Workday Reading

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 comments

  1. Shruti says:

    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. 🙂

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  2. Laura says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!

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  3. Jenette says:

    Yay! Awesome job, Belle. Congrats.

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    • Margaret L. says:

      So happy for you! Congratulations!

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  4. Erin says:

    Mazel tov!

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  5. JEssica says:

    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.

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  6. jbindc says:

    Congrats!! Great news!

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  7. Mariya Krol says:

    congrats on the bar! huge!

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  8. Crystal says:

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

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  9. Lo says:

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

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  10. Cheryl says:

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

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  11. Rachel says:

    That’s a huge accomplishment, congrats!!!

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  12. Erika says:

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

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  13. Whitney Gibbs says:

    Congratulations, Belle! Loved watching you on this journey.

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  14. Kristen says:

    Congratulations!!

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  15. TinaLou says:

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

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  16. Monica Carmean says:

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

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  17. Karen says:

    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!

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  18. Katie says:

    Congrats!!! Amazing news!!

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  19. Dina Chavez says:

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

    April 14, 2017/Reply
  20. Mallory says:

    Congratulations, Belle!

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  21. Christine says:

    Congratulations!!!

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  22. geecee says:

    Congratulations!

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  23. Kayla Byers says:

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

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  24. espie says:

    congratulations!!!

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  25. Jenn says:

    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. 🙂

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  26. Carolyn says:

    Congratulations!

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  27. Monica T says:

    Congratulations, that is so great!! Celebrate!

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  28. Sharon says:

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

    April 14, 2017/Reply
  29. nancy m. says:

    YAY!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

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  30. Erica says:

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

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  31. Valerie says:

    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!

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  32. Lexi says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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  33. Ann says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

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  34. Jess says:

    Way to go!!!!!

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  35. LTH says:

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

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  36. Emily says:

    Congrats!!!!!

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  37. Sarah says:

    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).

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  38. Lynn says:

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

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  39. Keilexandra says:

    CONGRATS, we all knew you could do it!

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  40. PHX says:

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

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  41. Ari says:

    Congrats on passing the bar!!

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  42. Nicole says:

    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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  43. Tif says:

    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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  44. Carolyn says:

    So happy for you – congratulations!

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  45. wellfedfred says:

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

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  46. Sheril says:

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

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  47. MsMaryMary says:

    Congratulations! We knew you could do it.

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  48. Pam says:

    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.

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  49. Anna says:

    Congrats!

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  50. Valerie says:

    Congratulations! Enjoy every moment!

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  51. Sarah says:

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

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  52. Mary says:

    Congratulations!!

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  53. Julia says:

    Congratulations! Welcome to the bar!

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  54. Jenn S. says:

    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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  55. Brrrrunchtastic says:

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

    Congratulations, madame.

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  56. s says:

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

    April 15, 2017/Reply
  57. Maria Marti says:

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

    April 15, 2017/Reply
  58. Nancy Butler says:

    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!!

    April 15, 2017/Reply
  59. Cara says:

    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!

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  60. Jess says:

    Congrats!!!!!

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  61. Orla says:

    Congrats!!

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  62. Maria says:

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

    April 15, 2017/Reply
  63. Leila says:

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

    April 15, 2017/Reply
  64. Sarah says:

    Congratulations on passing the bar!!!

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  65. Kris says:

    Congratulations! What wonderful news!

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  66. Liz says:

    Congratulations on passing the bar!

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  67. Bb5 says:

    Yes!!!! Congrats!

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  68. Victoria says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! Well done!

    April 16, 2017/Reply
  69. Leigh says:

    Congratulations! Rock on!

    April 16, 2017/Reply
  70. Jennifer says:

    Congratulations! What wonderful news!

    April 16, 2017/Reply
  71. Elisa says:

    Congratulations!!

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  72. Mercedes says:

    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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  73. Another Mary says:

    Congratulations!

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

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  74. Mrs. Jones says:

    Congratulations Belle!

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  75. J.So says:

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

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  76. Jamie J says:

    Congratulations! You must be soooo relieved!! 🙂

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  77. Merrell says:

    What a relief! SO many congrats!

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  78. Erin says:

    SO EXCITED FOR YOU

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  79. Emily says:

    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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  80. Annie says:

    Congratulations. It’s wonderful you achieved this goal!

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  81. JLC says:

    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.

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  82. Kathryn says:

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

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  83. Jessica says:

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

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  84. Jill says:

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

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  85. MX says:

    Congratulations!!!

    April 18, 2017/Reply
  86. Xochitl says:

    Congratulations!! That’s great news!

    April 18, 2017/Reply
  87. Liz says:

    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!

    April 18, 2017/Reply
  88. Flo. says:

    That’s great, congrats!!!

    April 19, 2017/Reply
  89. Anna says:

    That’s a HUGE deal! Congrats!!!

    April 21, 2017/Reply