Current faves: LEAD conference, “Shameless” and workouts
Hi, my friends! How was your week? What’s new in your world?
Let’s catch up: Brady was back in preschool three mornings this week, after his extended spring break. It was nice to have some time to myself again. I did a lot of work, I paid our taxes (the only time of the year when I wish I didn’t work for myself, yuck), I tracked down a furniture delivery that had been strangely lost in transit, I taught my two virtual classes, and I even went on a walk with a new friend who lives in our neighborhood. By the way, I’m due for an update on how all that sort of stuff is going in Charlotte now that we’ve been here over two months, so look out for that soon.
(Wearing this top, these leggings and these shoes.)
Sadly, my mom went back to Florida last weekend after staying with us for a little over a week. We had a great time doing all the things, and because she’s only a 10-hour drive away, I know she’ll be back next month or so to hang out again. Oh the beauty of living on the East Coast. Nonetheless, we hate to see her go, and Brady kept saying, “I’m sad Grammie is gone,” for a few days after she left. So sweet.
Now, let’s move right into today’s favorites …
Beautycounter’s annual LEAD conference
Last weekend, I tuned into Beautycounter’s annual LEAD conference, and it left me feeling inspired. Yes, there was a lot of business stuff directly related to new products that will be coming out soon, updates on Beautycounter’s advocacy efforts and even advice from fellow consultants who have overcome a lot of obstacles to succeed.
However, what I most enjoyed were the sessions with business professors, entrepreneurs and authors, who all had different perspectives on how to truly find your why and get out of your own way — in life and in business.
The theme of the conference was “The future favors the bold.” And I’m here for it.
While I won’t share my notes from every single session, here are a few things that stuck with me …
- All of the entrepreneurs agreed on this common theme: “If you aren’t failing, you aren’t taking chances.” — Smart failure is a part of life, and you should embrace it.
- Popular author Glennon Doyle was the keynote speaker, and she touched on how women are often judged on their appearance, personality and relationship status, more than they are judged on their work. We all have to consciously work on our biases to get past this, because it’s not the same for men, and it’s not fair. She also gave me a gem of a thought on negativity too:”Think about negativity from others as junk mail. Learn to sort your mail, and don’t let that junk in the house.” — Love it.
- Dartmouth business school professor Ella Bell Smith was an amazing speaker, and she spoke about the importance of “GIG,” which stands for Grit, Influence and Grace. In order to be successful in whatever you do, you must have grit. You must also be able to influential in your community, as well as have grace in the way you listen to people and build them up, rather than breaking them down. — I think “GIG” works for many things in life, don’t you?
And we’ll stop there. Moral of the story: While I’m used to setting aside time to work on the weekends, I normally wouldn’t sign myself up for a virtual conference lastings hours on a Saturday, but I was very pleased with this investment of my time. I do like to learn, and Beautycounter’s LEAD gave me a great chance to do just that.
By the way, LEAD is usually held in person each year, and I sure hope to be able to attend it in 2022 in the flesh. But this one was enjoyed on a toddler chair at my new desk (my desk chair should arrive next week, thank goodness). 🙂
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Finishing “Shameless” on Showtime
Here I am with another TV series as a favorite (and once again, I swear we don’t watch that much TV, I just seem to have a lot to discuss in this department lately). Dave and I finished “Shameless” on Showtime this week, and we actually nearly timed our conclusion of the series with its finale airing just a few days before — that never happens, as we usually catch things way after the fact.
I have so many disclaimers to lay out before actually recommending this series to you. It’s not safe for work, it’s not safe for kids, and it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s full of so much trash/vulgarity/questionable choices, while at the same time, being funny and even sweet at times too. The family in “Shameless” really has no shame, but many of the members of the family do have good hearts.
(Image source: Paul Sarkis/Showtime.)
The first few seasons of “Shameless” were so incredibly captivating, and we devoured them. Then, toward the middle-to-end, one of the main female leads, Fiona (played by Emmy Rossum), left the show, and I feel like things went a little downhill. But you can’t deny the amazing acting throughout the series from one of the male leads, William H. Macy, who played the family patriarch, Frank Gallagher.
Normally, when we finish a series that we’ve been watching for a few years, I get a little emotional. But the ending of “Shameless” left me somewhat unsure. I enjoyed so many moments from the show over the years, but with this one, I really felt like it had run its course. While I was writing this brief snapshot for this post, I actually went and read an official review of the final episode from an entertainment writer, and it made me notice a bunch of things that I hadn’t thought of while watching it. Mental note to do that more often, especially after completing a series.
Finally, as an example of the kind of message you could get from this show, I’ll end this series review with the last words from Frank Gallagher in the series finale …
“Not much left to say really. Except time’s precious. Don’t f*&#ing waste it. Have a good time. I sure as hell did.”
Now we need another series to watch. Any recommendations?
Here are last week’s workouts …
- Monday: 45-minute full-body weights via Peloton, 4 p.m.
- Tuesday: Taught 45-minute Barre Burn on Motus, 3 p.m.
- Wednesday: 20-minute lower-body, 15-minute Pilates via Peloton, 5 p.m.
- Thursday: Taught 45-minute Barre Burn on Motus, 3 p.m.
- Friday: 30-minute bike bootcamp via Peloton, 6 p.m.
- Saturday: 30-minute BODYPUMP via Les Mills On Demand, 10 a.m.
- Sunday: 15-minute slow flow yoga, 5 p.m.
This past week was a good one, and I was back to my regularly scheduled workouts. I’m happy to report that I picked up weights three times, which is always my goal for resistance training. Other than that, I had an active recovery/light day and some good variety. I may have some changes to this weekly line-up coming soon, and I’ll share more on that when I can.
A Lady Goes West recommended favorite products
I only share what I use and love in my own life, and here are some of the brands I swear by. And when you use my discount codes and links, you support me, so thanks for that …
- Carbon38. I’m always wearing stuff from here, and it’s the coolest activewear around. Get 15 percent off your first two orders of $100 or more using the code ASHLEYPITT.
- G2G protein bars. I love these tasty and minimal-ingredient protein bars. You can get 15 percent off your order on the G2G Bar site with the code ALADYGOESWEST.
- Organifi superfood supplements. I’m all about the Organifi Complete Plant-Based protein powder. You can get 15 percent off your order on the Organifi site with the code ALADYGOESWEST.
- Four Sigmatic. These superfood coffees and teas are so good — I especially love the Cacao Chill and Lion’s Mane Latte. Get 15 percent off your order with the code ALADYGOESWEST.
- Beautycounter. The best safe skincare and makeup. Send me a message, and I’ll share a 20 percent off code for your very first order.
- Les Mills On Demand streaming workouts. My favorite fitness brand. You can do a whole month of workouts during a free 30-day trial by using my special referral link here.
- Les Mills Coach program. You can get 15 percent off a 4-, 8- or 12-week guided coaching and accountability program with the code ASHLEY15.
A few things from around the web
- Sustainability buzzwords. It can be hard to know what you can trust on the labels of the products you buy, because not every term is regulated. This is a great list explaining many popular sustainability terms, like green, organic, carbon neutral, etc..
- Clean beauty business. This week, it was announced that a major private equity firm took a stake in Beautycounter, valuing the company at $1 billion. This is big news for clean beauty and means Beautycounter is just getting started. Such an awesome show of support for this movement.
Here’s the quote of the week from the Calm app …
A Lady Goes West favorite archives
- Advice. This one is all about splitting up household chores, relationships during COVID and even hair … “Ask-me-anything A Lady Goes West Advice Corner: second edition.”
- Health tips. This post is always a good one to go back to … “Five things you should be doing in your 30s for your life and health.”
As always, thank you so much for visiting A Lady Goes West today. I appreciate you!
Questions of the day
How was your week?
Do you have any plans for the weekend?
What’s one thing you’ve been loving lately?
I totally agree on your review of Shameless! Love that show, we kind of stopped watching it, my husband wasn’t as interested anymore. I have to catch up on my own lol! We are both from Chicago so love spotting familiar places. A few show recs – Ozark, The Crown, Walking Dead, You, Emily in Paris
How was your week?
Busy with the usual routine!
Do you have any plans for the weekend?
Early soccer game, birthday party, church, outside time
What’s one thing you’ve been loving lately?
A new to me cafe with so many goodies reminding me of back home.
Hi Joanna! I loved “Emily in Paris” and we also watched “Ozark” but that was a little tough for me hahaha. How nice you went to a new cafe that reminded you of home — it’s the little things, right? Have a WONDERFUL weekend! 🙂
Hey Ashley! If you’re looking for something a little lighter than Shameless, my husband and I loved and finished:
-Friday Night Lights
-90 Day Fiance (our ultimate guilty pleasure when we don’t want to use brain power lol)
I also loved Euphoria if you want something that’s more complex. I love your blog and I read it every week!
Hi Maylyssa! Thanks so much for reading and for these recommendations! You nailed it, because “Friday Night Lights” is my FAVORITE TV series ever, and I’ve seen it twice — it was so good — I miss the Taylor family ahha. I’ve heard a lot of good things about “Parenthood” so maybe we need to give it a go. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂
We loved Shameless. I didn’t think I would like Altered Carbon, but it was pretty good. Just started Outlander, and it is really good. However neither show should be on when the kids are around lol!
Hi Terri! I haven’t heard of “Altered Carbon” or “Outlander” — I’ll check them out. We moved on to “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and it’s pretty good so far. Hope you had a nice weekend! Thanks for saying hi!