Weekly Coffee Date

Coffee cups photo by africa studio

This week my friend Julia put a name to something I’ve often thought about, but didn’t have a name for: Shine Theory, coined by Ann Friedman.

“Shine Theory is pretty straightforward. ‘When you meet a woman who is intimidatingly witty, stylish, beautiful, and professionally accomplished, befriend her,’ explains Friedman. ‘Surrounding yourself with the best people doesn’t make you look worse by comparison. It makes you better.’

Success isn’t finite. It’s not a substance that can run out, or a product that can be used up. One woman’s success doesn’t counteract your own. And when one of your friends is shining brightly, she doesn’t put you in the shadows. She lights you up, too. Success is limitless, and contagious, and something to be celebrated – regardless of whether or not it’s your own.” (Marie Claire)

Tell me what you think. And tell me about your week! xo Andie

Here are the links that caught my eye:

The least unhealthy items at fast food restaurants | Lifehacker

“Know Your Farmer” + more advice from Dr. Frank Lipman, Gwyneth Paltrow’s health coach | W Magazine

Be careful not to take “The False First Step” | Break the Twitch
We sometimes trick ourselves into thinking that buying expensive accessories is the first step toward achieving a goal. I know my Amazon history would reveal plenty of false first steps. I’ve purchased a yoga mat at least 4 separate times. But if you want to start exercising, don’t start by buying a Fitbit, go for a walk. If you’re interested in photography, hold off on buying that dslr, explore the hobby with the camera you have and then evaluate your needs in the future.
The 100 best films of the 21st century from a survey of 177 prominent film critics | BBC
Daniel and I are going to go through this list and…see them all (fingers crossed).

13 tips for organizing your laptop once and for all (or, until we need to do it again) | Bustle

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney, founder of Design Sponge

This week, the completely wonderful Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge came out with a masterpiece book: In the Company of WomenThe book profiles 100+ influential and creative women from all ages, races, backgrounds, and industries. All of the interviews shed light on the intricacies of success, the everyday rituals that help these women thrive, and the practical, inspirational advice they want to pass on. 

Join me today (10/7/16) at 1pm ET/10am PT for a Twitter party to celebrate #NationalSalmonDay! There will be prizes, coupons, and even the chance to win a cruise to Alaska. Follow along on Twitter with me, @andiemmitchell, Chicken of the Sea @COSMermaid, and Minute Rice @MinuteRiceUS! Use #NationalSalmonDay in your tweets! 



6 thoughts on “Weekly Coffee Date

  1. Marisa

    I love the idea of “shine theory!” I have a friend who always says something to the effect of “using your candle to light someone else’s doesn’t make yours any less bright.”

    Love that.

  2. Rebecca Danielle

    I read the post about the “false step” right after I had decided to hold off buying a Fitbit. I decided that wasn’t going to help me as much as logging my food and exercise. It can be a reward once I have created that habit, but it won’t get me to do the hard work.

    Last night, I finished the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. It was enlightening and I will be spending my evening and the next few weeks determining my “habit loop” of cue-routine-reward and experiment on how I can tweak it. Overeating has been a lifelong habit and I want to be stronger, which means more exercising. It’s a lifestyle change, and it needs a catalyst. I think I got one this weekend and I’m going to hold onto it.

    Wish me luck!

  3. Lisa

    I completely agree with the Shine Theory! I used to work somewhere that I always took extra time to train and help out my staff, especially women, to try and empower them. I was asked one time by a peer if I was worried that I would train someone to take my place and I explained that I was trying to do exactly that. If I wanted to move up, there needed to be someone to fill my shoes. I have never understood people that go out of their way to push down other people. There is room for everyone to succeed!


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