Hi there, remember me? I decided to take a break from blogging to focus on my coaching course, which has proven to be more work than originally anticipated. 🙂
I tend to suffer from the endlessly optimistic ‘how hard can it be’ attitude and it tends to get me into trouble on a regular basis. For example I was seriously toying with an idea of entering an ultra-marathon this summer. Background info: I have never ran anything longer than 10km! 😉
The same attitude was used when I applied for my course. Once I fully grasped the amount of work that needs to be invested into my three essays, I threw myself a pity-party that lasted a while, and which involved
some lots of chocolate and turned into an even darker party after my ankle was diagnosed as possibly ‘damaged’ and running has been out of question.
Also, remember that slow-reading experiment I talked about here? Well, it’s going so well that I haven’t finished a book in more than a month… actually, that’s a lie. I have finished a few psychology / coaching non-fiction books but the fiction reading is somehow on hold these days.
And, so you don’t think I’m not complaining enough… I need reading glasses. Yes, that age has come my friends… 😉
OK, now the what is bugging me is out of the way, let’s take a look at what I have been enjoying lately.
Despite moaning about the amount of work required for my coaching postgrad certificate, I have been loving every minute of it. I enjoy both the academic side as well as the practical applications of it. I developed a special place in my heart for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which can be rather neatly applied into coaching, and am toying with an idea of signing up for a formal course on it once the coaching qualification is out of the way… because ‘how hard can it be, eh?’. 😉
Book-wise, I have read quite a few non-fiction books (course related) as well as finished Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead book.
‘One of the most important findings of my career is that courage can be taught, developed and measured. Courage is a collection of four skill sets supported by twenty-eight behaviours. All it requires is a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts. Easy? No. Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and work. It’s why we’re here.’
~Dare to Lead, Brené Brown
I have noticed that I have slowed the non-fiction reading process significantly – I take many notes, highlight and write into text as well. I have a legit excuse to wonder around stationary stores to get the right highlighters, notepads and everything else, that may be needed. Heaven! 🙂
I haven’t read any fiction recently but have watched some TV to unwind. I am seriously hooked on two shows at the moment: The Handmaid’s Tale and Dietland.
You can probably sense a theme here – both of these shows have strong feminist vibes and do make me think a lot.
I am completely blown away by how bleak and brutal the The Handmaid’s Tale is. Margaret Atwood wrote the book, the series is based on, back in 1985 and I need to read it ASAP. I am seriously disturbed by Atwood’s dystopian future and I want to scream every time I entertain some of those possibilities. I also think Elisabeth Moss is completely mesmerising (I was her big fan in Mad Men). She pulled me in convincingly and I have been living her nightmare with her ever since. I really recommend the show and hopefully, will feel the same way about the original story behind it as well. Disclaimer: if you get triggered easily, proceed with care – it’s completely messed up, the story cuts very deep.
I appreciate how Dietland looks at the ‘ beauty ideals’ and how it questions what it means to be a woman. Its humour is very dark and there have been times when I honestly didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Its messaging hit me pretty hard and I am planning on reading the original book, Dietland by Sarai Walker shortly as well.
That’s it for now my friends. I am likely to carry on working on my University essays but you can catch me at the Space Fleet and I will be writing reviews again once my workload eases off a bit.
Thanks for reading and being here, I really appreciate you all. Till next time! ❤️