What is it that they say about opportunity again?

That it favours the prepared right?

I’ve recently concluded on at least one effective mechanism of writing and that is “sometimes just pick a two and an eleven, or a one and a seven, and bish, bash and it’s done” that is to say, mix it up a little.

This week we have that our usual combination of anecdotes and a re-telling of some of our recent reads, but further to this a note I made a few years back mostly directed at myself, but now it seems for Medium consumption. The latter is titled: On Beauty.

Back to it though? This last week I’ve been picking up and putting back down mostly women focussed and penned, auto-biographies by the Sophie Amoruso’s and Mishal Hussain’s; I eventually settled on the book of our modern work-aspirations generation that is Sheryl Sandberg and her Lean In Classic.

Can someone give both author and whoever gave that book it’s key take-home and title a lifetime award for marketing or something?

And me also, semi-ironically not actually at work on this particular work-day but needing to find more reasons to remind my brain that although it is the central complex unit from which all my everyday thoughts and countless actions stem from, it can not go to rest. No, not even today.

Despite my feeling unwell and out-of-it, to be out of office, I still managed to convince myself that I was ultimately still on the clock — the clock of whom I don’t know — and had to still maintain this illusion of non-stop work. Whilst I doubt that I am the only one who tries to maintain this strict lifestyle of never-ending activity, I seem to be the only one complaining about it publicly with plenty of fear and worry that you might consider me somewhat lazy?

I mean in our specifically super productive, digitally connected worlds, everything seems to need to run non-stop. Including us. And in a recent group event in my local community (shout-out to my Nigerian aunties, my love for you is eternal) talk invariably moved into womanhood and the wide sweeping scope of responsibilities women carry, both outside and inside the workplace. Including fitting into ideal expectations of what modern womanhood looks like; slays, hustles, chefs, and ‘works’.

Basically work on all fronts, which can already be a lot to juggle, without considering that work cultures and environments, being such a large part of our lives, can serve to make things all the more demanding when you find that juggling all of these responsibilities begins to clash.

And much like Sheryl Sandberg challenges this in my favourite anecdote in her Lean-in, where she recounts meeting Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee, and their joint conclusion that the nuances of work and womanhood will become a focus as more women take on leadership positions and exert their influence. For me, challenging the status quo on good work ethic as being stress-ridden, can start even from the humble employee who simply asserts a balanced approach to producing their best in the work environment. That is to say, more naps and leg stretches, and fewer lunches sat cramped behind a computer screen.

Okay, maybe not necessarily the napping bit. But you get me?

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