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Over the weekend, Phil and I spent some time with my folks on Amelia Island, Florida.   We had a much needed break from the Seattle rain hanging out with my parents, relaxing on the beach, and eating great food.  What could be better than mom’s cooking, bottomless sweet tea, and east coast seafood?

Not much.

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There’s a lot of buzz about Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In and I’ve been curious about her perspective on women’s issues for a few weeks now.  I took her book with me as my beach reading for the trip and have been inspired by her work.  I’m nearly finished with the book but I really appreciate her perspective on the barriers women create for themselves with regard to their success.  In her book, she acknowledges the external factors that keep women from succeeding in the work force, but as a psychology grad I find her thoughts on how women hold themselves back the most intriguing.  She writes: “In addition to the external barriers erected by society, women are hindered by barriers that exist within ourselves.  We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.” (Sandberg, 8).

I strongly recommend her book.  Beach optional.

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2 Responses to visiting my parents on amelia island

  1. Jen says:

    Loved the book! And the pics.. next time, call me! ;)

  2. Ginger says:

    So glad you got a good visit in with your parents! We were actually down in Valdosta the weekend before for my grandmother’s funeral. AND, while we were down there, we were talking over the outside chance that we might be able to find a house to rent on Amelia Island for a week in August. I’m sure everything good is booked up but it might be worth a shot. Do you happen to know what real estate agency y’all went through?

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