Leaders Eat Last

Leaders Eat Last: Notes on Teams


I’ve said a couple of times before that I’m really inspired by Simon Sinek’s Tedtalks and other interviews. I’ve read one of his other books titled “Start with Why”, but found it to be a little too long and repetitive for my taste. I’m happy to say that this book “Leaders Eat Last” is a little bit more enjoyable and informational than I felt his other book to be. However, if you’re not much of a reader and would prefer to watch his talks online, below is a Talk about the information within this book. I will say that I will probably forgo the rest of his books and just continue to watch his videos since they are more concise and easily digestible.

Still, I wrote a few notes down that I felt were important that I thought I would share with you all!

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Deep Work

Deep Work: Notes on Focus


I didn’t realize how long it had been since I posted about a book that I had read and taken notes on. I had this book by Cal Newport on order from the library for probably…2 months before I ever ended up getting it because the waitlist for it was SO long. But once it arrived at my door, I had sat down and read it within 2 days.

I decided I wanted to take notes on this one immediately for this blog, simply because it’s right up my alley and that even from the title I felt that it was blasphemous to NOT read it with a critical eye. Before we begin, I picked this book up because of a podcast I listened to from College Info Geek.

You can find that particular Podcast HERE.

Thomas also had an interview with Cal way back in episode 35 which I listened to long ago which you can find HERE.



There was a lot of great info in this book, but the beginning really dives into what Deep Work actually is. I took a few notes here as an overview of what was to come.

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Currently Reading + Birthday

The big two four!

It’s true, I grew another year older this January but I definitely celebrated in style! My mom came to visit and I got to spend the entire day with her and Hillary. We opened Magic Kingdom with their new welcome show and closed out the night at Tusker House at Animal Kingdom before calling it an early night. So much more fun than laying on the couch all day like all my previous birthdays.

This year I was so thankful to have moved to Orlando, worked at Mousegear, move in with my best friends, and then FINALLY get to transfer to my favorite role: Photopass. I cannot explain how much fun I’ve had over the last year learning how to become a full adult. There is not a better place to grow old than the most magical place on earth.

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My Favorite Books of 2016

the year of the library

Since I moved in February, my book-buying habit has been on hold somewhat. From January to May I didn’t really access our local library because it seemed far as a CP and I had brought my own books with me that I had wanted to finish, but I somehow managed to still read a lot.

After we moved into our new apartment in May of this year, we all visited the library about 10 minutes away and found out that our materials COULD be delivered to our door at our new home. While we were going to get a library card anyway since figuring out where the Library actually was, having things delivered to our apartment sealed the deal. And our addiction to the library kind of went downhill from there. At times we would open our front door and be greeted by 8-10 packages between the four of us.

In addition, I had moved all my books from home down to Florida and it made it quite clear that I had at least 50 books and counting. That didn’t really stop me from buying books after changing roles at Disney and feeling like  I had more time.

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Review: Before Happiness Part 2

Before Happiness by Shawn achor

HERE is a link to the original and part 1 post about the two books and multiple talks given by Shawn Achor on Happiness. This is part 2 and it includes only a book review and some items that I pulled from his second book. This does not contain a day by day experiment like my first post, though I may return to the idea in a month to reflect on how I felt. I will go ahead and link his two youtube videos here again, so that you can watch them before diving into his non-fiction books about his scientific work. 

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October TBR (Late)

in which i attempt to buy no books

So, since all of my roommates and I are headed to Disneyland in the middle of this month, it’s imperative for me to spend as little money as possible. Unfortunately, that means that I have to somehow keep myself from buying any new books, thus the library and my own collection will prevail this month.

I usually don’t do TBRs, just because I work full-time and I never really know what book I’m going to pick up next until the time comes. However, I have checked out a few from the library and borrowed some from my friends, which are going to need to be returned at some point

Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I’ve read every other Shadowhunter novel by Cassandra Clare, except the first one in her latest series. It was so long that I didn’t even want to think about taking it on until my roommate started pushing me so she could have someone to talk to about it. It’s nearly 700 pages and I’m about 400 pages through so far. Overall it’s a bit slow paced and I’m not 100% sure that I’m really that attached to the characters, but Cassandra Clare’s writing is so easy to get through and I love her world-building. I’ve been working on this one for a couple weeks and hope to get it done by next week.

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Recent Reads: Happy Fall! (10.5.16)

I am Malala

I am Malala: How one girl stood up for education and changed the world

Malala Yousafzai

4/5 Stars

Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. Women weren’t allowed to go to the market. Girls couldn’t go to school.

Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. So she fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for teh cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.
No one expected her to survive.

I accidentally purchased the young readers edition of this from BAM when I bought it, but I feel like it covered the general idea. Regardless, I am so happy I finally read this and I am absolutely astounded by Malala and what she has done in the face of such fear and danger. One thing is for sure, I could never have done what she did and continue to have so much compassion and bravery.

One of the most interesting parts of this book is how supportive her father was and how instrumental he was in her entire mission. While everyone else was pulling their girls out of school, her father (who was well-known) knowingly refused to deny Malala an education. I can definitely understand how he would have felt it was his fault that his daughter was targeted, but it’s amazing her supported his family and didn’t succumb to fear. I’m glad to know a bit more of how the terrorist groups formed in their country so benignly in the beginning, through a radio station. It really exemplifies how mass media can effect a population and hysteria can change opinions.

Malala is incredible and everyone needs to read this book.

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Makeup Book Tag

Before I begin, I watched this video by Dana over at The Book Hoarder which inspired me to make this post since I love books AND I love makeup. Imagine! You should definitely sub to Dana’s channel, I love her vlogs.

Makeup Book Tag

I’m going to list each part of the tag, the makeup I use, and the book that goes with it. I’ll try and let you know what is and isn’t cruelty free as I am also transitioning all my products over as well. I forgot a few products in the first photo but I have added them on at the end. This is also a before picture of the makeup that I use. Overall, this took about an hour to photograph, but in reality it only takes me 10 minutes or less to do my makeup. I also don’t use all of this on a daily basis. Below I also didn’t have a tag for my pre-makeup. But I use Simple SPF Moisturizer ($10) on days I’m going to be outside for long periods, like work. Simple doesn’t test on animals where not required by law. I also try and use Yes to Grapefruit Eye Cream ($15.99) every morning and night. Yes to products are cruelty free.


Book_Makeup_1 Book_Makeup_2

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I almost never get rid of my books unless I absolutely despise them, but my shelves are starting to get a little full. If I get rid of just a handful, that makes more room for me to buy more and that’s always important.

Disney Wars

James B. Stewart


I bought this book a few years ago before I started working at Disney. I never got very far, mostly because it was so dense and dry. That’s not to say I don’t still love reading books about the company and Walt himself, just that I’m not sure this one interests me as much now that I actually work here. It’s mostly focused on Michael Eisner and Roy Disney and was published in 2006. Quite a bit has happened since then and while it’s important to know your history, I’m just never going to start this one.

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What I STILL haven’t read (mid-year tbr)

I’ve collected many a book over the past few years. While I do pretty good at keeping my TBR to a minimum and reading what I have before buying anything else, there are a few books that are just continuously stuck on my list. Most of these books are large classics that I have had for a couple years and are so long that I’m too intimidated to start at the moment. However, there are a few YA books thrown in.

Glass Sword (#2)

Victoria Aveyard


I purchased this book within the first few weeks of February as a “make myself feel better” gift as I was still rather stressed out from moving. Unfortunately I started the book, couldn’t really get into it, and put it aside and it’s been there ever since. I absolutely loved Red Queen, and I’m sure it was just because I was so busy that I didn’t get into this book. I definitely am going to try and finish this by the end of the year.

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