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I just finished reading Canadian Olympian speed skater and cyclist Clara Hughes’ memoir Open Heart, Open Mind. I was impressed with her detailed memories and ability to articulate herself. Her personal struggles as a female athlete were all too familiar. Another reader’s review from the page I’ve linked below sums up my feelings about it well. “It’s a fairly deceptive book in that at just 224 pages I was surprised by how in-depth this book was. It was an emotional and mental roller-coaster that I truly revelled in experiencing and I could have read many more pages just to soak in more of the amazing spirit and inspirational attitude of Clara Hughes. This book will run you through the full gauntlet of emotions as you share in this champion’s wins and losses as well as her experiences dealing with mental illness, but ultimately you’ll be left feeling greatly enriched. I know I was. I especially enjoyed reading about her experiences with Right to Play International and many other outreach programs in which she is involved.”
A humorous video on dichotomy challenging us to think differently about our differences.
Alok Vaid-Menon is a trans/national South Asian writer, performer, and solidarity activist. Alok has organized with racial, economic, and gender justice movements across the world. Their creative and political work grapples with questions of diaspora, trauma, race, and desire. Alok currently serves as a staff member of the Audre Lorde Project, a community organizing center for and by LGBT people of color, and is on tour with DARKMATTER, a trans South Asian spoken word collaboration. You can read more of their work at www.returnthegayze.com
I’m so proud of my friend Leigh. Check out this interview she did with Left Field about becoming a Heavy Duty Mechanic. She followed her heart and is proof that women can do anything they put their minds to.
I found this to be an emotional video and a good reminder for all of us to openly appreciate the beautiful people in our lives.
I recently downloaded Tabata Songs to play during my workouts to make my interval training more efficient and fun. Tabata Songs are music tracks written, performed, and recorded specifically for Tabata Interval Training (4 minute workouts of 20/10 intervals). Each Tabata Songs track gives you 10 seconds of prep time, with the actual workout beginning at the 10 second mark. They also give you the option to have a coach count you in and out of each interval (“3, 2, 1, go!”) or you can choose to simply follow the instrumental music without a coach.
The beauty of this exercise music is that you can download it to your phone or ipod and take it anywhere -“whether you are sprinting on a track, squatting in the gym, or curling rocks at the beach.” You don’t have to limit yourself or your workout. “Just press play, Let the music be your coach…”
For more information about Tabata Training and the benefits, please click the following link: http://tabatasongs.com/what-is-tabata/
how to banish forearm and elbow pain, burn calories, build endurance & maintain muscle while writing
Have you ever dealt with frustrating wrist pain or carpal tunnel or tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow or climber’s elbow – pain that is aggravated by typing and computer work?
Have you ever wished you could walk one, five or ten miles while still being able to work on a book, a project, or a paper?
Have you ever wished you could simply talk your thoughts into existence, and have them appear in your emails, documents, books and more?
Then this podcast episode is for you.
During this discussion, you’ll discover:
-How author Joanna Penn developed chronic repetitive motion injuries in her wrist, and why ergonomic keyboards and an ergonomic computer mouse weren’t working for her…
-Why Joanna decided to go way above and beyond simply using a standing workstation or treadmill desk…
-How Joanna is simultaneously working on multiple books while also training for an ultramarathon…
-Whether you can really, truly be creative while standing or walking, and why it’s a myth that you need to sit to write effectively…
-The exact tools, microphones and software that Joanna has found to work very well for dictation…
-A book that will teach you exactly how to dictate quickly and effectively…
-How to “train” your computer to recognize your voice and accent…
-How to enhance productivity with ambient noise and focus apps…
-And much more!
The older I get, the more I appreciate the therapeutic value of working outside in our yard and reading a good book. Marcus Tullius Cicero said that “if you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need” and I agree with that. I would just add “good health” and “family” to the list.
“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.”
― Brené Brown,