It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.

Listening:

From the time I was a young child, I’ve always loved the “Noguchi table.” Its design fascinated me. A seeming Mobius strip of black wood acting as a pedestal for an irregular shaped piece of glass. It looked like no other coffee table that I had ever seen before. Isamu Noguchi thought outside of the box in many ways. He was fascinated by creativity and was as motivated by making human connections with others as he was by making art. This podcast episode weaves his story as well as the impact of history on his process.

Reading:

I have long been a fan of Maria Popova’s “Brain Pickings,” a weekly curated list of interesting and thought provoking pieces that she has produced since 2006. She is constantly exploring big philosophical issues such as “What constitutes a good life?” Or “How do we navigate our personal experience of suffering or happiness?,” while at the same time weaving disparate sources together in each piece. She continues to do this in her latest work, “Figuring.” Per the amazon.com synopsis,

Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries—beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalyzed the environmental movement.

Watching:

Brené Brown unwittingly popped into millions of people’s awareness via her 2012 TED talk on shame. Viewed by 11,233,436 people and counting, she is one of the most popular TED presenters. Now Brown has brought her latest work to Netflix and has made an engaging hour long video dealing with her favorite topics: courage and vulnerability. In her signature down home style, she shares her own personal experiences of courage and vulnerability and why they are so necessary for a well-lived life. If you’ve never heard of Brené Brown before, you’re in for a treat. If you’re already a fan, this is a great reminder to keep daring greatly!

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.

See you again in two weeks,
Judy