July seems to have passed quickly, thanks to travelling, working and packing to move out next month. I’ve been chipping away at larger projects and stepping away from my laptop more often during evenings and weekends. I’m feeling focused and content.
The summer break from MA classes and essays has given me more time for personal reading. I’m enjoying Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & In Life, One Conversation at a Time. If you’re put off by the seemingly corporate title, I recommend giving it a chance. Susan Scott’s book contains reflective exercises for defining what your version of success looks like. It offers useful tools for holding necessary, thoughtful conversations with partners, managers and other key people.
The concept I’ve found most interesting so far has been what Scott calls the ‘emotional wake’ of conversations. How do you leave people feeling after you’ve spoken or spent time with them? Do you give people enough room to speak? It’s made me even more considerate of what I contribute to conversations and the need to listen attentively to words and non-verbal cues.
If you read it, let me know what you think.
I’ve been writing:
- Talking Wellness and Work with Natasha Lipman, Chronic Illness Blogger and Podcast Host
- Coeliacs Abroad: Florence
- Save the Date: Student Volunteering Week 2018
I’ve been reading:
- Fierce Conversations
- Dear Millennials… This is What Employers Really Mean When They Say They Want a “Grafter”
- Roe McDermott on the Limits of Self-Definition
- Moving to the Seaside
- You Can be Woke Without Waking Up to the News
I’ve been listening to:
- Famous on the Internet, Broke IRL – Strong Opinions, Loosely Held
- Activism – Late Night Woman’s Hour
- Sue Perkins – Desert Islands Discs
- Pioneers with Rachel Bloom – The Guilty Feminist Podcast
- The Museum of Homelessness – Hopeful World
I’ve been watching:
- The Manipulative Tricks Tech Companies Use to Capture Your Attention
- House of Cards
- Parks and Recreation (again)