Cooking, saying no, and female VCs

This week...

I read:

  • Cooked: A DIY Manifesto by Michael Pollan: Let me say this right off the bat: I don’t like cooking. I have a great appreciation for food and for people with a culinary bent, but I’m not one of them. That said, I’ve read a good bit from Michael Pollan and am always impressed with his balanced approach to food in general. This article didn’t make me want to dive into a recipe book or anything, but it did challenge my perception of how we interact with our meals (particularly his commentary on the negative effects of specialization as it relates to the kitchen).
  • The 1 Habit That Will Make You Happier and More Productive by Laura Shin: I’ve read a ton of articles about the power of saying “no,” but this one really hit home for me. I like that Laura addressed ways that we can say no to activities that increase our mental overload, not just to more time commitments. I’m realizing the value of the space that “no” can create more and more every day.
  • How Kirsten Green defied venture capital’s gender boundaries and ruled ecommerce by Sarah Lacy: I love reading about women that are kicking ass in tech/entrepreneurship/venture capital. Kirsten’s story is empowering to women in an industry that has a pretty bad gender imbalance. Her resilience, patience, and commitment to learning are very inspiring.

I tried:

  • OneNote - Lately, I’ve been really frustrated with the note-taking/writing software I’ve been using. I’m on the hunt for an app in which I can write, take notes, store research, and organize with a simple folder/subfolder system. I’ve tried Evernote, Scrivner, Byword, and a handful of others that are just not exactly what I’m looking for. OneNote has come the closest so far. I prefer its organization system to any of the other apps I’ve found. It’s cleanly designed, which surprised me because I (snootily) never thought I’d like the look and feel of a Microsoft product. My only issue with it is that I don’t like to write in it… which is one of the main things I need. So, while I’ve been pleasantly surprised by OneNote, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect writing/note-taking app. Let me know if you have any suggestions!
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