Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership.
Ask most women whether they have the right to equality at work and the answer will be a resounding yes, but ask the same women whether they’d feel confident asking for a raise, a promotion, or equal pay, and some reticence creeps in.
The statistics, although an improvement on previous decades, are certainly not in women’s favour – of 197 heads of state, only twenty-two are women. Women hold just 20 percent of seats in parliaments globally, and in the world of big business, a meagre eighteen of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women.
In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world’s most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.
My View (no spoilers)
When I was putting together my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days I needed inspiration from my friends. I asked on my Facebook page for suggestions and got a few really good ones (some not-so-good but we don’t need to go into that 😀 )
My great friend Julia almost at once suggested that I should make and decorate my own Christmas cake. I jumped at this challenge because I have never made a Christmas Cake before and have always wanted to. It would also form part of the 10 new recipes and although I didn’t look forward to the icing (I confess, I am not very creative) I thought it would be a fun challenge, particularly when my friend said we should ice our cakes together the week before Christmas! How Christmassy is that?!?
The idea behind 100 Happy Days is simple. Take a photo or find an image of something that makes you happy for 100 days in a row. The idea is simple but sometimes the challenge is hard.
OK I admit that often I am posting a day late, I told that I am rubbish at taking photos, getting better though.
Two-fifths of the way through I have had a few adventures. Here’s a link to my first 20 days and here is a rundown of days 20-40.
I can’t believe that I am 10% through my challenge in just over a month. Actually, I can, the last time I attempted a 101in1001 challenge I did exactly the same.
I ticked the one-off challenges quite quickly, pottered along with the midrange ones and then ground to halt near the end.
The idea behind 101in1001 is easy, set yourself 101 challenges to complete in 1001 days, they can be big / small / anything at all.
You can read my list of things to try and accomplish before July 2020 here. here.
So… My first ten challenges are listed below – it is going to get an awful lot tougher from now on…
The clock strikes twelve. Beneath the wind and the remorseless tolling of the bell, no one can hear the scream . . .
1912. A Sussex churchyard. Villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will not survive the coming year are thought to walk. And in the shadows, a woman lies dead.
As the flood waters rise, Connie Gifford is marooned in a decaying house with her increasingly tormented father. He drinks to escape the past, but an accident has robbed her of her most significant childhood memories. Until the disturbance at the church awakens fragments of those vanished years . . .
My View (no spoilers)
Ten years ago, to give up alcohol for a month would have been impossible. Little Miss Partygirl.
Now, I drink a lot less and I don’t drink at home now, only at social occasions.
Social occasions are few and far between now as well. We are all so so busy, even the notorious Bubbly club hasn’t had a meeting for a long time due to our hectic schedules.