Bloom where you're planted!

Oct 07, 2015


Crenna Brumwell

Crenna Brumwell has served as the assistant city attorney with the City of Dubuque since 2006. She is graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa College of Law.

Lisa Bloom’s Think is, pardon the turn of word, but thought provoking. I enjoyed the reading and feel Bloom is a kindred spirit (daughter, mother, attorney). First and foremost, Dubuque is referenced on page 70, so if you read Think and make it to page 70 bloom will have hooked you. (Note: She advocates giving a book 50 pages and if it hasn’t captured you, let it go and move on).

First, Bloom presents some frightening statistics related to young girls today; mothers, aunts, grandmothers, and friends be fearful and take immediate action to intervene! I intend to focus more on her solutions than problems. Bloom offers many morsels of wisdom to incorporate into every day life. I am unable to summarize all, but here are a few worthy of instant incorporation:

  • Reclaim time for yourself and devote that time to thinking/reading/working out. You can do all three at once with a good book, a treadmill, and a steady shelf!
  • How do you have it all? Remember, housework is not your job. Hire someone, assign chores, and share responsibility.
  • Kids can be miserable sometimes, it builds character. Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT solve your children’s problems, do NOT entertain your children. If they are bored, give them some chores.
  • Read, read, read. How? During your workout, during your commute (audiobook), listen to a book when prepping supper, find a few minutes whenever you can. Keep your book, kindle, or iPad in your bag whenever you're on the move.
  • Get the facts for yourself, ask questions.
  • Reduce your time with glossy magazines, electronics, and TV. Not cold turkey, but indulging as a treat for finishing a book perhaps.

I read a lot already, so my takeaway is to start small. I will start by turning on the news in the morning as I get ready for work as opposed to listening to music. Step by step, I will embrace knowledge, read more, look at heavy issues both locally and around the globe, and remember that girls rule – and we should support each other both in the first world and elsewhere.