That’s what SHE said: pimp-shaming, having it all, looking smarter, being happy, and more . . .

10 Tricks To Appear Smart During Meetings | MediumWhenever someone gets up from the table and walks around, don’t you immediately respect them? I know I do. It takes a lot of guts but once you do it, you immediately appear smart. Fold your arms. Walk around. Go to the corner and lean against the wall. Take a deep, contemplative sigh. Trust me, everyone will be shitting their pants wondering what you’re thinking. If only they knew (bacon).

Why PepsiCo CEO Indra K. Nooyi Can’t Have It All | The AtlanticI don’t think women can have it all. I just don’t think so. We pretend we have it all. We pretend we can have it all. My husband and I have been married for 34 years. And we have two daughters. And every day you have to make a decision about whether you are going to be a wife or a mother, in fact many times during the day you have to make those decisions. And you have to co-opt a lot of people to help you. We co-opted our families to help us. We plan our lives meticulously so we can be decent parents. But if you ask our daughters, I’m not sure they will say that I’ve been a good mom. I’m not sure.

There’s More To Life Than Being Happy | The AtlanticNearly a quarter of Americans feel neutral or do not have a strong sense of what makes their lives meaningful. Research has shown that having purpose and meaning in life increases overall well-being and life satisfaction, improves mental and physical health, enhances resiliency, enhances self-esteem, and decreases the chances of depression. On top of that, the single-minded pursuit of happiness is ironically leaving people less happy, according to recent research. “It is the very pursuit of happiness,” Frankl knew, “that thwarts happiness.”

An Adopted Child’s View Of The Christian Adoption Movement | I Am Not The BabysitterAdoption abuse cases from Ethiopia (most recently, Hana’s story and the case of the Barbour’s) have been making me think a lot about my evolving views on adoption. It’s hard to look at my beautiful, loving family and sit in the question. Our decision to adopt is not something we regret..not by a long shot. However, the more we learn about the ethics of adoption (both international and domestic), the more we want to spread the important message of family preservation whenever possible. This is something we have to live with as a family, so we move forward in other ways.