably wouldn’t give him the time of day! haha. Not trying to sound flippant (and I love him very much, and can’t see myself with anyone else) – but 21 year old me had much different standards and expectations.

      It’s fun to have a partner with whom I basically ‘grew up’ with, and it’s fun that we have so many memories and mutual friends from college.

      But I also sometimes wonder if I ‘missed out’ on ‘opportunities’ for other ‘soul mates’ from being in a singular relationship for so long. I guess no matter the situation, you always wonder “what if…” on the other side. Though knowing my own personality, I’m glad I met him young, when my standards/desires were more fluid and flexible. I think that as I’ve gotten older, what I need/won’t tolerate has grown both in size and rigidity.

      November 5, 2018/Reply
    • Betsy says:

      My husband and got married when we were both almost 40. I can see the pluses and minuses, but the reality is I was ready to be married to the right man at the right time. My parents married young and have a wonderful marriage and I in hindsight, I think that made me more inclined to wait for something special. Also, I was an immature mess in my 20s that would have for sure gotten divorced.

      Everyone’s different. (What a great insight, right?)

      November 5, 2018/Reply
  2. Ral says:

    Great interview on MM LaFleur – well done!

    November 5, 2018/Reply
  3. Kay says:

    love the m-dash review! i love that your comments were more than a sound bite. really good read. loving the content lately.

    November 5, 2018/Reply