No prizes for guessing what my big non-work focus is this week… yep, Eurovision! I can’t explain why it makes me so happy but, like most things, I find it best not to over-analyse the joy I get from this annual gathering of genuinely powerful songs combined with others featuring clunky lyrics and over-the-top staging. See below for one of my OTT favourites from this year’s competition. Be warned: spoilers from Semi-Final 1 below so if you haven’t already seen it (such as those of you in Australia holding out for the Friday/Saturday/Sunday night spectacles on SBS) then consider jumping over my notes about the contest below.
So 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 is all about forgiving yourself. It’s another one that’s been requested a few times so I hope you enjoy it. And thanks so much for the continued growth, I’m up to 127 countries at last check (on 30 April – I only look monthly now so I’m not getting hung up on stats that are outside of my control) and well over 310,000 downloads. Consider me a very grateful man-boy who is happy to be able to keep on doing what he loves doing week after week. Thank you. 🙂
My favourite things this week:
1. Event — Eurovision Song Contest
It’s that time of year… Eurovision week has arrived! I’ve been overjoyed by the number of you who saw my posts on social (mainly Instagram Stories) about my excitement for this week so thanks for reaching out and sharing your lovely stories with me, one of the best things about social media is being able to connect with people from all over the world who have similar interests. So Semi-Final 1 has happened and Australia didn’t get through for the first time ever… and I have to say I’m not surprised. No disrespect to Montaigne but Technicolour was just not the right song. Is it just me? I’m trying to be charitable here however there seem to be a number of underwhelming songs sent by countries who are just hoping not to win so they don’t have to host next year. Controversial opinion? Oh well! Regardless, some of my favourites got through including Lithuania (my #1 favourite), Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Malta and Ukraine.
Speaking of Ukraine… remember last week when I said #BeWeird? Here’s the Ukrainian entry to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, SHUM (Шум which translates as NOISE) by Go_A. If you’re looking for post-apocalyptic Ukrainian folk-trance music celebrating the rites of Spring then this should satisfy you for three minutes. By the way, their entry last year Solovey (Соловей which translates as Nightingale) was sublime – totally different but also a mash-up of traditional folk music with pop and it made me very happy… you can watch it here if you’d like some more.
2. Social media — A timely (work) reminder… by @thrive [via Instagram]
I’m a hug fan of Thrive Global, founded by Arianna Huffington, and they’ve been sharing some fantastic simple ideas throughout all of May (as it’s Mental Health Month in the US). This email thing is one that I’ve seen with many people and I’m looking at some ideas to share content around better mental health at work in the next few months, so if you’re interested let me know (and feel free to send me questions you’d like me to cover).
3. Social media — A note about FEAR reposted by @thebroadplace… [via Instagram]
The Broad Place is a global school focused on creativity and high grade living, and I’ve been loving their Instagram for ages now. This is a repost but I’m sharing it specifically as The Broad Place since their content is worth checking out for regular inspiration.
Tip of the week for better mental health:
When you have a reaction to something that is going on outside of you, acknowledge it and then put it aside for a few hours or even a few days. Then come back to it with fresh eyes and consider it more thoughtfully. Generally once the heat of emotion has died down, we are better able to look at things in a more objective and rational way.
Quote of the week:
“Don’t forget, while you’re busy doubting yourself, someone else is admiring your strength.”Kristen Butler
My content this week:
Thanks for reading and enjoy your week! JG 🙂