Dr. Donnelly here, and I don't know about you but this week felt about a year long to me. I had ton of meetings, a few meet-and-greets, and more balls to juggle than I have hands. I'm sliding into this weekend with a sigh of relief and the knowledge that the work I have to get done, can get done from my sofa while wearing fuzzy slippers.
1. Next week at Abbey Research, we're going to highlight some ways to cultivate an attitude of gratitude among your team. Get a head start by reading this article in Forbes that covers the science behind the importance of gratitude.
2. I don't know if you know this, but we are well into the throws of Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas. What does that mean?! Happily Ever Afters on my TV ALL. THE. TIME. I am 100% here for it. Erin and I adore many of the Hallmark Repertory Theater (as I refer to the frequent actors), but particularly our girl Lacey Chabert, and I am eagerly gobbling up all the well-packaged joy she's peddling this season.
3. My house frequently resembles a cyclone, unless my husband cleans it. He is also largely responsible for feeding me, as I have a reputation of getting so engrossed in work that it will all of a sudden be 10pm and I've eaten a piece of toast and a bag of doritos all day. Part of his strategy for keeping me balanced is Hello Fresh. You've heard of them, seen the ads, etc., but I promise it can be a delight. Sign up for one box and see if you like it, just click the link for a discount, no strings attached. We love getting taught new recipes, and having everything show up on our door step and so planning steps go down to zero. Highly recommended and definitely something that's a favorite every week we order it.
4. Roy Moore and his life choices have made a lot of headlines over the last bit. He is an identified sexual predator (we're not open to debate on this), so don't want to dwell on that, but instead want to draw your attention to another conversation emerging.
I've been in Christian circles since the womb and have always been aware of the shadier corners of it - the fundamentalist movements that skirt the rule of law and have unorthodox interpretations of Scripture. Mr. Moore participates in one such sect, which encourages older men to date/marry younger women and there have been A LOT of folks talking about this.
Almost none of them are talking to anyone who knows what they're talking about.
So, gentle reminder, if you're entering into a world you know nothing about, find a tour guide.
5. The time for Top 10 lists is upon us! I love reading back on these and seeing how other people experienced this year. Kirkus has its list of Top Ten Romances up this week, and I mostly agree. Alisha Rai's Hate To Want You is on my Top 5 of the year, and possibly for life, but I'd add Triumph by Cecelia London to their list. I'll publish my own top book lists soon, but Kirkus was outta the gate quick!
What's on your brain this week? Comment below and let us know - we'd love it!