The Workday Reading: April 14, 2017

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Today, I found out that I passed the bar.  I should feel more excited about that, maybe I’m just in shock.

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1) One behavior separates success from mediocrity. (Thrive)

2) Nordstrom’s Clear the Rack sale is on. Deals on top of deals, esp. on shoes.

3) Sheryl Sandberg talks about loss, grief, and moving forward when you’re hurting. (Time)

4) This Tahari dress with a chic, blue print is all of my casual date night dreams.

5) Is self-hypnosis the way to beat stress? (Well + Good)

6) 40-percent-off everything at LOFT. I need these sandals and this fun top.

7) A paper referred to Aaron Rodgers as Olivia Munn’s ‘boyfriend’ and men went nuts. (Mic)

8) Serious question: Can I wear this gorgeous blush Calvin Klein dress to work?

9) Everything you need to know about protecting your privacy online. (Recode)

10) Humidity is coming. Freeze your makeup in place with this CoverFX setting spray.

11) H&M’s best kept shopping secrets, by a former employee. (Pop Sugar)

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What I’m Baking. I love the Trader Joe’s almond horn cookies, but the chocolate they use is so bitter.  So I’m glad Smitten Kitchen posted her recipe so I can make my own.

What I’m Listening To. The 9 Podcast Episodes Worth Discussing.

What I’m Buying. This Waste-Not-Nut dispenser to make sure I get the last drop of my pricey conditioner.

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90 Comment

  1. Reply
    Shruti
    April 14, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you! I hope once it hits you, you’ll have a glass of champagne or rose, a lot of cake. 🙂

  2. Reply
    Laura
    April 14, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!

  3. Reply
    Jenette
    April 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Yay! Awesome job, Belle. Congrats.

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      Margaret L.
      April 14, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      So happy for you! Congratulations!

  4. Reply
    Erin
    April 14, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Mazel tov!

  5. Reply
    JEssica
    April 14, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Wahoo! That’s a big deal! Don’t fret about your response – it’s probably just shock, or your overactive psyche not quite sure what to do now that your self-defined role as student is over. Keep talking about it – other people’s excitement should help you muster up some of your own.

  6. Reply
    jbindc
    April 14, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Congrats!! Great news!

  7. Reply
    Mariya Krol
    April 14, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    congrats on the bar! huge!

  8. Reply
    Crystal
    April 14, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Congratulations on passing the bar! That’s wonderful news!!!

  9. Reply
    Lo
    April 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    BELLE!! YAY!!! That’s awesome, congratulations!

  10. Reply
    Cheryl
    April 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!
    A JOB WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IT’S ALL WORTH THE PAIN!!!!!!!
    SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!
    YOU GO GO GO MONTANA GIRL!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Reply
    Rachel
    April 14, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    That’s a huge accomplishment, congrats!!!

  12. Reply
    Erika
    April 14, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Congratulations on passing the bar! Thank you for sharing the highs, lows and reality of law school. Cheers!!

  13. Reply
    Whitney Gibbs
    April 14, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Congratulations, Belle! Loved watching you on this journey.

  14. Reply
    Kristen
    April 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Congratulations!!

  15. Reply
    TinaLou
    April 14, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Congratulations on your well-earned success!!! Bubbles for everyone!!!!

  16. Reply
    Monica Carmean
    April 14, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! I felt no joy at passing the bar, just relief that I had not failed.

  17. Reply
    Karen
    April 14, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Congratulations Belle! Thank you for sharing honestly the emotional roller coaster that is law school (particularly as a non-traditional student). Don’t feel like you need to be excited – just enjoy the RELIEF! Your readership is so proud of you!

  18. Reply
    Katie
    April 14, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Congrats!!! Amazing news!!

  19. Reply
    Dina Chavez
    April 14, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Congratulations! What a great accomplishment. Greatly, enjoy reading your blog, it is very empowering and inspiring.

  20. Reply
    Mallory
    April 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Congratulations, Belle!

  21. Reply
    Christine
    April 14, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Congratulations!!!

  22. Reply
    geecee
    April 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Congratulations!

  23. Reply
    Kayla Byers
    April 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Congratulations!!! Let it sink in and then celebrate! Such a wonderful accomplishment!

  24. Reply
    espie
    April 14, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    congratulations!!!

  25. Reply
    Jenn
    April 14, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Congratulations! I knew you did. 🙂 great work! For me it was a huge sense of relief since I would have lost my job if I hadn’t passed (fall 2009). Enjoy and let it soak in. 🙂

  26. Reply
    Carolyn
    April 14, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Congratulations!

  27. Reply
    Monica T
    April 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Congratulations, that is so great!! Celebrate!

  28. Reply
    Sharon
    April 14, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! So happy to hear this news. Enjoy your vacation!!

  29. Reply
    nancy m.
    April 14, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    YAY!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

  30. Reply
    Erica
    April 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    OH MY – CONGRATULATIONS!!!! So happy for you.

  31. Reply
    Valerie
    April 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Re #8- yes, you absolutely can wear that dress to work. Especially since the hem hits slightly above the knee on a 5’10 model. Anyone shorter shouldn’t have an issue with length.

    More importantly, CONGRATS on being a newly minted lawyer! Hope you’re celebrating!

  32. Reply
    Lexi
    April 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  33. Reply
    Ann
    April 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

  34. Reply
    Jess
    April 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Way to go!!!!!

  35. Reply
    LTH
    April 14, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!

  36. Reply
    Emily
    April 14, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Congrats!!!!!

  37. Reply
    Sarah
    April 14, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Congrats!! I also remember feeling not very happy. Most of my friends felt that way too. Just very…relieved, which was pretty powerful actually. There’s just a huge whiff of…”oh you did what you’re expected to do about it,” despite all the stress and worry and preparation. It’s so hard to explain. I still vividly remember all that pain and it was ten year ago. But most importantly, CONGRATS! (and…your feelings are totally normal).

  38. Reply
    Lynn
    April 14, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Congratulations, Belle!! I was sure you would. You are a champion! So glad to “know” you and wish you all the best!

  39. Reply
    Keilexandra
    April 14, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    CONGRATS, we all knew you could do it!

  40. Reply
    PHX
    April 14, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Congrats!!!!! Whoo Hoo!!!! You did it!!!! (and all while blogging!)

  41. Reply
    Ari
    April 14, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Congrats on passing the bar!!

  42. Reply
    Nicole
    April 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Congratulations, Abra! I’ve been following the blog since before you began law school, and I’ve been working at an IP firm for eleven years and have watched a number of attorneys experience the shock of passing the bar. You’re not alone in feeling… weird. For something that’s “expected” after the grind of finishing law school, it’s still a huge accomplishment. Well done.

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    Tif
    April 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Wonderful news! We’ve been holding our collective breaths along with you. Exhale and then inhale some champagne! Thanks for the excellent daily email – your posts are my #1 favorite.

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    Carolyn
    April 14, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    So happy for you – congratulations!

  45. Reply
    wellfedfred
    April 14, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    congratulations! and no, that pink thing with the floppy sleeves does not belong in a law office.

  46. Reply
    Sheril
    April 14, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Girl great job!! You passed the bar- own that! It’s not just luck! Congratulations!

  47. Reply
    MsMaryMary
    April 14, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Congratulations! We knew you could do it.

  48. Reply
    Pam
    April 14, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Congrats!!! It’s not a surprise, you worked hard for this. Enjoy the relief – so glad you didn’t postpone taking it til fall. You are awesome! All that effort proved fruitful. Treat yourself.

  49. Reply
    Anna
    April 14, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Congrats!

  50. Reply
    Valerie
    April 14, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Congratulations! Enjoy every moment!

  51. Reply
    Sarah
    April 14, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Congratulations!!!!! Hard work pays off!!! We are very very proud of you Abra! I hope you seriously treat yourself for this :).

  52. Reply
    Mary
    April 14, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Congratulations!!

  53. Reply
    Julia
    April 14, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Congratulations! Welcome to the bar!

  54. Reply
    Jenn S.
    April 14, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    I haven’t read any of the links yet – saw the first bit of text and had to leave you a congratulatory message. Do we call you, “Belle, Esq.,” now?

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    Brrrrunchtastic
    April 14, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Well of COURSE you did. We all believed in you from the beginning…

    Congratulations, madame.

  56. Reply
    s
    April 15, 2017 at 3:31 am

    congratulations!! i remember you being super stressed about that a couple of months ago. now you just need to move back to dc. 😉 haha!!

  57. Reply
    Maria Marti
    April 15, 2017 at 4:57 am

    Congratulations!!! Now you can leave the bar behind and start looking ahead.

  58. Reply
    Nancy Butler
    April 15, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Aww, Belle, SO happy for you, and impressed with you, as always!! You earned it all, now I hope you can savor it.

    And while I’m at it–I’ve been a daily reader for years, but rarely comment–thank you for all you have given to all of us, it has been a delight to follow your journey from DC through law school, inspiring and so real.

    Time to celebrate, kiddo!!

  59. Reply
    Cara
    April 15, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Congratulations Abra! I am so happy to hear that. My cousin just passed on his second attempt as well! Can’t wait to hear what kind of legal work you would like to do when you are hired by a lucky employer!

  60. Reply
    Jess
    April 15, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Congrats!!!!!

  61. Reply
    Orla
    April 15, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Congrats!!

  62. Reply
    Maria
    April 15, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Enhorabuena Belle! All your hard work paid off! Whatever may be next, many blessings to you.

  63. Reply
    Leila
    April 15, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    So exciting! Congratulations on your hard work and this accomplishment (one of many!!). Bravo!

  64. Reply
    Sarah
    April 15, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Congratulations on passing the bar!!!

  65. Reply
    Kris
    April 16, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Congratulations! What wonderful news!

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    Liz
    April 16, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Congratulations on passing the bar!

  67. Reply
    Bb5
    April 16, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Yes!!!! Congrats!

  68. Reply
    Victoria
    April 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS! Well done!

  69. Reply
    Leigh
    April 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Congratulations! Rock on!

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    Jennifer
    April 16, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Congratulations! What wonderful news!

  71. Reply
    Elisa
    April 17, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Congratulations!!

  72. Reply
    Mercedes
    April 17, 2017 at 8:10 am

    CONGRATS on passing the bar!! I still remember the relief when I found out I had passed mine (and the anxiety proceeding it!) So happy for you!

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    Another Mary
    April 17, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Congratulations!

    (And apparently you have several followers named Mary :))

  74. Reply
    Mrs. Jones
    April 17, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Congratulations Belle!

  75. Reply
    J.So
    April 17, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Adding to the long line — Congratulations! Very happy for you.

  76. Reply
    Jamie J
    April 17, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Congratulations! You must be soooo relieved!! 🙂

  77. Reply
    Merrell
    April 17, 2017 at 10:59 am

    What a relief! SO many congrats!

  78. Reply
    Erin
    April 17, 2017 at 11:49 am

    SO EXCITED FOR YOU

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    Emily
    April 17, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Congrats on passing the bar, and thank you for sharing your experiences with your readers. So often we see just the polished, public face of bloggers, and no indication that their lives include emotions and struggle like the rest of us. Your candidness is inspiring!

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    Annie
    April 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Congratulations. It’s wonderful you achieved this goal!

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    JLC
    April 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Just now seeing this – HUGE CONGRATS! My husband took the July ’16 bar and totally had the same shocked reaction. It was more relief than anything – a catharsis of anxiety haha. To this day he will still look at me and go “I’m a lawyer. I passed the bar.” as if he still can’t believe it.

  82. Reply
    Kathryn
    April 17, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Longtime reader/lurker sending a big congratulations!!!!

  83. Reply
    Jessica
    April 17, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    YES! YAY! YAY! I hope you celebrated all weekend!

  84. Reply
    Jill
    April 17, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I have no idea who Aaron Rodgers is. Also, CONGRATULATIONS, BELLE!

  85. Reply
    MX
    April 18, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Congratulations!!!

  86. Reply
    Xochitl
    April 18, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Congratulations!! That’s great news!

  87. Reply
    Liz
    April 18, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Been reading (and loving) for years–I rarely comment but had to come out of the woodwork to say Congratulations!!!

    Your candor has been so refreshing! I love following along your journey and know you will kick ass in this next part of your story!

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    Flo.
    April 19, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    That’s great, congrats!!!

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    Anna
    April 21, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    That’s a HUGE deal! Congrats!!!

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