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LEGO Serious Play

I recently completed LEGO Serious Play training with certification to facilitate their proprietary method of bringing teams together to develop the ability to find novel and creative solutions to problems of all sizes.

LEGO Serious Play will be provided as part of the program for CreSpaTreat Creative Retreats.

For more information please email me or visit the LEGO Serious Play website.

Books

So many books have helped me become the person I am. I continue to learn and grow from the books I read and the ones I write. (One so far, to be exact!)

It has been quite an interesting journey, one of millions of words, to get to this point. Fun and rewarding, yet very challenging. Not something I was prepared for when I started and I feel equally unprepared now. But I keep putting pen to paper! Join me on this fantastic adventure into what it means to be creative.

For the Body

  • Clean by Dr. Alejandro Junger
  • 6 Weeks To A New Body by Maureen Hagan
  • It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen
  • Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon

For the Soul

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, check out 10 Powerful Life Lessons From The Alchemist
  • The Gifts Of Imperfection by Brene Brown
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  • Rising Strong by Brene Brown
  • Gift From The Sea by Ann Morrow Lindbergh
  • Living Juicy by SARK
  • All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum

Videos

My children introduced me to YouTube when they were still tweens. For me, the platform represents some of the most amazing content to be shared in a very long time. The only challenge is – the wild west nature of it all. It is hard to find what you like and many people my age, give up too early. Because of the vast amount of choice and the frequency at which new videos are uploaded, it does take some time to find the niche you are interested in.

But, don’t despair! Sign up for a google account, (if you don’t have one already), and get started! When you find something you like, press the little thumbs up button. You could also leave a nice comment. And the ultimate compliment to give the creator is to press the red subscribe button. Go ahead and have fun!

For Learning

  • Start With Why by Simon Sinek
  • Thrive by Arianna Huffington
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  • The Woman Who Changed Her Brain by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young
  • The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

For Imagination

  • Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee
  • Anne Of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  • Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
  • The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
  • Leaving Home: A Collection Of Lake Wobegon Stories by Garrison Keillor
  • Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris
  • The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
  • Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • The Curve Of Time by Wylie Blanchet
  • The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  • Vancouver: A Novel by Alison Griffiths and David Cruise
  • Ines Of My Soul by Isabel Allende
  • Oryx And Crake by Margaret Atwood, (first in a series of 3 novels)
  • Things I Learned From Knitting by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
  • Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris, (2nd in a series after Chocolat)
  • Runemarks by Joanne Harris, (first in a 3 book series of teen lit about Norse mythology)

Podcasts

Podcasts are a great way to be entertained or learn something new while on the go. Standing on the train or riding on the bus, I love to tuck into a good podcast.

  • Akimbo – a podcast from Seth Godin. Akimbo’s a podcast about our culture and about how we can change it. About seeing what’s happening and choosing to do something.
  • Hidden Brain – Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.
  • Making Sense – Join Sam Harris—neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author—as he explores some of the most important questions about the human mind, society, and current events.
  • On Being with Krista Tippett – A Peabody Award-winning public radio show and podcast. What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other? Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives.
  • Oprah’s SuperSoul Converstaions
  • Malcolm Gladwell Revisionist History
  • TED Radio Hour – Guy Raz explores the emotions, insights, and discoveries that make us human. The TED Radio Houris a narrative journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.
  • TED Interview – Head of TED Chris Anderson speaks with some of the world’s most interesting people to dig into the provocative and powerful ideas of our time.
  • Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard – Welcome to the Armchair Expert, a podcast that celebrates the messiness of being human.

Courses

Courses, seminars, retreats or workshops – online or in real life, the options are endless! It is a fantastic new world for learning, meeting people, experiencing new ideas. There is no limit to what is being offered. Let your fingers do the walking on the keyboard and see what fits your interest and budget. Some are even free!

Early on I discovered e-courses. I like to joke that I have completed a masters degree in ‘life’ by taking all the courses that have interested me along the way. I feel learning through e-courses, particularly self paced ones, lets me explore my thoughts and feelings, matching up to the presented material that is just not possible in physical classroom setting.

Here are some noteworthy ones I have taken:

Let’s not also forget, there is value in attending a seminar, workshop or course – IRL, otherwise known as In Real Life!

  • Attended 2 years of The World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon
  • Took a class to learn about using the Annie Sloan chalk paint system
  • Followed the book, 6 Weeks To A New Body by Maureen Hagan to give myself a new body!
Good for the Planet

Un-Paper Towels

It seems crazy to me to be literally throwing away trees!

These super absorbent un-paper towels were quick and easy to make and will last for years. We keep a nice big stack in a top drawer in the kitchen for the spills and cleanups that are a part of every day life. Simply throw them in the laundry with some bleach and reuse. When they get too stained for the kitchen, they move to my husbands shop for another life cycle out there!