zucchini: a love affair

I love zucchini-- it's probably my favorite vegetable and I'm still a little disappointed the zucchini I planted a couple of summers ago never worked out. For whatever reason we very rarely have great produce at any of our grocery stores, but anytime I see zucchini that looks good I scoop a few up.

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A Few of my Favorite Things to See in DC

I think most people would agree that one of the greatest things about DC is the abundance of history that's at your fingertips-- and usually for free. I don't go down to the mall nearly as much as I'd like, but these are three of my favorite places to visit-- whether it's a quick walk through or an entire afternoon. I love that you can go see one or two things, and then move on to another museum or something else without feeling like you're not getting your money's worth.

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How To Have A Good Day

TGIF! With the long weekend last week, and a snow day to extend it an extra day, this was a really short week and I'm so happy it's Friday again-- and even more excited that it's supposed to be 60 degrees tomorrow! I'm so excited to finally share my review of How to Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb.

I'm not sure exactly what it was that pulled me into this book when I saw it on the Blogging for Books webpage, but who doesn't want to have a good day? I did a little bit of research on the book and the author before taking a chance on it and requesting it to review because self improvement type books can definitely be hit or miss. *Blogging For Books sent me this book in exchange for an honest review*

How to Have a Good Day is the perfect balance of Caroline Webb's personal stories and experience mixed with science and facts-- she refers to this as science, steps, and stories. If you're at all interested in behavioral science this book is for you-- actually I think it's a great book for everyone to read. A large part of the book focuses on work life-- heavily on corporate careers, but also is applicable for every day life regardless of your job title. So much of the book is about how you can make these principles apply to your day.

The book is split into seven different parts, along with an introduction on the science essentials, and an appendix full of further information. Webb focuses on priorities, productivity, relationships, thinking, influence, resilience, and energy. While it's hard to choose, the sections on priorities, productivity, and thinking were my favorites. The relationships section gave so many good examples and framework for positive reframing when working with colleagues when there is a lot of tension- and put some facts to back up what seems pretty obvious most of the time-- if you're around people in a bad mood, it's likely their bad mood will rub off on you.

Overall, I see myself going back to this book quite often-- I love the practical advice and even more that it's backed up by scientific findings that are relatable and make sense. As you can see in the photo above, I had dozens of page tabs and so many notes scribbled in the margins.

Frame your day in a positive way: ask yourself what three things would make today great? 

In the part on resilience, the power of asking yourself the above question came up, and it's something I'm trying to incorporate into every day-- whether it's a lazy Saturday or a Monday where I need to be extra productive.

What books have you read and loved recently?
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