Let’s say goodbye to the month that has been and get ready for the next with a roundup of 10 questions, recommended reading, and fun/useful links.
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Happy end-of-July, folks! How has your month been?
As I here thinking about what to write for this intro, which has become my own personal mini-reflection on the month, I’m finding it hard to think about what to tell you. Truth is, it feels like not that much has happened this month, even though I know it has. I’m finding it hard to point to something and say “This was my July,” even though I’ve been busy, things have been happening, and each day has turned over into the next.
It’s a good reminder that there are times to plant seeds, times to pat the soil (I think? <- not a gardner), water and feed them, then finally times harvest the crops. These cycles play out in our lives too, with our personal growth, our creativity, our sense of forward momentum in life as a whole. Sometimes it feels like I’m starting and exploring lots of new, exciting things. Sometimes it feels like things are clicking into place after months of hard work.
Then, there are the in-between times, when I’m showing up, doing my thing, and get to the end of the month wondering what I have to show for it. I look at everything that is “in progress” (me, work, life) and feel impatient for it to be done so I can move onto the next thing. But then, I also remember how fast time is going at the moment, how quickly my daughter is growing, and how today I’m younger than I’m ever going to be (hat tip to Regina Spektor for that thought). And I remind myself the in-between times are a necessary part of the journey and maybe not such a bad place to be after all (and, apparently, this is something I need to keep reminding myself about).
So, there, I did find something to tell you :) Where are you in your own plant-grow-harvest cycle at the moment?
10 Questions for you
- If your July had a theme, what would it be?
- What were the highlights of July for you?
- What has been the source of most growth for you during July?
- What challenged you in July?
- What lessons did you learn? What are you taking away from the last month?
- If you were to create a mantra/intention/reminder for yourself for August, what would it be?
- What would make your August truly special?
- If you were 5% kinder to yourself this month, what would you do differently?
- How can you add more adventure to your life in August?
- What is one thing you’ve been meaning to do (and maybe putting off that) you will commit to doing this month?
Articles of the Month
- 20 Questions: Your Answers May Help You Find the Right Career
- Please Stop Telling People to “Let Go” of Their Loss
- When to End a Friendship and How to Do it
- The Values-Driven Life: Let Go of Your Rules and Live with Purpose
- 4 Self-Care Techniques that Can Change Your Life
- 17 Tips for a Mindful Family Vacation
- For funsies: Inspirobot!
- How to Mindfully Make Important Life Decisions
Quote of the Month
“You are not what they think,you are what you do.” – via The Daily Stoic
Book of the Month
I haven’t done much reading the last few weeks, so this month I’m recommending an oldie but a goodie: The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden. I appreciate this book because it’s practical, down to earth, and contains insights and advice that actually work. Braden doesn’t dabble in pseudoscience or tell you to build your confidence by doing pointless activities like planking in public to get over what other people think. Instead, he outlines six foundations for true self-esteem, simple yet effective ideas and mindsets that are accessible to all of us, wherever we’re starting.
You can get a summary of 10 key lessons from the book in the Becoming Who You Are Library and get the book here.
Resource of the Month
The Creative Confidence Challenge starts 7th August! This free 7-day e-course blends theory, practice, and inspiration to kickstart your creative practice. We’ll cover useful tools and mindset shifts that will help you start—and keep—creating.
The CCC is perfect for you if:
1) You’d like to restart a creative practice that’s fallen by the wayside
2) You’re curious to dabble in more creative pursuits but don’t consider yourself a “creative person”
3) You have a creative practice and would like to add a few useful tools and mindset/perspective shifts around self-doubt, procrastination, and all the other things that stifle our creativity to your toolbox
Each day of the challenge, you’ll get a short and sweet email with that day’s inspiration/lesson. You’ll also have access to our private Facebook group where you can meet other courageous creatives and share your journey.
In case you missed it: on Becoming Who You Are this month
- How to Think About Self-Control in a Judgement-Free Way
- 8 Beautiful Journals That Will Inspire You to Write
- The Surprising Power of Negative Visualisation
- 5 Quick Self-Care Suggestions You Can Do at Any Time
- 10 Ways to Calm Anxiety Over an Upcoming Event
Wishing you a wonderful August!