It’s that time of year when “best of” lists start making the rounds. I love reviewing what others choose and why, and welcome the invitation to stop, reflect on 2017, and pay attention to what made a difference to me. Here are some practices, thoughts, books, and tech that shaped and challenged me this year. Look for more Founder Faves in the coming weeks. – Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season, Beth Kawasaki and the ReBoot Accel Team
Due to the many natural and human-made crises’, and relentless media coverage thereof, I admit, this year was challenging for me. I struggled to stay centered, focused on the right priorities, and kind; so I began a ritual of rising at 5:30 am and tuning into a YouTube meditation. Before this sounds too Woo Woo for you, picture a prime-aged woman sitting on the floor in her terry robe, Bose earbuds in, connected to her I-phone, accessorized with an eye-mask. Truly a sight for no eyes. Yet starting each morning with an all-framework-friendly daily examen helps me revisit the joys and regrets of the last 24 hours and better prepare for the people and projects of the day ahead.
Need more on mindfulness? Read this transformative blog post, Declaring Every Month Mindfulness Month, by ReBoot Accel alumnae Manuela Mischke-Reeds, MA, and MFT. Includes a Sky Meditation exercise to de-stress your holiday season.
I am a sucker for kick-ass quotes of all kinds. In reviewing blog posts for a #GivingTuesday social media schedule on our Facebook page, I came across these from Sue Johnson, a career returner, ReBoot Accel alumnae, and Director of LiveAble, a program serving young career-motivated single moms from resource-challenged communities in the Bay Area. These quotes from Sue help me remain married to my mission.
I long to live in a society where all individuals have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
When your work intersects with your personal values or interest, your contribution transcends beyond the workday. Therefore your value proposition to an organization is huge!
Want to hear more from Sue and other ReBoot Accel alumnae making a difference in their communities?
- Women Helping Women. Sue Johnson of LiveAble on Receiving & Paying it Forward
- Dress for Success’ Jill Norman on the Soul-Full Rewards of Helping Women Thrive
- ReBoot with Impact
Mind Moving Books.
To entertain my brain while getting my 10,000 steps in, I started listening to memoirs on Audible this year. My #1 and #2 are a toss up between Marcus Samuelson’s Yes Chef, A Memoir and Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.
Both speak to pressing “isms” of the day, celebrate human dignity and diversities, and chronicle the stories of two creative geniuses overcoming tremendous obstacles on the way to contributing their unique gifts to the world. They are also read by the authors, a criterion in my Audible book selection process.
Looking for other literary endorsements? Check these lists out. Specially curated for women returning to their careers.
- Six Summer Sizzlers for Returners: What We are Reading Now
- Making Time for What Matters Most. A Book Review of Cal Newport’s Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World.
- And the classic: Returning to Work? Here’s Your Required Summer Reading List
Yes, you guessed it. I’ve been glued to my I-phone, Audible, and Bose earbuds in 2017. The latter, a gift from my sons, this time, last year. With no hesitation I can say that this tech trifecta has benefited my mind, body, and soul with ready access to quality content when and where I want it; and, control over my working or traveling environment. Nothing says, “I prefer focus please,” like a pair of buds to protect one’s personal space.
Earbuds or not, I wish for you moments of peace and reflection this season. What are the practices, thoughts, books, and tech that made a difference in your life and career aspirations this year? We’d love to hear from you. Comment below or email us at [email protected]
In closing, I share my #1 talent acquisition and workplace diversities quote of 2017. From Marcus Samuelsson’s memoir, Yes Chef.
“When I had my own restaurant someday, I thought, I would never rule out someone based on race, or sex, or nationality. I wouldn’t do it because it was egalitarian. I’d do it because cutting out people meant cutting off talent and opportunity. People who would bring more to the table than I could ever imagine.”
– Marcus Samuelsson
Are you considering a return to or pivot of your career in 2018? Or increasing your commitment to a cause or side-hustle? Join us on January 20th in Silicon Valley for a New Year’s “Discover Your Why” workshop with Nathan Gold and Kristin Link. A great gift for yourself, a friend, and all proceeds fund the 2018 ReBoot Accel SV Scholarship Fund. Get clear on your 2018 “Why” and pay it forward at the same time. All info here.