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What Are Today's Interesting Finds? - v17

The first of the year installment (v17) of the “What’s Interesting?” feature is here with my latest discoveries that inform, educate, and relate to organizing and life balance. I’ve included unique and inspiring fresh start-related finds, which reflect this month’s blog theme. You are such a wonderfully engaged group and I am so grateful for you. 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 – Fresh Start Rituals

With many of us feeling the hectic pace of the New Year, there is an alternative way to live. Instead of going faster, your fresh start could include slowing down. I recently finished reading this small and lovely book, Destination Simple – Everyday Rituals for a Slower Life by Brooke McAlary, an Australian writer and podcast creator of Slow Your Home. Brooke says, “… by being intentional with your daily actions you can create the simpler, happier life you want. And you can do this by harnessing the power of rituals and rhythms.” She shares five rituals to integrate into your day including single-tasking and unplugging. In addition, she suggests ways of establishing morning and evening rhythms, like routines, but more fluid and flexible.  Even if you don’t adopt every suggestion, even making one change can add more calm and happiness to your life. Brooke’s marching orders are to create a slower, simpler days and then, “… go enjoy life.”  



2. Interesting Research  – Fresh Start Effect

The beginning of the year is the time when many of us set goals. It turns out that the first day of the year is a temporal landmark, which signals the beginning of a new and distinctly different period of time. Research from The Wharton School shows that these landmarks help us feel the fresh start effect, which gives us a motivation boost to help us achieve our goals. While January 1st is a common temporal landmark, there are many others we can access like a new day, new week, new month, new season, birthday or holiday. If you missed the fresh start effect on January 1st, harness the power of your next, new something. You can activate your fresh start anytime you want.



3. Interesting Experience – Fresh Start Mornings

Are you ready for a truly fun and unique way to bring a fresh start to your morning? I couldn’t resist sharing this one with you. Daybreaker creates morning events for communities in about 15 cities worldwide that infuse dance and exercise into the start of your day. Their fun formula with five core values of wellness, camaraderie, self-expression, mindfulness and mischief are wrapped in a two-hour dance experience with guest speakers and performers. It’s basically an early morning dance party. Maybe starting your day by dancing with 400 strangers isn’t your thing, but how about cranking up the music and dancing in the privacy of your own home to give your day an energizing fresh start?



4. Interesting Product – Fresh Start List

While goal setting happens several times throughout the year, there’s nothing quite like the start of a New Year to reenergize us to aim for new or reset previous goals. One of the most effective ways of hitting our goals is to write them down. This cheery #Goals pad from Knock Knock makes it easy to capture your daily, weekly or life goals. Give yourself the gift of time, grab a pen, and let your ideas fly. This blank slate will give your goals a fresh start boost. I’m excited for you just thinking about what you’ll accomplish in the coming year. Care to share with us?



5. Interesting Thought – Fresh Start Your New

The beauty of a fresh start is that you can use it to alter your perspective, shift your focus, build from your past successes, and energize yourself to experience new outcomes. What will your “fresh” bring?





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





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Reader Comments (11)

I love to see my alma mater mentioned here:) I think there is definite value to the temporal landmark, and there are a variety of them that can take advantage of throughout the year. Any change we want to foster needs to be combined with your other point on intentionality. In our distracted age, I believe many of us fall short on intentionality and being fully focused on and in the moment. How wonderful that we can enact our "fresh start" at any time!

January 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- You are so awesome to stop by again. Thank you for taking the time to join us. I didn't know you were a Wharton School grad. How wonderful! I love the point you made about the power of combining the temporal landmarks with intentionality. With a combo ike that, we can super-charge our chances of making the changes that we desire.

January 22, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Thank you for reposting, Linda. I missed this last week. I'm interested in the book: Destination Simple. Going back to basics and creating simple routines - rituals to follow is one of my goals for this year. And, about those goals.. I love the Goal pad you shared. I've long been a believer in sitting quietly and doing what I call a brain dump. How wonderful to have a place to capture all these wonderful ideas!

January 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Diane- I so appreciate that you stopped by this week to join the conversation. Thank you. I bet you'll love Destination Simple. It's an easy read with lots of doable and easily implementable ideas. I enjoyed reading your latest post that described your 2018 word of the year: transformative. I can see how this book will fit beautifully into helping you transform your year. That in combo with the goals pad...looks like you're all set for an amazing year.

January 22, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love seeing all the wonderful things you find, but that book is definitely not for me. If my life were any simpler, I'd have no reason to get up in the morning! ;-)

January 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

I do find that January is the beginning of the new year. But, I like the idea of doing a "fresh start" each morning. I will have to try that.

January 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

Thank you for stopping by again to share your thoughts. I know you tried last week and we were having some type of tech glitch. I appreciate that you took the time to do it again. You're wonderful!

@Janet- I'm glad you like all the finds. What an interesting comment about the book. I'm glad to hear that you've created the life you want with the level of calm and simplicity that works for you. Bravo!!!

@Sabrina- Let me know how your "fresh start" mornings go. While I tend to feel the temporal landmarks most strongly for the New Year and change of seasons, I also get a very positive feeling at the beginning of the day...feeling refreshed and ready from getting a good night's sleep.

January 22, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Hi Linda, Love this idea with different resources and love the Fresh Start idea whether it’s goals or just the beginning of the week. I aim to do a daily yoga practice and when I do this practice I have a much better day.

January 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKim

@Kim- I'm so glad you like the resources shared with the fresh start theme. What a great goal of practicing yoga daily. About a year ago, I started practicing daily mindfulness meditation. Some of the practices integrated yoga into the meditation and they were some of my favorite. I've gotten away from the daily practice, but want to get back to it. Like your experience, I found that morning practice put a positive spin on my day.

January 22, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I've never heard of the concept of temporal landmark--I'm finding that interesting. Your 'next, new something' can start on any day--first of the month, a national holiday--a birthday--not necessarily on January 1st. No one has to wait until next year just to set a goal!

January 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterStacey Agin Murray

@Stacey- Temporal landmark was new to me too. I've always noticed that boost but never knew it was a researched and verified phenomenon. Isn't it great to know that we can benefit from it on more than one day a year?

January 23, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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