Points of Leverage: 5th Edition

The intention of C-lever Points of Leverage is to support you in your own development and growth as a leader and a human by sharing my journey of the same.  I hope you find it useful.


What I’m trying – 

Hyperice Sphere – Vibrating Therapy Ball –  I started working out with a new trainer recently and I think he was trying to figure out my baseline or something.  After a first workout that included a grueling series of pull ups, chin ups (assisted, of course), sled pushes and pulls, tire flips and TRX pikes, I was toasty, achy and sore.   I’ve started using this vibrating ball like a combo pack of trigger-point and massage therapy.  The muscles definitely feel way better after using this tendon tenderizer.


What I’m reading – 

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me – A Black Woman Discovers her Family’s Nazi Past – A couple of years ago, Ken and I bought a house in Duck, North Carolina, a tiny town on the strip of land in the state’s Outer Banks.  We love it because we can walk everywhere, including to a small, local bookstore/coffee shop, Duck Cottage.  The bookstore’s owner must be curating their limited offerings just for me because I find a book I love every time I go. That’s where I found this book.  It’s the story of a black woman who was browsing through the self-help section of the central library where she lived in Hamburg, Germany and stumbled upon a book titled “I Have to Love My Father Don’t I?:The Life Story of Monica Goeth, daughter of the Concentration Camp Commander in Schindlers List.”  She recognized the black and white photo of the author on the cover – It was her biological mother.

It’s a fascinating story of how this young black woman uncovered her biological family’s dark past.  While the author isn’t a professional writer, the story is compelling enough on its own.  Definitely worth the read.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry – I’m not sure why I originally picked up this book.  I don’t read much fiction.  But since reading this book by author, Fredrik Bachman, I’ve read pretty much everything he’s written and loved it.  It’s the story of seven-year-old Elsa and her seventy-seven-year-old grandmother, who is her best and only friend.  Elsa’s grandmother spins stories of make believe that entrance and connect them both.  When Elsa’s grandmother dies, she leaves a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, sending Elsa on a treasure hunt of sorts to deliver them.  It’s one of those books you just have to read.  (And oh when I thought of the book with Grandfather in the title I remembered this one by coincidence.)


What I’m watching – 

Rocketman – I came of age listening to Elton John.  He’s had 57 top 40 hits, second only to Elvis. Ken and Cole and I can’t wait to see Taron Egerton in Rocketman, the movie.  We’ve been mainlining Elton John’s originals and Taron Egerton’s interpretation of them.  I’m loving how Taron hasn’t seemed to have felt compelled to sing all of the songs exactly like Elton John sang them.  He’s bringing his own interpretation to them which profiles his enormous talent.  (We loved him in Kingsman too)

LastWeekTonight with John Oliver – I don’t watch much TV.  I’ll find a series a like (which isn’t easy), I watch all of the episodes and then suffer a long dry spell (where I am now) when I’m not watching any TV because I can’t find anything I like.  That said, my treat when I eat lunch on Mondays is to watch John Oliver’s installment of LastWeekTonight, a hilarious grilling of topics/people in the news.  Oliver is very smart, very funny and passionate.  And he goes to extraordinary lengths to make a point, like creating the best-selling book, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, a children’s story about Vice President, Mike Pence’s rabbit, Marlon Bundo and how he finds love in the form of another boy bunny.


What I’m consuming – 

Farmers and Distillers –  This is my favorite all time restaurant located in downtown DC.   Ken and Cole took me there for Mother’s Day and I didn’t want to leave.  Theirmenu is crazy eclectic featuring items that range from chicken spring rolls and sweet potato dumplings (super yum) and Yankee Pot Roast and Southern Chicken Fried Steak and a Glazed Donut.  (The donuts are SO worth all of the exercise I have to do to get them off!)

Poppy – I forgot how much I LOVE this restaurant until I went back again recently when in Seattle.  It’s Seattle casual, yet elegant.   The menu changes regularly and there is rarely anything on it that I would typically order so I just close my eyes and see where my finger lands and it’s always fresh, deliciously flavorful and unique.  They have both small and large plates so it’s perfect for family style gathers.  (We celebrated a family gathering there recently).  Sooooo good.  And I don’t leave feeling horribly guilty, just happy.


Quotes I’m pondering – 

“What you are to be, you are now becoming.” – Carl Rogers
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are” – Anais Nin


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Take care,


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Alison Whitmire

CEO and Executive Leadership Coach, Advisor and Consultant, “Deeply Committed, Helping CEOs See Clearer, Do More”

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