Today has been a mismatch of wonderful things happening against a backdrop of bad news that sneaks in even when you don’t watch the news or read the paper. There are always those massive events that people need to process with others. Luckily this showed up in my inbox tonight from School of Life
On the weekend I listened to Brene Brown reading her new book, Braving the Wilderness. It was perfect for me right now. Read all her books and watch all the TED talks. It led to a lot of self reflection and recognition of ways I can do connection better, connection to myself first and then to others.
Today was great in real life. Lots of wins all round. Our crowdfunding campaign is going great. It’s important to us, not just for the funding to do a fun event (although that is pretty important), but to launch our Gippsland based crowdfunding platform. If we don’t fund our own projects it will be impossible to encourage others to ask. ReActivate Base has been set up to give all the people of Gippsland a place to appeal to other Gippslandians a pitching voice about their passion projects.
There’s a full moon on Friday and if it’s keeping you awake – read some posts about it. These are both enjoyable reflections.
Early Friday (4.41am) the moon is full in Australia.
Aries Full Moon: Keep Fighting
Aries Full Moon: Born This Way
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is part of the joy of this time of the year for me. Admittedly I haven’t got to catch many live shows in April in the last few years but I caught the debate on ABC. Tracy Spicer stole the show.
I love April for sunflowers like those below by local artist Ian Mitchell. Hopes for this season were not realised, yet the artist response captured the experience. Many hands and cooperation were required to achieve a field of sunflowers. I’ve had many learning experiences this summer about our community.
Easter Sunday is as good a day as any to bring this back from the dead.
I’ve had a week long staycation with a couple of family visits and friend catchups and conversations. I read and listened to podcasts. I watched ‘Wild’ which led to listening to the Tim Ferris(TF) podcast with Cheryl Strayed. She was talking about her writing process and having to book into a motel and do it in chunks. I started listening to Design Matters with Debbie Millman since Christmas and have a stack to catch up on. I listened to Debbie Millman’s second podcast with TF. I loved the part about her morning routine, even though I don’t have a dog.
I read this article that was fascinating – The Web Wide World by Mark Pesce. There is a lot to think about and remember in that article. I’ve read it over three days because my concentration span isn’t what it used to be.
Venus went direct yesterday. One less thing to be retro about, I’m still examining the effects. There have been shifts.
Easter is my favourite holiday of the year. I like that it’s a different date each year. Autumn weather is my favourite – the light is just right.