bits and bobs, Learning, Mind, Try this at home

Bits and Bobs- June

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Hello, beautiful friends. How is it June already? I found some interesting things around the internet that I wanted to share with you.

  • Ambassadors recommend one book to read before visiting their country.
  • English writer Raffaella Barker tells us how not to be an invisible woman.
  • The United States of Japan: Japan’s cultural influence on the U.S.
  • “Everyone should have a museum dedicated to the worst day of their life and be forced to attend it with a bunch of tourists from Denmark.” Wow. This segment on This American Life was so powerful.
  • Apparently June 1, 2018 was a special day and I missed a golden opportunity to celebrate. The date- 1/6/18 (using European conventions)- lines up with the first four digits of the golden ratio.
  • 25 Ways To Kill The Toxic Ego That Will Ruin Your Life. While I don’t love the violent rhetoric around ego-killing, I thought this piece had some interesting advice.
  • If, like me, you’re fascinated by the Pygmalion Effect and the way expectations influence performance, you’ll enjoy The Pygmalion Effect: Proving Them Right. Fun fact, I wrote a one act play in college that was basically a retelling of the Pygmalion story. Have you heard of Pygmalion’s opposite effect, the Golem Effect? Your expectations, high or low, can have a huge impact.
  • After reading my post on Perception, my wonderful friend KKaye sent me this fascinating piece on 200 Years of Blue. Explore the “cerulean splendor from Goethe, Thoreau, Virginia Woolf, Vladimir Nabokov, Rachel Carson, Toni Morrison, and other literary masters.”

P.S. I am looking for a fast-paced, binge-worthy, gripping podcast or audiobook. Basically something that will make me want to go on more walks and runs just so I have an excuse to listen. Nothing too violent and no true crime, please. Any suggestions?

Connect with self, Happiness, Learning, Mind, Try this at home

What’s Your Story?


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Rethinking Your Personal Narrative

Have you ever noticed how two people can come from nearly identical situations, but tell completely different stories about their lives? Maybe they both survived a tragedy, but one is a victim and the other is a survivor. Maybe one is wise and uses her experience to help others, while the other hides away in fear. Same situation, different stories.

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Home life, Try this at home, Writing

Important and Not Urgent

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Last year, I finally got around to reading Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It took me ages. Although this book came out almost 30 years ago, there was still a waitlist at my local library.  Once I finally got a copy, it took me a surprisingly long time to read. I found it to be incredibly soothing– too soothing, obviously–because I kept nodding off every time I sat down to read it. In the meantime, I was moderately effective at best. 🙂

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