Sheryl Sandberg on why we have too few women leaders

Sheryl Sandberg on why we have too few women leaders

I’m completely inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s TED talk on why we have too few women leaders. She lists some interesting stats, and discusses some common problems that are rarely discussed or even noticed. Her 3 main takeaways for women are to:

1. Sit at the table

2. Make your partner a real partner

3. Don’t leave before you leave.

I’ll be coming back to this talk often.  Thanks, Sheryl Sandberg, for leading the way.

Small changes

I was talking about food this weekend with a lovely man, when he said that eating is a democratic act. I couldn’t agree more. I’ve been thinking a lot about the way I eat and about Sarah Britton’s TED talk to make one small, better change in the way you eat everyday. So yesterday, I started my own sprouts and I’m currently drinking coffee with my own home-made almond milk. And it’s completely delicious. I could get used to this.

I’m looking forward to making more small changes tomorrow.

Sustainable Eating

This weekend, I was exposed to a couple of websites by people who are leading change on sustainable eating through web-based platforms.

The first was The Perennial Plate, which founder, Daniel Klein, describes as a web-documentary series about adventurous and sustainable eating.  They’ve explored everything from eating insects, to seaweed, to cooking completely local meals from Minnesota in the winter.

My New Roots is a blog by the charming Sarah Britton – a self-described holistic nutritionist and vegetarian chef.  And wow, the recipes look amazing.  She has a lovely TED talk about making one change in your diet per day, and also shows you how to make nut milk.  I’m giving this a shot tonight; stay tuned for the results.

These have me really excited about making small and consistent changes in the way I choose to eat; on my birthday this past year (in June), I decided to start eating vegetarian.  This choice was motivated by my desire to resist factory farming, especially after reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals. Since then, I’ve been on an adventure to discover delicious vegetarian recipes.  Next step in the adventure?  Home-made nut milk.  Thanks, Sarah Britton.

 

2013

A new year is upon us again.  I’m really looking forward to 2013.

2012 was a lot of fun.  My highlights were:

  • running in a municipal election for a seat on my district education council (and it was a close race!)
  • turning 30
  • being accepted into 21inc’s 21Leaders program
  • being accepted into a one-day seminar with Seth Godin and 14 other non-profit leaders

I also found Anais Nin’s Risk poem, which I now try to always keep in the back of my mind:

And then the day came,
when the risk
to remain tight
in a bud
was more painful
than the risk
it took
to blossom.

I’m not yet sure what the theme of 2013 will be, but I look forward to looking back around this time in 2014 to finding out.  But in the meantime, I’m off for the adventures of 2013!