Awhile back, I shared an excellent icebreaker I learned from an executive MBA program I took: tell your story in three words.
How would you tell your story in three words right now?
In late May 2019, just a few days before my son was born, I shared two candidates for myself:
“Devoted // creative // in ascent.“
“Blooming // rooted // loved.“
I was surprised to find that I feel both narratives still fit comfortably, even two years later, in the midst of a pandemic, with a second move in NYC under my belt and an imminent relocation to Washington D.C. on the horizon–all with a second child now-ensconced in my life forever. Proof-positive, I suppose, that my mid-late 30s have been a time of settling-in, of breaking in the leather, of leaning into a groove.
What about you? How would you tell your story in three words?
+I loved your answers to these icebreakers, too.
+Pressure is a choice. (Man, do I need to re-read this periodically.)
+A major shift in my development as a reader: “That evening, as with countless others to come, I took comfort in the escape of fiction, but something had changed. I now saw a disparity, a widening gulf. I felt that I had seen something in real life that could never be approximated on a page, that would be illicit or impossible in the world of fiction. I realized, for the first time, that whereas I had formerly seen the magical worlds of Ann and Nancy and Laura as greater than my own, the “right arrow” in the equation had flipped: I now saw my own experience outsizing theirs.”
+If you are a nursing mother (or expecting mother), the absolute best nursing bras I found are currently 30% off. I loved these because they were so, so comfortable (soft and non-constricting) and thick/absorbent for the inevitable leaks (yikes). Cannot recommend enough.
+Just the prettiest puzzle. It also looks close to impossible because of all of that white space!
+This strawberry-embellished tote is too cute — comes in a mini size for little ones, too!
+These under-$15 jellies for little loves remind me of more-expensive Mini Melissa styles!
+This ultra-pretty top is part of a collaboration with high-end designer Erdem. Swooning!
+These block-printed, smocked dresses for littles are breathtaking. Amazing for a special occasion or family portrait. Meanwhile, this $35 everyday dress has been a bestseller among Magpies the last few weeks.
+It’s been a minute since I bought a new coffee table book. This one looks stunning.
+Eyeing a pair of these wide-leg linen pants for summer in white for a Nancy Meyers moment while we’re in the Hamptons.