Like a Boss
Not all of us are blessed with an amazing boss that makes us happy to come to work everyday. Instead, some of us have really lousy bosses or people who just don’t motivate us at all. But good news: If you have one of these bosses, you can still motivate yourself. “Employees have more control than they realize over their ability to build and sustain motivation in the workplace,” Heidi Grant Halvorson, a motivational psychologist and author of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently, told The Harvard Business Review. You can do what your boss is supposed to do by identifying what makes you tick and then coming up with the right goals. Get more ideas here.
Times, They Aren’t a Changing
The new film Imitation Game comes out this weekend (yes, more movies than just Mockingjay Part 1 exist right now). It’s the story of Alan Turing, the World War II codebreaker and essentially the father of modern computing who was prosecuted in England in the 1950s for being gay. Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the film along with Keira Knightly, who plays Joan Clarke, a cryptanalyst and codebreaker who worked with Turing and developed a romantic relationship with him, too.
Much of the movie highlights Clarke’s lack of equality with her male counterparts, despite her equal (and maybe more) intelligence. Knightly said of her role as Joan Clarke: “She’s trying to break that glass ceiling, she’s trying to get a place at the table…. I was completely bowled away that we’re dealing with the 1940s, and still the center of the feminist argument today is a place at the table and equal pay, and how depressing it is that it’s exactly the same, but fascinating…. I met Sergey Brin the other day and he said only 20 percent of the employees at Google are women. Yeah, that’s a problem, and it was absolutely on my mind.” Read more about the life of Joan Clarke here and some insights from some modern ladies in tech.
Good news people who were obsessed with Center Stage (and maybe even tried to learn some of the dances when no one was watching). Prima ballerina Misty Copeland is getting her own show on Oxygen tentatively titled The Misty Copeland Project, which will focus on Copland mentoring aspiring dancers. There’s no one in dance more inspirational than Copeland, as she didn’t start ballet until she was 13 years old (which is like 40 in dance world) and was constantly told she had the wrong body for dance )i.e. she was short, had boobs, and muscular legs). Who wouldn’t want to be mentored by this lady? This is why ballet is the new fitness trend.
What to Wear so You Can Eat a Lot
Thanksgiving is less than a week away and like the rest of America, you probably plan on eating a ton (in between Black Friday sales) because that’s pretty much why the Indians and Pilgrims did it, right? But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fashion. Fashionista has a lovely strategical guide on how to dress the food baby that you’ll develop in your stomach after you eat four rolls (and then stuff two in your purse for later). Basically, it’s all about the loose-fitting pants. Or, again, you could burn off the extra calories by trying to do the dances from Center Stage. Just saying.
These festive J.Crew Band-Aids. Perfect for an office paper cut!
Get a Head Start on Your Gift Giving
Sometimes the holidays can leave your wallet in a financial bind. You have to get your boss a gift since she’s so awesome, and your mom really deserves that new teapot. And because we don’t want you to be stressing out this holiday season, we’re going to help you out. Levo’s teaming up with Blood, Sweat & Cheers, Brit + Co, and Snapette to bring you a holiday gift card giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a $2,000 Visa gift card to help alleviate holiday spending woes. Enter here.