Posts on Dec 2017

December Book Review: The Big Life

When Sheryl Sandberg’s revolutionary book was published in 2013, it didn’t take long for “Lean In” to become a familiar and endeared household term. As a millennial, reading the book between college and the real world, I was deeply moved by it, but also found myself taking mental notes to return to certain sections in 3, 5, 10 years. Balancing children and work? Sharing equal responsibility with my partner for effectively running a household? I understood the merit and value of beginning to think about this, but wasn’t yet in a place where it felt applicable to my daily life.

In contrast, after reading Ann Shoket’s “The Big Life: Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the Badass Babe You Were Meant to Be” I felt myself relating to nearly every anecdote, passage or pro tip. The book explores the key principles of leadership, confidence-building and calculated risk taking, through a millennial lens. Shoket dives into the transection of modern dating, debunking millennial stereotypes, and honing in on your X factor in a connected world. A key portion of the research in the book focuses on anecdotes gathered from the author’s dinner parties, … Read more and comment