I recently wrote this short note....
Every single August for at least a decade I feel the same way. Bummed the summer is ending. Wishing I could live amongst big mountains. And excited about returning to school. Talk about bittersweet. Man, I feel like I'm living a tug-o-war.
Hence, my bad attitude lately. I'm a curmudgeon - a word a didn't even know how to spell until right now. Like one second ago now.
Part of the problem is I spent my summer living like this photo below in Western North Carolina, chasing waterfalls, and swimming in that state's exhilarating rivers. Miss O agreed; western NC is delightful.
To get over my bad self, Jackie and I are going bananas and giving away our ebook for free. Yep, you heard me. F-R-E-E. Why? Because it was her idea and she's crazy. I'm a curmudgeon (which I just had to look up again to spell correctly). And, it is the beginning of the school year. If there is one thing we educators need to transition from summer to back-to-school, it is good ideas and some ease. Our ebook is full of good ideas and ease (Oh, my! Now, I am an arrogant curmudgeon). But really, our ebook is full of 50+ teaching strategies to easily use with kids, teens and adults.
Please go download our ebook for free. It would decrease my bad attitude and would make the school year for you (or an educator you know) less bad attitude-y and more awesome. To do so, go to www.hellostrategies.com and add an ebook to your cart. Then, use this code to score it for free:
LETTHEFUNBEGIN2016 (expires August 21st, 2016)
If you don't teach, but know someone who does, please share this blog post with them. We need less curmudgeons in the world - especially curmudgeons who work as educators. Can you think of a worse combination - a curmudgeon who teaches?!
Oh, my -
Looking at the national and world news makes me think....
We can be + do so much better than this.
Come on, fellow humans, embrace acts of kindness not fear or hate.
PS - An educator friend, Sarah, just posted a great question that has me thinking from a place of action versus a place of hopelessness. Her question is this: How are you using your strengths (and privilege) to serve others? Thanks, Sarah! That is exactly the mindshift I needed.
You know how much I adore, (life) coach Sue. She literally is one of the top five most impactful people in my life. And, just when I thought she couldn't inject more awesome into the world, she has. Sue wrote a book and there's a Kickstarter campaign to go with it. Here, I'll let her tell you about it....
Take it away, Sue....
Take it away, Sue....
Curiosity is the engine that drives all connection, relationships, and innovation. And if we all show up in a curious way in our lives, we will be happier, and so will those around us. Curiosity moves us.
What compelled me to action.
A few years ago I read a book by Margaret Wheatley that reached down into me and spoke to my core, to my most primal self. It is called “Turning to One Another” and it is all about thinking together in conversation. This line changed my life and inspired me to run with that idea and eventually create the Curiosity Project and this book, “That’s a Really Good Question”. We can change the world if we start being curious again.
What’s in this book.
This book explores how being curious will help us build relationships, create safer communities, allows us to become more engaged, be more personally invested in our world, and possibly most important, curiosity motivates us to learn. And this book isn't just about conversation. It's about all the ways that curiosity weaves itself into our lives and our world. How it makes us better leaders, better friends, better educators, and better partners. How it makes us happier and healthier.
Why I wrote it.
I believe in this because I've experienced it, and I've lived it. Our world is in a place of disconnection but I believe it wants to change. And we want it to change. Help make that happen. Be a part of the movement. Start your curiosity revolution by supporting this project.
What’s in it for you.
There are many ideas in this book, some you will connect with and some you may not. If you find one thing in this book that makes your life better then that’s enough for me because that one thing could lead to many other things. My only hope is that you get curious.
Sue, YES to curiosity! I personally think curiosity and the willingness to be open to it might single-handedly change the world.
So proud of you, Sue! Now, who wants to support her Kickstarter campaign with me?
I don't buy a lot of books because I am a lover of our awesome public library system in my county, but these four books I do own and I highly recommend 'em.
Unthink - This is a simple read and like the title suggests, it is a great kick-starter for thinking more creatively and freely.
Orbiting the Giant Hairball - I cannot believe how often I recommend this book in my coaching practice. It seems most people including me could lean into this metaphor a bit more. What hairballs are you orbiting?
Big Magic - I love this newest release from Elizabeth Gilbert. Not only did I dig the messaging and theme, but her writing has evolved into something I really admire. I didn't see it sold at Costco recently, but that's where I bought mine at a discount.
Drive - Daniel Pink, my favorite author; Need I say more? Please read this 2011 release if you are a parent, educator, or business owner. You need to know what three things motivates all humans.
Now, what do you recommend I read this summer? Leave a comment below or email me.