Woman of the Week!

I present to you: Sheryl Sandberg


Yes you may have heard of her, she is the COO of Facebook and she essentially rules the world, but really.

I am taking a class called Representation in the Media and we have recently been focusing  on women and their role in the work force. We read a New Yorker article  highlighting her rise to the top and her strong work ethic. Sheryl believes that women are just as capable as men at getting to the top but most times they hold themselves back.

Sandberg spoke at a TEDWomen conference and she gave three suggestions on how to solve the problem of the lack of women in top positions. The first being that women need to “sit at the table”, we can not expect to get anywhere if we are just sitting back and not participating. Her second piece of advice for women is “make sure your partner is a real partner”, make sure that the person you’re with is going to support you and that you will be able to share responsibilities. Her final piece of advice is “don’t leave before you leave”, even before women begin a family but are thinking about starting one they stop taking on important tasks and by doing this you make yourself less valuable to your organization.

 Although Sheryl has a bad rap with some women because of her unconventional stance, I really appreciate her viewpoint and think that if more women were as assertive, ambitious and confident as she is then the world would be a better place. To hear more of what Sheryl Sandberg has to say check out her TEDWomen talk  & her Barnard commencement speech 2011


Whatever it takes


So I’m a second semester Senior in college and like most Seniors in college, I’m freaking out. I am constantly trying to create a plan for myself and better myself for the future. Over the past four years I have gotten great grades and have been heavily involved on and off my campus but I still feel uneasy about finding a job and making my way into the real world.

Although this uneasy feeling exists there are still things that I do day to day that allow me some sanity!  I stumbled upon the blog The College Prepster during my sophomore year and have really grown fond of Carly. She is everything I aspire to be and more. She talks about helpful organization tips and gives her readers an insight into her life as a 20-something that inspires and astonishes. She is not your average woman and of course not all of us can accomplish what she has by her age but when I read her blog I feel confident about heading into the unknown.

Another great spot for tips and motivation, especially for young woman looking to move up in the world, is the Levo League. I first heard about this site through Carly’s blog since she now works there but it is something I always go back to. The Levo League offers great articles about how to be successful in the workforce along with relevant and feasible job postings for the freshly graduated woman. Office hours is also an extremely helpful mentoring tool that Levo League provides. Listening to highly accomplished woman tell their stories and give advice, knowing they have been where we are, is an easy avenue to our own success.

Something else that I do to better myself is scroll through Twitter and discover Twitter feeds that are interesting and informative. Some of the most helpful Twitters are the ones by business magazines like Forbes and Inc. I also follow Twitter feeds like NY Marketing Jobs and Washington Post Jobs which give me up to date job postings and opportunities. Creating a Twitter that is solely for business and professional use is also a responsible step towards making it in the professional world.

And if all else fails there is always the quiet place …What are some things you look at or do to ease the anxiety of new beginnings?

While we were snowed in…

We all ate well and drank too much wine! But I wish I had thought of this drink before the snow hit! The dark & stormy is usually a summer drink but it really does seem fitting.

But the food! Oh the food!

We had all these leftovers and we didn’t know what to do with them but what’s better than experimenting a little?

Pico de Gaillo

Here’s our recipe:

1 cup left over pico de gaillo
1.5 cups green peppers and onions
1/2 cup of cilantro
1.5 cups chicken stalk
2 cloves garlic
12 oz can tomatoes
6 chicken drumsticks
1 Jalapeno
Salt, pepper & a dollop of greek yogurt

and cornbread, of course!

Two other soups: taco and lentil that would have been fun to eat during the blizzard! Looks like we might get another chance this weekend though.


Photo taken by friend Charlie Shaffer of Nantasket Beach after the storm.

Did you see this?

yes this!

Friday will be a good day! If all goes as planned we will be getting about a foot of snow here in Southern New England. That’s the most snow we’ve gotten in 2 years. Within the past three or four weeks we have been getting flurries and dusting but never anything substantial and with days as cold as these I would love to actually gain something from the cold weather!

It is the beginning of my last second semester as an undergrad and stress levels are high and work is only piling higher, so a weekend snowed in would be a recipe for cozy productivity.

I picture hot chocolate, music and crossing things off of a to do this.

What do you plan to do if we get snowed in?

hello lovelies!

This is my first post and I am very excited to be joining the blogging world. There is so much to discover and share and that is what ariel+grace is all about. If you like adventures,Sunday mornings, lots of color, stimulating conversation that makes you think about things bigger than yourself and eating, then you are in the right place. Welcome to our adventure, hope you enjoy the ride!