Monday, May 27, 2013

5 2013 Beach Essentials

Counting down til our first beach trip this summer next week!  Here are 5 2013 hot finds I'm loving this year...
Just add SPF and I'm ready to go :)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Career Advice from Lean In

My latest nook read comes from Facebooks COO Sheryl Sandburg, Lean In. 

Her book started with a Ted talk and turned into a must read for all the power women of the twenty first century.  The basis of the teachings throughout the book focused on why women are not in more leadership roles and what we as women can do about it. 

I loved this explanation, where Sheryl writes, "If a woman is competent, she does not seem nice enough. If a woman seems really nice, she's considered more nice than competent. Since people want to hire and promote those who are both competent and nice, this creates a huge stumbling block for women."  Elaborating on this point, Sheryl says, "We expect people to adhere to stereotypes... The stereotype of men is: leadership qualities. Leader, decisive, going to make things happen. The stereotype of women are communal qualities, caregiving and sensitive. Because we expect those qualities to be in opposition to each other, it means when a woman does anything other than be nice first, she's judged badly."  I have thought this in the past, but never been able to put it into words....

There were a endless empowering stories and teaching moments in the book, but here are my favorite three points Sheryl made:

1.  Don't leave before you leave.

This keynote refers to Sandberg’s observation that many women tend to “quietly lean back” way before it’s time, worrying about how they will manage family and work commitments sometimes years before the issue is relevant. I know I have been guilty of this and not only am I not a mother, I'm not pregnant, I'm not a wife, and I'm not even engaged.....on more than one occasion I have leaned back thinking, "do I really want that much responsibility?"  and "will I be able to handle this much responsibility when I have a family of my own?"  I need to deal with those problems when they get here, until then, the petal is down and I'm moving forward. 

2. Be more open to taking career risks.

Women tend to avoid stretch assignments and new challenges on the job, Sandberg says. They worry too much about whether they have the skills needed to take on a new, loftier role.  When offered an opportunity, they fall back on the excuse that they’re unfamiliar with that kind of work or it isn’t what they went to school for.  “At a certain point, it’s your ability to learn quickly and contribute quickly that matters, women need to shift from thinking ‘I’m not ready to do that’ to thinking ‘I want to do that — and I’ll learn by doing it.’

3.  Visualize your career as a jungle gym, not a ladder.

This is my favorite of Sandberg’s tips. (Maybe that’s because when I was growing up I loved playing on the jungle gym at school, or maybe because it applies perfectly to my career thus far...)

To me, it’s a great image of the 21st-century career path. “Ladders are limiting,” Sandberg writes. “Jungle gyms offer more creative exploration. There are many ways to get to the top of a jungle gym. The ability to forge a unique path with occasional dips, detours and even dead ends presents a better chance for fulfillment.”

In my career, I have had an opportunity in operations management in manufacturing, helped to lead a multi-billion dollar start-up, and now am working in quality at a world leading supply chain organization.  If you would have asked me in college what my path would be or my goals were, this would probably not be what I had envisioned, but I couldn't be more thankful for my wide array of experience.  I am much more marketable now and have quite a bit of relatable experience for several business sectors at my company.  The jungle gym approach has opened doors I didn't even know were there, and some I haven't even knocked on yet.

Have you read the book?  What are your thoughts on Sheryl?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

First of all, I'm loving that it is WEDNESDAY!  It has been a long week working all day and working at the house all night.  Half way there :)
I'm loving that this weekend marks the un-official start to summer.  I love holidays and I love America, so let's get the summer party started.
Memorial Day weekend also kicks off swimming pool season.  While I may not quite be ready to rock a bikini, I am ready to get my tan on at the downtown YMCA pool.  Mark your calendars, it opens Friday at 10am.

Another summer love of mine is the grill!  I'm loving the grill on the new back porch, and I can't wait to break it in this weekend.

I LOVE the beach.  Period.  Love is kinda an understatement.  Since I recently started a new job, I don't have many vacation days this year, but I am trying to squeeze a couple long weekend trips to the beach in this summer.  HELLO GULF COAST!
I love baseball games in the summer time.  The Nashville Sounds host a home stand this weekend, and I'm hoping to catch a game or two.  (Monday day game, sign me up!)
I'm loving sweet baby Tucker.  The big move has been rough on this little guy, but he is starting to adjust.  This pic was just too cute not to share.
Excuse the wrong orientation, blogger isn't working with me today....  I'm loving this find at Home Depot.  I rented this little carpet cleaner for $20 last weekend to give our living room rug a nice wash before bringing it to the new house.  You can rent all kinds of tools from Home Depot...who knew?
What are you loving this holiday week?

Friday, May 17, 2013

5 Things on Friday

Happy Friday all!  What an exciting week?!?!?
Here are 5 things on my mind today....
1. Grit and Grind...So proud of the Grindfather and the Memphis Grizz on their path to the championship!  JK has watched the Grizz for as long as I can remember, and it's so fun for one of his teams to actually be competitive for a championship!
2. H&M has set a Nashville date.....June 6th!  Mark your calendar for this new Opry Mills hot spot!
3.  A few of my fellow new members of the Nashville Junior League are starting a Girls Bunko Group!  I can't wait for this monthly event to kick off in June, and I'm pumped that we are all going to keep in contact once our provisional year is over.
4.  I got my Junior League volunteer placement, Renewal House.  Stay tuned on this topic.  I can't wait to share more about my specific involvement with this incredible non profit.
5.  My weekend will be spent packing and moving, before I forget, thanks mom, dad, and JK for all of your help!

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Most Amazing Nashville Photobooth! Shutterbooth Nashville

The great people with Shutterbooth Nashville generously donated their services to the Junior League Gala, and it really took the party to the next level :)  My friends and I were in and out of the booth all night on more than one occasion!  There were plenty of copies of all of our vogue moments for everyone to take home.  I loved the classic feel of the photo booth and the quality of the prints were phenomenal. 

You must book Shutterbooth Nashville at your next party or event!

Tell them SweetHomeNashville sent ya...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

First Home :) Closing Day

So buying a house is not quite like HGTV would like you to believe....

After viewing hundreds of Nashville homes online, walking through dozens of houses, offers on 3 different houses, and contracts accepted on 2, and one home making it through the trying process, I finally have a house to call my own!  I will say everything did work out for the best.  This one is the perfect fit for me, and I'm so glad the others fell through the cracks.  It has almost everything I wanted...front porch, charming old renovated home in the city, hardwoods, yard, and open floor plan.

I closed yesterday.

I can't wait to start this next chapter!

Check out this cute little East Nashville cottage :)  Complete reno, built in 1925.


Master Bedroom

Master Bath


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tour Guide Tuesday: Yazoo and Our Kids


Do you love Yazoo beer?  How about Puckett's BBQ?  All while supporting a great charity?

Sign Me Up!

Our Kids provides medical evaluation and crisis counseling for children and families struggling with sexual abuse
Tuesday June 4th, Yazoo is hosting a fundraiser for Our Kids from 5:30-7:30.  Your ticket includes 2 pints of world famous Yazoo beer and a BBQ dinner from the legendary Puckett's BBQ.
$25 per person ($30 at the door)
$45 per couple ($50 at the door)
$150 per group of 8 ($180 at the door)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Meeting the New Neighbors!

Since I'm moving into my first house soon, I'm thinking a small welcome gift to meet the neighbors will be in store.  I don't want anything too over the top, just want to make sure we all get off on the right foot :)   This may be a little old school, but I think there is something special about knowing, meeting and be-friending neighbors.


As the new neighbor, how did you meet the other people on your block?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tour Guide Tuesday: Sky Blue Cafe (as seen on Nashville!)

Sky Blue cafe is tucked in the corner of a homey east Nashville neighborhood.  Right off Fatherland, this brunch hot spot features a no-frills menu, starring an all-American breakfast.  There is usually a line, so get there early, or enjoy the scenery while you's worth it, I promise!  They also serve dinner, and I just scored a groupon, I can't wait to try it!