The days are drawing noticeably shorter here in Australia as we barrel towards winter. I quite like winter (which may or may not have something to do with the fact I’m a winter baby, being born in early July) and there’s something comforting about cosy clothing and cups of soup (especially soup is, in my opinion, the single greatest invention humanity has ever produced in the history of history). To those of you in the northern hemisphere, I’ve been on a few calls with people in the US & UK recently and can see just how beautifully-long the days are becoming so be sure to make the most of the extra daylight hours and get outside as much as you can (in a safe way)!
Anyway, in other news it’s now less than a week until the whole Eurovision 2021 she-bang kicks off and I am like a kid getting ready for the arrival of Santa Claus (except in this case, Santa would be wearing a lot of sequins and there would be a wind machine as well as bursts of fire upon Santa’s arrival…). For anyone else celebrating Alternate Christmas (i.e. Eurovision), our two-year wait is almost over! 😁
So those are the things I’m excited about and wanted to share with you, continue on for a quick snapshot of my favourite things this week – hopefully at least one will make you smile/smirk/feel inspired. Have a fantastic week and a brilliant weekend!
PS: The next episode of the Let’s Talk About Mental Health podcast will be released on Sunday and this one is all about supporting others in a healthy way (so that you’re not giving away so much of yourself that you totally empty your own mental-energy reserves). This topic has been requested by a few listeners so I hope you find it helpful when it’s released!
My favourite things this week:
1. Video — Embracing Your Weirdness [TEDxNewcastle] by Chris Williamson [via YouTube]
This video popped up in my feed and since I’ve been making a conscious effort to lean more and more into my own weirdness in my work (since it’s a LOT more fun making videos on the YouTubes when you do what makes you laugh), this made me stop and think. Plus I thoroughly appreciated Chris making fun of his former life as a reality dating show contestant. #BeYou #BeWeird
2. Social media — Notes to self… by @nedratawwab [via Instagram]
I shared Nedra’s work last week (and a few times before) and here I am with another one… I may as well just put her feed here! But I absolutely had to share this post about green flags in relationships. Why? Because we spend so much time focused on red flags in life that it’s refreshing to see the more positive side of the conversation!
3. Video — Woodland Ambience [via YouTube]
90 minutes of a stream running. If you’d have told me five years ago that I would happily put on a video like this while I’m working I would have laughed in disbelief, yet now I find nothing to be more inspiring when working than one of these ASMR-y things. I’m off to find more of these to quench my newfound obsession…
Tip of the week for better mental health:
Get up at least once every hour, especially if you work at a desk. We get so used to being chained to whatever we’re doing that we forget to take a few minutes each hour to just stretch and reset our minds. I have found this to be exceptionally useful even when I’m in the middle of writing – I used to grumble about my concentration being interrupted but I find it actually helps me to be more productive.
Quote of the week:
“I can’t change the direction of the wind. But I can adjust my sails.”Anonymous
My content this week:
Thanks for reading and enjoy your week! JG 🙂