5 Friyays: October 4

5 Friyays: October 4

Hey everyone! Welcome to October – the best month of the year for it is my birthday month! Plus, I love the autumnal trappings that come in the Northeast – crunching leaves, and pumpkins, and such. This week is eclectic as always, so let’s crack on!

Empathy Training

One of the best ways to build empathy in your own life is to read the stories of folks with different life experiences than you. My best recommendation this month is about miscarriages. My friend Sofi wrote this article at PopSugar about what women who have had miscarriages wish you knew. If this is not part of your personal story, I cannot encourage you strongly enough to read this one.

Resting Room for Teachers

A school in Long Island has created a space for teachers to go and decompress in between classes and such. This is such a fascinating idea and one we’d certainly endorse!

Redesigning Women

A new musical group, The Highwomen, has completely stolen my heart over the last few weeks. Below is the video to their first single and I cannot stop listening to this album.

Generosity as Normality

This doesn’t have a link, it’s just something I’ve been thinking a lot about since it was my birthday this week and I got given a lot of lovely gifts – words, time, a good bottle of whiskey, someone made me a playlist, another friend drew me a painting. I’m so lucky to be surrounded by people for whom generosity is a virtue – it’s a normal thing for them. We’ll be talking more about cultivating generosity in your office culture in the coming months, but for now – I just wish this for your life as well.

Unapologetic Lizzo Stans

We are, indeed, here at Abby Research, unapologetic Lizzo stans. Which is why her Tiny Desk Concert from NPR a few weeks back is wrapping up my Friyays this week. Warning for explicit language, because Lizzo.




That’s all from me this week, folks. Dr. Erin will see you next week for another round of things we think you should know. 

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