In Greek mythology, Lachesis (lack-eh-sis) allots each of us a length of thread to weave with as we will. This hybrid collection of short essays and screenplay explores the nature of friendship and our relationships with the people in our lives over time.
From the friendships we form in childhood to the adult friendships we form with our parents—even after they’re gone — this work weaves together memory, meditations on making our dreams a reality, and the evolving nature of our connections as we knot our strands together or unravel the knitting we’ve achieved.
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so here are some books I’ve read and interviews I've done over the years
I'M A BIG BELIEVER IN CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT
that have helped me get crystal clear about the life I want to live, the connections I want to have, and the person I want to be
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This beautiful memoir tells the story of Paul Kalanithi, a brilliant surgeon who, after a routine doctor's visit, learns he only has months to live. Kalanithi blends his medical knowledge with his passion for writing to offer a heartbreaking reflection on life, dreams deferred, and hope in the face of the inevitable pain. Yeah we all know that life is a gift and that we should live each day like it’s our last—Kalanithi provides an example of what to do when it actually is.
My mentors gifted this book to me while I was in high school and it’s one that I revisit often. Viktor Frankl offers a firsthand account of living in concentration camps during the Holocaust and offers insight into the power of the human mind in the face of human monstrosities. Given the topic, the book runs the risk of falling into the honky-dory “everything will be okay if you just believe” trap, but Frankl offers realistic takeaways that can be applied to virtually any situation by virtually everyone.
How often have you held back your emotions to make other people feel comfortable? How often have you asked other people to hold back theirs so you do? Using anecdotal tales and quantifiable research Soraya Chemaly explores all the ways in which anger is a powerful tool to living authentic lives, regardless of what those around us would like us to think.
Milan and Kay Yerkovich offer a fascinating look into the ways our childhoods set the stage for how we experience and create love in our adult lives. The book was like holding up a mirror to myself that forced me to see some uncomfortable Truths about the stories I’ve been told by others and the stories I’ve told myself. The biggest takeaway? You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can control what you do with it.
You know when you know for a fact that someone has done or said something, but they try to convince you otherwise? That’s called gaslighting and the therapist who coined the term, Robin Stern, provides concrete ways to recognize and combat the tactic. This is critical reading to help you navigate the personal and professional relationships in your life.
For as much as we like to talk, doing so effectively takes work and Susan Scott offers some ways to make it easier. Grounded on seven principles including "Master the Courage to Interrogate Reality,” "Obey Your Instincts," and my personal favorite, "Let Silence Do the Heavy Lifting," Scott provides concrete strategies to improve the relationships in your life one conversation at a time.
LISTEN IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO REMEMBER THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PERCEPTION AND REALITY
In this episode I talk with Kelley about being real and vulnerable and how it starts with ourselves. We talk about the social media highlight reel and how we all have a choice in the content we consume and what we consider to be #goals.
So you have graduated! Or gotten the promotion, or entered the relationship, or reached whatever goal you set for yourself! ... Now what? Is it everything you dreamed it would be? Is something missing? Here's how to determine if you really need to move on or if you're just dealing with Shiny Object Syndrome.
LISTEN IF YOU ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU SHOULD STAY WHERE YOU ARE OR PIVOT
LISTEN IF YOU ARE TRYING TO SILENCE THAT LITTLE VOICE
OF DOUBT IN YOUR MIND
I talk about imposter syndrome (i.e., the feeling that maybe you’re not good enough, qualified, or worthy of where you are), my experiences with it in nearly all phases of my life, and the three steps I take to overcome it.