Year in Review – Prompt #1 Books

Through the last two months of 2018 I’m sharing some end of year reflection prompts to help you integrate the experiences of this year and finish up feeling good about yourself, your journey, the year that was and the year that’s coming up.

Here is the first Year in Review reflection and journaling prompt….
What books/ articles/ blogs did you read this year?
Take an hour this week to sit down with pen and paper (or laptop and coffee) and jot down all the books you can remember that you read this year.
1. What themes interested you most?
2. What kinds of characters inspired you?
3. What kinds of feelings/ experiences were you looking for in your reading?
Write for 10 minutes about each of these questions (or another question that feels like it needs answering).
4. Wrap up: what have you learnt about yourself and your year based on what you read? Write freehand for 10 minutes on this, without editing or judgement. Put whatever comes to mind.
5. Wish for next year: What would you like to read more of next year? Write for 5 minutes about this, let it be impulsive, free and creative, steer clear of guilt or shoulds.

That’s it!


And remember to be kind to yourself as you reflect and write – accept and be kind to yourself about whatever you read, whatever you felt, whatever you were drawn to.

Dabbling in rest

As a busy scanner with lots of projects that light my brain up, engaging in ‘passive’ relaxation activities is not my ‘go to’. I often want to jam pack my ‘down’ time with painting, or writing, or gardening, or community projects. Which I love doing but eventually my body does need rest and quiet time. If I don’t give it the rest it needs sometimes it responds with exhaustion, illness, burnout or low mood.

It can be a challenge if we have a long list of ‘fun’ projects we want to work on. The fear can be that if we don’t work on them NOW when we have a day off we will never get to them.. we will never ever get them done.. and that it’s a ‘wasted’ day.

But just like sleep is just as important as awake to creating balance in our lives, so to is passive relaxation* a balance to active relaxation.

A book.

A bath.

A cup of tea feeling the sunshine on my face.

Laying flat on the couch and watching a tv show that isn’t wildly engaging.

A slow meandering walk with eyes really open to my surroundings.

Having lunch laying on the green grass of an inner city park looking up at the leaves of trees.

Being absorbed in music.

A brief nap.




Not tied to productivity.


In and noticing the body.  

Through these activities I slide from a more activated and excited, engaged, ‘creative’ state into a more restful and calm state… even if just for a few minutes, a half hour. I soak in the essence of rest.

I recharge. I ‘refuel my tank’**.

I prevent exhaustion later by taking little sips of rest along the way.

This is part of how I aim to prevent future experiences of burnout, and keep myself working and playing steadily into the future.


*I’m using the word relaxation synonymously with ‘leisure time pursuits’

** Terribly fossil-fuels-centric metaphor isn’t it? I ‘recharge my solar batteries’??

10 books in 2016 challenge – update

If you saw my earlier post on #10books2016 you might know about this gentle and easy to achieve challenge (hey, I’m all for us actually reaching our goals!).

Here is a quick update on just some of the books that people taking the challenge are reading at the moment:

  • Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime”
  • Terry Pratchett’s “The Truth”
  • Hanya Yanagihara’s “A little Life”
  • Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s “Good Omens”
  • Dr. Michelle Mazur’s “Speak up for your Business”
  • Diana Gabaldon’s  Outlander Series Book 6: “A Breath of Snow and Ashes”
  • William Gibson’s “Spook Country”
  • Scott Orson Card’s “Ender’s Game”
  • Lianne Moriarty’s  “Truly, Madly, Guilty”
  • Susan Hill’s “The Soul of Discretion”
  • Karin Slaughter’s “Faithless”
  • Gay Hendricks ‘The Big Leap”
  • Petra Garlipp and Horst Haltenhof’s “Rare Delusional Disorders”
  •  Margaret Atwood’s “The Heart goes Last”
  • Janet C Atlas “They were Still Born”
  • Andrew Miller Dernier “Requiem pour les Innocents”
  • Nick Bantock “Urgent 2nd Class”
  • Colin Gilbert et al.’s “The Daily Book of Art”
  • Nevada Barr’s “A Superior Death”
  • Catherine Hyland Moon’s “Studio Art Therapy”
  • Elizabeth Wolf’s “Plume Fantome”

A mix of sci-fi, crime, literary fiction, young adult, business related non-fiction, art, art therapy and more!

If you are keen to join us by sharing the world’s shortest book reviews ever, encouraging each other to keep reading, and getting great ideas for your book list, come on over and join our Facebook group HERE. It’s free and a no pressure zone.

PS This blog post is #101!! I feel happy to have written 100 little nuggets of thoughts this last year.