The Shine Theory

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The Shine Theory: Why Powerful Women Make the Best Friends

“When you meet a woman who is intimidatingly witty, stylish, beautiful, and professionally accomplished, befriend her. Surrounding yourself with the best people doesn’t make you look worse by comparison. It makes you better…

I want the strongest, happiest, smartest women in my corner, pushing me to negotiate for more money, telling me to drop men who make me feel bad about myself, and responding to my outfit selfies from a place of love and stylishness, not competition and body-snarking.”

— Ann Friedman, New York Magazine

There is no doubt about it, the women in my life 100% make me better- a better friend, a better partner, a better employee, a better peer, a better goal setter, achiever, more confident, more bold, you name it. And I cannot contain my excitement when I meet someone who inspires me with what badass things they are up to. I just don’t have time or energy for the alternative.

Just Jump In

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I spent a few hours today turning a jump rope for a youth play day and have come to the conclusion that for as much as I love running/spinning/yoga, I am not terribly athletic. It was all I could do to keep my hands turning in coordination (often with a girl literally holding them, trying to guide me) and I am confident that I gave everyone the laugh of their weeks when I tried to jump in. Standing back, watching the double Dutch ropes, um, double Dutch, trying to figure out how to get in between them without a rope smacking me in the head. Bopping forward, taking a big step back, repeatedly. “Just jump in; stop thinkin’ and just jump!” they shouted.

And they were right. So I did.