What we read this year in Articles Club

9 October 2018

Tonight is the third anniversary of Articles Club!

When Stephanie and I launched our experiment three years ago — by inviting total strangers into our homes, no less — this introvert had no idea what to expect and was more than a little nervous. What a happy surprise and abundant blessing our monthly gatherings (and the ladies who gather) have been to me ever since! More than the articles we read, the gift is in tucking in around a table with ladies who are different in many ways — younger, older, married, single, mamas and not — but all united by their curious minds, care for one another, and interest in our world.

If you’ve ever wanted to start something like this, do it. And if you just want to follow along at home, read on – I’m sharing a few of the articles we read together in the last year! :)

John McCain’s Farewell Letter
Straining to Keep Faith with America

Lessons Learned from 98 Morning Routines
Routines: Comforting or Confining?
I Tried Seven Different Morning Routines – Here’s What Made Me Happiest

Sustainable Fashion
Why Consumers Forget Unethical Business Practices
Behind a $13 Shirt, a $6-an-Hour Worker
What is Sustainable Fashion and Why is it so Expensive?

Race in America
What Does it Mean to be White
Action Items for New Allies
When White Parents Won’t Integrate Public Schools

Parenting Now
How to Raise an American Adult
Seven Reasons We Hate Free-Range Parenting
12 Rules for Life

The Magic of Summer
How to Celebrate Like the Nordics
Going for a 1970s Summer
Fireworks are our Shining Stars of Summer

Being Stuck
How You Get Unstuck
Why We Feel Stuck in Life and the Secret to Dealing With It
Feeling Less than Grateful? Some People are Just Wired that Way

The Mystery of Personality
Inside the Enneagram
The Combination to Your Team’s Recurring Problem
Personality Tests are Popular, But Do They Capture the Real You?

The Truth About Beauty
Aging and My Beauty Dilemma
What Makes a Pretty Face?

Grab Bag :)
My Year of No Shopping
The Best New Year’s Game
You May Want to Marry My Husband

If you’re so inclined, I’d love for you to share an article or essay in the comments that you’re itching to discuss with someone! Maybe you’ll see it show up in next year’s Articles Club recap :)

P.S. How to host an articles club, and what we read our second year

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October 9, 2018 8:04 am

SUPER, super thankful for our articles club and the ladies in it — it’s one of the biggest blessings in my life, for sure. I can’t believe it’s already been three whole years since we began it; it’s a definite highlight of each month!! xoxox

October 9, 2018 8:29 am

So grateful for articles club and all the ladies I’ve met because of it – I feel like I become a bit wiser each time I go!

October 9, 2018 11:37 am

I love the concept of an articles club! Thanks for this list – I’ll have to check them out :) Congrats on 3 years!

Kelly Strawberry
October 10, 2018 9:58 am

So thankful for this group, the friendships, the conversation, and especially grateful to you and Stephanie for opening your homes to us each month.

October 10, 2018 12:04 pm

Haven’t been able to get this off the ground in my community yet, but I love the idea! I recently read this article in the Atlantic on how people’s perception of the relationship between luck and success can influence their own behaviors. Interesting to think about.


October 10, 2018 6:30 pm

I remember being SO nervous before my first meeting, but Articles Club has turned into one of my favorite nights every month — and I hate when I have to miss it! So thankful for you and Stephanie and your willingness to start the group!

October 15, 2018 10:00 am

Such a great list – thank you for culling all these great articles and listing them in one place!