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.
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.
I can’t resist a booklist. I was going to write a good booklist, but that wouldn’t be true. I will click on almost any booklist. I look at the list and then see how many great and recommended books I still haven’t read.
Once upon a time when I started my blog, I used to review every book I read. I don’t have time to do that anymore, but I indulge in Goodreads as often as I can to update what I’ve read- never as much as I would like, I really enjoy seeing what friends read too, it’s like a personal recommendation.
So tonight on this full moon night that I can’t resist staying up for, even though there may be cloud cover, I’m thinking about booklists and what informs our reading. Is this a Taurus thing? Comfort seeking?? I like to read books recommended by my friends, sometimes ‘friends I haven’t met that I read/listen to or watch’. Trusted sources, I love a new source though.
I don’t continue reading/listening or watching something that I don’t enjoy. There are a handful of authors/speakers or directors/actors/writers/bloggers that I will persist with. It’s almost sad that the list keeps getting shorter. There is abundance now.
I’d love to hear how you decide to read a book? What are the telltale signs or a trusted source for you?