Four Things For Friday


Each Friday, I’ll share “Four Things For Friday” that are a collection of things I’ve seen, heard, or experienced during the week. They’ll be thoughtfully chosen, and my intention for sharing them with you is that you might find something that sparks your curiosity, imagination, or inspiration. HAPPY EXPLORING!

What am I reading?
The War For Kindness by Jamil Zaki

How empathy and kindness are the real superpowers, and how the world is progressively losing its empathetic capability. I’m still reading the book so we’ll see where it ends, but so far I’m encouraged on my journey of kindness, thoughtfulness, care, compassion, love, delight, and wonder. Here’s a book demonstrating scientifically and artfully that it’s not a nice-to-have, it’s critical to our survival.


What am I eating?
The summer is here and I can’t stop making and eating chicken salad! Chicken breast sprinkled with poultry seasoning and curry spices, then drizzled with olive oil and baked at 380oF for 25 mins. Meanwhile, I tear up butterhead and iceberg lettuce, arugula, mint, parsley, and cilantro, chop up peppers and olives, and mix together with olive oil or salad dressing - Brianna’s is my favorite. Then slice the chicken breast, cool, and pop on top of the salad. Cannot eat this enough.. and heads up to anyone visiting me, we’ll be having this for lunch or dinner too. P.S. It goes very well with a glass of Out East rosé!


What am I listening to?
The Startup Therapy podcast. I’m 4 years into startup life after 16 years of corporate and ‘working for someone else’ life. I’ve learned more things than I can list here (I’ll share more of that another time!). However, I’m increasingly concerned at the perceived glamour around entrepreneurship, so it’s refreshing to find this podcast. “The "No BS" version of how startups are really built, taught by actual startup Founders who have lived through all of it.” I’ve experienced a number of the topics discussed and they can be very real and very ugly at times, so it’s a great reminder that you’re not wading through the mud on your own.


My one word this week?
Kindness. This word just keeps coming up over and over this week. We need more kindness. My mind has been thinking how I can be kinder to myself, to others, and how can Birch Cove can bring more kindness into the world.

Thanks to Creative Mornings, I went to hear the founder of GIPHY, Alex Chung, speak today. In celebration of that I had to share one with you. More insights on this morning’s session to come.