Happy New Year my friends and here’s hoping for better times ahead for all. Then again, we’re certainly off to a chaotic start – Covid/Omicron, the environment, Djokovic, January 6th anniversary, Betty White and Sydney Poitier passing…. Yes, definitely a fast start to the year news-wise.
As you may know, I took my first break since starting these weekend reads more than 86 weeks ago, because I needed it. With that said, it was hard!! I was reading so much amazing stuff and it felt wasteful not being able to share it with you. But it was good too, because I also took a break from reading so much news, and that is never a bad thing.
No question, I needed a big rest and I’m still not back on the horse. I started feeling absolutely exhausted in December, and it took everything to get to the end of the year, because what a year it was!
However recently, I’ve been watching lots of people posting motivational messages, encouraging people to set their goals and get ready for the year ahead. But you know what? If you’re not ready to do this yet, the world can wait a week or two. Longer if you need it.
We have ALL been going through extraordinary times and the most important thing is taking care of ourselves. Part of that care is resisting the pressure to behave in a way incongruent with how we feel right now.
So leap into the year or don’t, but neither is wrong, and please, never allow another’s ideas to make you feel like a loser or that you’re behind. I know the people who are excited for a new year do not intend for their message to land that way, but when you’re just not ready, honour it. Celebrate their enthusiasm, but don’t feel the need to follow it if it’s not you. Deal?
For me, next week is soon enough… or maybe I’ll need more time? Who knows. I’m paying attention to my mind and body at the moment, letting it lead me. Hope you’re doing the same. And if you work for a company, I hope they respect this need too.
OK let’s get stuck into the Weekend Reads!
Friend’s content and mine
Thank you to my wonderful friend Vicky Coburn, for this beautiful, heartfelt review of my book, Uncommon Courage. Have you grabbed a copy yet? Would love to know what you think!
Here is my annual collection of environment material read across 2021. I will be starting a new blog for 2022 in the coming weeks. This is great reference blog – Environment and climate crisis reference materials and articles 2021 – constantly updating
On the 1st of January it was my birthday. I decided it was a great day to talk about my mission for 2022, because this is the year we must achieve maximum momentum in driving global change to address the climate emergency. Have a listen. My mission for 2022, join me?
If everyone gave #just10percent of their time, talent, money or voice, we’ll change the world. Can you donate? Make it a regular donation to the World Food Programme. Help us feed people in Phuket or donate to the UN Refugee Program, PowerOf , Kiva.org , Soi Dog Foundation. It’s a time for giving and taking care of each other.
Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Kew scientists name new tree after Leonardo DiCaprio tks Teressa Bayes
We know the hell we’re in. It will get worse before it gets better tks Willie Wahlin
Phuket preps hotel guest isolation tks Edgar Toral
Business and technology
Social issues and humanity
Passengers on Sunwing party plane could face jail time, thousands in fines tks Joanna Barclay
The Universe is already in its sixth and final era tks Lisa LThree
Passion, humour, history
God’s Tech Support – tks Phillipa Edwards
The Lawrence Welk Show: Mother’sDat – SNL – tks Michelle Giamusso Regal
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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