I'm going to live list reading this book because a) I'm excited about it, b) it has fun pictures and graphics that will make for a good list, and c) it will keep me accountable to reading more regularly. Heeere we go!
  1. Static
    Hammock reading is the BEST reading.
  2. Static
    Little Amy is adorable.
  3. This is so smart. Listen to your body. Listen to your heart. It knows what to do.
  4. Part 1! Say whatever you want. I like it already.
  5. How did I not know Amy was from Boston?? I love her even more for this. 🍀🍀🍀
  6. "Our song was Faithfully by Journey. Every time it played my body turned electric and I would stare out of whatever window I was near and reminisce about experiences I hadn't had."
  7. "Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier."
  8. Wish someone had told me this in high school. 🙄
  9. I need to work on the Say It Loud part.
  10. (Backing up, Seth Meyers' chapter was SO sweet.)
  11. Amy's mom's account of what it was like to be a new mom in the early '70s... man, so much has changed but some things haven't really.
    I feel like somehow it's still taboo to talk about postpartum depression? Why?? If anyone wants to read something amazing, check out Chrissy Tiegen's recent article on the topic. ❤
  12. "It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for. It takes years to find your voice and seize your real estate."
    👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽girl!!! 😳
  13. "Anger and embarrassment are often neighbors. Sometimes we get defensive about what we feel guilty about."
    Wow, Amy! Props for exploring the intricacies of shame. (Anyone interested in SHAME should check out "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brené Brown)
  14. Omg yes. 😭 this reminds me of my parents, who were AMAZING co-parents after divorce.
  15. The best part of part 2 so far is learning the History of Amy and Tina! I guess I didn't know how far back those two really went! ❤
  16. I'm glad that Amy is aware of her privilege. She knows how lucky she was to grow up in a safe, happy home with loving parents. She knows that being a white, blonde American has given her opportunities. She speaks to the "luxury" of having to "create fake drama" as a child, and describes her neighborhood as the perfect place for "fake mischief."
  17. THIS. Positive ways to scare yourself and feel alive.
  18. Damn right! Bonus cat butt.
  19. Ugh Amy is so right about the debate over stay at home and working moms. No matter what women choose, they are judged for it. Not just by society but by each other!! Wtf!!
  20. OH. OK. Here for this.
  21. So Amy's sex advice is 4 pages of perfection, and I'll just leave you with one tidbit, this piece of advice for guys: "If you don't eat 🐱, keep walking."
    Go read the book if you want more of where that came from!
  22. Part 3! Reading during lunch at work. 🙃
  23. Omg Amy's parents!! 😍
    Also, Amy's mom got her master's degree in special ed at age 41 and then taught for 30 years! Love it.
  24. Amy's dad was in foster care and then was reunited with his mom and adopted by his stepdad. 😭
  25. Omg Amy's list of things she learned from her dad literally made me tear up.
    "Girls can do anything boys can do. Ask for what you want. Your mother is smarter than me and I'm fine with it. It's ok to cry. It's ok to argue. Love your wife's family." (And more but those are my favorites.)
  26. On waitressing: "I didn't take my job home with me, except for the occasional nightmare where I would wake up in a cold sweat and remember I never brought table 14 their Diet Coke."
    ⬆️truer words have not been spoken!!!
  27. On careers: Ok this is interesting. Especially the last 2 sentences in the paragraph. Haven't decided what % of me agrees. It might be a large % though.
    🎂 😭
  28. Static
  29. "Emotions are like passing storms, and you have to remind yourself that it won't rain forever."
    Yesssssssss!!! (I am getting the sense that Amy has partaken in her fair share of therapy. She knows the stuff. Either that or she's just insightful/brilliant, which is totally possible.)
  30. Ooh! Book recommendation from Amy! The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker.
  31. Amy's chapter about her two boys is just beautiful. "My boy Archie has eyes the color of blueberries."
    I bet she is a good mom.
  32. We are nearing the end of this book... a quote from the Dalai Lama: "I think technology has really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion."
    I LOVE this.
  33. I'm done with the book. Everyone should read it! I promise I didn't spoil ALL the parts. Amy is a good writer. She's funny, self-aware, thoughtful. Maybe I need to watch Parks and Rec again—I don't think I've even seen every episode!
  34. Thanks for indulging my first Live Listing of a book! ❤❤