Friday Reading: Part 7

I'm beginning to think of paint colours for the hallway.  With bold colours (which is our plan) in the living and dining rooms, I wanted something more neutral like grey.  However, the cool grey from the condo is way to sterile and cold for this house.  I want something warm and sophisticated, without looking old and dirty.  So basically, this means some yellow but not too much.  I'll be working on the hall quite a bit over the next month and, once Corey finishes a little more electrical, I can start painting rooms and you'll really see a transformation.  By the way, I couldn't resist, so please insert 50 Shades of Grey joke here.

Warning: The next paragraphs contain self-reflection.

Am I leaning in enough?  Who knows, but I have been very focused on my career and goals the past couple of years so perhaps I have.  It's been challenging, but I've been building a great business with very genuine client relationships.  I also obtained my Broker's licence while Corey and I were working hard to get out of the condo and into a house.  We are now working hard to further our careers while renovating our little house and I feel like we're finally getting all the things we've been working towards.  I've also found myself exceeding my own expectations and becoming more like the woman I want to be.  I'm not saying this to brag (although I am honestly very proud of it.) but more to share. 

I found myself in a leadership role in my condo as President of the Board of Directors and I was able to help transform the building into something really good.  Recently, I was appointed to an exciting and prestigious position serving on the Toronto Real Estate Board's Government Relations Committee.  Not only will this give me a chance to make a difference in my industry, but it will give me a new perspective and more experience to draw from in the future.

I've been reflecting lately on how this all happened for us and I can pinpoint two things that have helped to bring me here.  First, Corey and I write down our goals and we deliberately make time to reflect on our progress.  We're not perfect or robotic about it, but we check in on each other to ensure that we're staying on track.

The second thing that has helped force me to grow is that I always make an effort to choose the scarier option.  Each time there is a fork in the road, I want to lean towards the safer choice, but I've been making a conscious effort to choose the scary thing more often than not, and it's been good for me.  If you don't do this already, try it sometime!

... Which brings me to my first link, which ties in nicely: Successful People Start Before They Feel Ready

Now for something light.  This girl is hilarious and her Matt Damon Story had me slapping my thigh and guffawing.

I always take notice when someone has a visually pleasing resume.

20 Things to Let Go of to Live a Happy Life.  I'm working on 10, 12 and 19.

I think Nina Conti is one of the funniest women in the world at the moment.  Check out this link:

The science geek in me loves reading about these long-term experiments.

Most of us have fantasized about just moving to the other side of the globe, but imagine raising your children in a drastically different culture?  I love this honest series about parenting in other countries.

This makes me believe that zombies could be real...

Have you ever had one of those nights?

This video about wealth in the US has been making the rounds for a while.  It's scary stuff:

Hilarious response to a sarcastic Facebook comment.
Have an amazing weekend, everyone!

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