#giveyouabreak

It's okay to eat lunch alone

Maybe you've heard of that book, Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success. I very much dislike when people offer it up as great career advice. The book is decent, but it too often gets way oversimplified.

Protestations:

  1. Quiet, thoughtful leaders are finally getting due credit; I'm pretty sure they eat lunch alone at least once a week. I'm so grateful for Susan Cain, the important work she did writing Quiet, and the "Quiet Revolution" she has started. She and others in her cause have taken the idea that you have to be extraverted and on all the time to be successful in business/life, and turned it on its ear. 

  2. You can do productive, career-enhancing things by eating lunch alone. Meditate to prime your mind for second half of your day, storyboard, collect your thoughts.

  3. As a solopreneur, I sometimes forget to eat lunch at all. With all these fantastic digital products and  tools, I can leverage my time and energies really well. However, it does mean that I'm doing everything by myself, meaning I don't always have time to step away.

Whether you eat with someone or not, re-frame your lunch time as time spent cultivating — whether that be internally or externally. So, eat lunch alone sometimes! It'll all come out in the wash. 

End rant. 

Permission to veg out

Embarrassing: Last week, I discovered a charming corgi on YouTube. I watched him eat vegetables, hide under his bed, and hop around like a bunny for... 6 hours over the course of 3 days. I'm not going to link you, to save you from yourself.

Last month, it was Kate McKinnon interviews, while my eyeballs became shining, candy red hearts.

Depressing: Recently, I spent probably 12 hours in one week on a total political junk food binge. I'm talking absolute trash on CNN and Fox News (I was trying to be... balanced?) There's a lot out there right now. Long ago, I also would binge watchHoarders on TLC because I was really sad but they seemed sadder.

There. I've aired my guilty pleasures. I know people who binge watch Christopher Nolan films all like, "I'm such a couch potato." No, you're not. That's FILM. Art. But is even this person immune to phases of vegging out?

I should say though, yesterday I worked a 12 hour day. And just like there is space for crazy workday sprints like that, there is space for getting in touch with what is squirting out the pop culture machine. Your brain gets fried sometimes, #giveyouabreak.

Okay, okay, here's the corgi.