What We're Into: October

Connect the Grey's team and network are made up of curious learners who bring a variety of interests and activities to our work. Once a month, we share "what we're into": a roundup of recommendations from CtG.

Rachel Kesselem
I’m really into transitioning my daily habits into the Best Self Journal in order to optimize my days/weeks/months in order to hit a goal. It’s the coolest journal! It’s set into 90-day time frames and incorporates so much more than just to-do lists and goals. It really breaks it down into attainable and accountable daily “swings” in order to accomplish bigger goals within smaller time frames. I bought it initially to help organize my mindset and goals for leadership teams that I build through a mentoring network I’m part of, but then I found it to be useful in all avenues of my life: financial goals, CtG-related goals in organization, etc. I’m about to start using it consistently (I delayed my start on it out of fear of change, haha) and I can’t wait to see the impact and subtle yet important changes it creates in my mind — and therefore, workday.

Laura Thieret
I'm appreciating our neighbor at the CtG office, Reverie Cafe + Bar. We drink a lot of coffee and get work done at Reverie, but lately I've been branching out and trying more of their vegan/plant-based menu, including the jackfruit tacos. (Similar to pork tacos, but meatless and super tasty.) Reverie has a solid menu of beers and ciders for happy hour, too. We're lucky to work right above this place!

Colleen Powers
I found out this month that the makers of Sesame Street conduct research, and that it has interesting implications about our cultural values. Sesame Workshop's vice president of research and evaluation, Jennifer Kotler Clarke, wrote for the Washington Post about a recent survey of theirs in which parents said they prioritize manners over empathy when teaching their young children. The piece thoughtfully analyzes possible interpretations for these survey findings, and dives into the importance of kindness that goes beyond a polite surface.

Rachel Jackson
On the ever-enlightening blog Brain Pickings, Maria Popova writes a wonderful review of Courtney Martin’s new book, The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream, which discusses the concept of the good life: how to attain it, and how to discern for yourself what it really means. Both Martin and Popova bring to the table a newer, more relevant way of thinking about this notion of what it is to live well and find meaning in the way you spend your days.