Just Finished: Mindfulness

Mindfulness by Ellen J. Langer This book encourages active thinking. It encourages trying to look at problems and interpersonal conflicts from multiple perspectives so as to look for different options for resolutions rather than being locked into one way of doing things simply because that’s the way it’s always been done. For me, the key […]

Summer Reading: 5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Having a summer reading list shouldn’t just be for the kids.  If you’re  an entrepreneur, you should especially buy out time for reading, because it gives you knowledge and insight that can help you grow your business.  Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerburg, and hundreds of other successful business leaders devote dedicated time, […]

June 2018

The theme that continued to come up this past month was the need to focus.  We live in a world of multiple distractions.  (I write that with full awareness that if you’re reading this blog, it’s a distraction.)  It’s very easy to get side tracked from goals or creative output because of getting sucked into […]

Just Finished: Brain Rules

Brain Rules by John Medina –  This book was recommended to me by a professor of music education as a good book for learning about teaching methodology.   Even as simplified as the science is, it’s pretty heady stuff (pun intended).  However, if you do any sort of presentations or teaching, there are some good […]

May 2018

The biggest influence on my insights this month was easily Show Your Work by Austin Kleon.  I’m supposed to be reading Brain Rules (and I am) but it’s pretty heady stuff, pun intended.   I got diverted and started re-reading Steal Like An Artist by Kleon which lead me to Show Your Work.  I read […]

April 2018

Creativity is the residue of time wasted – Albert Einstein We went camping in April, and spent the majority of the time doing….nothing. My April activity balanced the needs of many new experiences with that of idle time. In our productivity centric society, the idea of wasting time is sacrilege; but this month reinforced to […]

The Read List

This list contains affiliate links, which means if you click on the link and make a purchase, I receive a small percentage of the sale at no cost to you. These links are not a paid endorsement of a product or service. 2018 Poke the Box by Seth Godin – This book was less than […]

March 2018

In March, modesty was a reoccurring theme. For me modesty means recognizing that you can’t do everything, and that if you do decide to do something (start any activity – exercise, writing, journaling, etc.) that there is going to be a trade off. For me, it is recognizing that I need to be modest in […]

February 2018

In my reflections of this past month’s journal entries, there were two key influences over my thoughts and actions for the month: Time and Poke the Box TIME: Time passes very, very quickly. When you’re involved in a number of activities within your community, the weekends quickly go by and you find little time for […]

January 2018

One of my goals for this year is to keep a daily journal. Thus far, I’ve been able to stay on track, recording a thought, sketch, reflection, etc (almost) everyday. What benefit have I really gained? My fear midway through was that this was just an exercise in navel gazing. My past journaling efforts fell […]