ACK! It starts!
As usual, I have a whole list of ideas for the daily posts this month, and I will likely use none of them. Who knows, right? The goal is to practice daily writing and publishing, and do my best to make it non-drivel.
2018 has turned out to be a thick, challenging, and tumultuous year, among other things—would you agree? What have you learned? What lessons continue to revisit you? Is it not all just so fascinating? What would you write about if you had to publish something every day for 30 days straight… And try not to bore people to tears every time?
For now, I will start with the books I’m hearing (because I don’t read books as much as I listen to them these days). So many gifted writers out there, so many ideas—and they all connect in my experience, stimulating insight, understanding, humility, and inspiration. I’ll list the books here that I’ve ‘read’ this year, and then bring in articles, presentations, etc. the rest of the month—things that have meant something to me personally or professionally—often largely overlapping circles of a Venn diagram.
I predict that the overarching themes will center around self-awareness, integrity, leadership, and relationship (surprise). We shall see! As I described to my friend tonight, this will be a practice in discipline, vulnerability, and brevity. So here goes! I list the books of 2018 below, in roughly the order that I consumed them. Starting tomorrow, I will start pulling central tenets and key learnings, exploring how they apply to personal experiences in the every day. Or maybe I’ll ditch this idea and do something totally different, tomorrow, next week, or whatever. That’s the beauty of writing every day, I can just go wherever it takes me.
And so the journey begins again (continues!)—thanks for coming along!
Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo and Jill Twiss
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
Big Potential by Shawn Achor
Switch by Dan Heath and Chip Heath
Originals by Adam Grant
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
The Will Power Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
Mindset by Carol Dweck
The Big Sort by Bill Bishop
Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
How Stella Saved the Farm by Vijay Govindarajan, Chris Trimble
The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by the Arbinger Institute
A Year of Living Kindly (still reading) by Donna Cameron
Cathy-I meant to comment on the last writing about “your pit crew.” That one really touched home for me. I’ve already used it several times in conversation and in writing. One of my friend’s husband died, and I used that metaphor for her.I like this one, also. I’m interested in the list of books. I’m always reading. I think of you often. Love, Sharon
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Hi Mrs. Summers! Thank you so much for your comment, and I’m glad that the posts resonate with you. I’m sorry for your friend’s loss. I’m hearing about so many deaths lately. 😦 Thank you, as always, for reading the blog. I hope this month’s posts will be interesting enough to hold your attention! 😀
Great list. Lots of positivity–looking forward to adding some books to my TBR list based on your recommendations, Cathy!
Thanks, Donna! What are you reading these days? 😀
2018 has taught me to no longer let my life pass me by. I need to take hold of today and make it count. Life is too short to keep saying tomorrow because tomorrow never seems to come. I’ve decided that 2019 is my year. I’m an aspiring writer and have decided to dedicate 2019 to making that happen. Time to follow my dreams.
Good for you, and thank you for stopping by! Best wishes in this year of possibility!
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