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How to Find Your Better Balance This Season »
Monday
Dec102018

What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v21

The newest installment (v21) of the “What’s Interesting?” feature is here with my recent discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and better balance. I’ve included unique and inspiring life balance-related finds, which reflect this month’s blog theme. You are such a fantastic, engaged group. I am grateful for your presence and wisdom.

 

I look forward to your participation and additions to the collection I’ve sourced. What do you find interesting?

 

What’s Interesting? . . .

 

1. Interesting Read – Balanced Habits

As this year comes to a close and you prepare for the New Year, thoughts about habits, those good and not-so-good ones, begin to surface. Do you want to be more organized, get more exercise, or be less stressed? While you might not be ready to change, you’re likely considering the possibilities. In this affirming, practical read, Atomic Habits – An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Onesauthor and speaker, James Clear, shares practical strategies based in biology, psychology, and neuroscience that will teach you how to build improved systems to support better habits. Clear says, “All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision.” If you are interested in shifting your balance towards more positive habits, you’ll benefit from reading Clear’s book. He says, “Small habits don’t add up. They compound. That’s the power of atomic habits. Tiny changes. Remarkable results.”

 

 

2. Interesting Resource  – Balanced Break

Life is busy. Super busy. Figuring out how (or when) to push that pause button and restore a piece of balance can be challenging. Be Time, a NYC-based company, has figured out a brilliant solution. Their high-end mobile meditation studio (housed in a bus,) brings the break to you. Parked in busy areas, Be Time invites you to “Step in, unplug and just breathe. A calm, quiet, inspiring place for some mind space.” Even though the bus is currently just available in Manhattan, I’m hoping that the concept will catch on to expand to other locations.

 

 

3. Interesting Product – Balanced Accessories

It’s no fun hunting for keys, sunglasses, or tissues in the depths of our tote bags. Have you experienced your things entering that deep abyss never to be found again? There’s something downright liberating about creating organization and balance with one simple step. The felt tote bag organizer from My Smart Organizer delivers. This versatile insert, available in an array of fun colors, will help you find your essentials in no time. 

 

 

4. Interesting Tech – Balanced Practice

As many of you know, I began practicing mindfulness meditation a few years ago. This daily practice has become an integral part of my life. Starting my day in this way creates more balance, calm, and gentleness towards others and myself. While I continue to take classes from various instructors, I practice guided meditation at home using recordings and apps. I’ve been experimenting with the Insight Timer app, which is available on iOS and Android platforms. Apparently, I’m not the only one that likes the app. They have over five million meditators that also agree. The practices are given by 3,000 teachers and include over 14,000 free-guided meditations that can be sorted by type, length, and a variety of other parameters.

 

 

5. Interesting Thought – Balanced Choices

Decision-making is a powerful thing. Each day provides a new chance for healthy or not-so-healthy options. We aren’t robots. We are human. Whether we are eating veggies or sweets, power walking or snuggling up on the sofa, remember to be kind to you. It’s not about perfection. It’s about finding a balance that works for you.

 

 

 

What are your exciting finds? Which of these resonate with you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!

 

 

 

 

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Reader Comments (12)

Thank you for taking the time to share with others these interesting finds. LOVE, Love, love the mobile meditation studio! What a cool idea. Also, really appreciating your take on balanced choices - so important this time of the year!

December 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Sharb

@Andrea- So lovely to "hear" your voice this morning. I love that mobile meditation studio concept too. I'm in NYC several times a month seeing clients. Maybe on one of those dates, I'll try it out. The other day, one of my friends told me about a non-mobile meditation space in the city that is a quiet room filled with light, calm sounds, and lots of greenery. People can pay a small fee just to be. There's a definite need to find some as Be Time puts it, "mind space," in our busy world.

December 10, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

The Insight Timer app has caught my eye, and even the Android version has good reviews (which isn't always the case). I didn't download it though, because I already have a Yoga app that I've never used. I clearly have issues, but lack of technology isn't one of them!

December 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Most of my fun finds were in my holiday gift guide, but I am always on the lookout. For a new way to relax, I'm hoping to check out our town's new "Salt Cave." Have you been to one? You can sit and sip coffee and let the salt air refresh you. Sounds like a nice treat to me! I've also been loving my Christmas List app. It's a handy place to keep track of every gift, from idea through purchase, wrapping, shipping and delivery. Makes life easy, especially when I'm coordinating gift giving with people all over the country!

December 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

The Insight Timer app sounds really interesting. I find that when I am stressed, it's hard to stop and focus on calming down. So, this app may help me get more grounded.

An app I like is called Relax Melodies. It has sounds, meditations, breath, and other activities to help you relax. I use the sounds a lot to help me refocus and regroup. It also helps me fall asleep.

December 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

I love the quotes you shared from James Clear's book. It sounds like a must read to me. I'm all about small changes bringing big results.

December 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Janet- I use the Insight Timer on the iOS platform, so I can't speak to the Android version. But I can say that I'm enjoying the flexibility and variety that the app offers. Plus if you're into it (from a motivational standpoint), it does track (and encourage) your activity. I don't use that feature as much, but from what you've described, it might work well for an incentive-to-engage. If you do end up trying it, I'd love to hear about your experience.

December 10, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Seana- You always find lovely items to feature, and I liked your holiday gift guide. The salt cave sounds fun. I've heard about them, but have never tried one before. I'd love to hear more about it after you've gone there. Your Christmas List app seems so helpful in how it treats each gift as a mini project. I love that feature!

December 10, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Sabrina- I understand what you're describing with finding it challenging to stop to calm down when you're stressed. But as we know, that's precisely the time that our minds and bodies need it the most. The Relax Melodies app sounds terrific. In case you're interested in trying, the Insight Timer app also has sounds and music only meditations without any voices. I tried a new one last night for falling asleep (although that one also had voice,) but many of them are just music.

December 10, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Diane- If you're an advocate of small changes yielding significant results, you will LOVE Clear's book. He brings interesting, doable ideas to creating good habits and stopping bad ones. I think you're going to love his new book.

December 10, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Love this topic! I am all about balance and these interesting finds (especially Atomic Habits)!

December 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- So happy to know that you like balance as a topic. In these days of busy, busy, busy, it's so important to find ways small and large to help us feel less frenzied. It sounds like you've read Atomic Habits. What did you think?

December 10, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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