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Resources for Good Start of 2024



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I have been listening to and reading some great things already this year and so I wanted to share them with you.



Podcast Resources for 2024 good start


It was no surprise that Elizabeth Gilbert talking about love and letters to love in a two part We can Do Hard Things was hugely helpful to me and the clients I shared it with.

Part One


Part Two


It was a surprise that I was so incredibly moved and changed by listening to Alexi Pappas on Rich Roll's podcast. A client sent that one to me and I am so glad they did! I listened to it twice and have her book, Bravey, on my next reads stack.


My ideas about perfection and perfectionism changed because I listened to Thomas Curran on Hidden Brain.


And, I was blown away with what I realized while I was listening to another episode of We can Do Hard Things called The Unexpected Way Amanda Built Community.


Reading


One of my favorite poems came to mind, inspired by thinking about love:


To have without holding

Learning to love differently is hard,

love with the hands wide open, love

with the doors banging on their hinges,

the cupboard unlocked, the wind

roaring and whimpering in the rooms

rustling the sheets and snapping the blinds

that thwack like rubber bands

in an open palm.

It hurts to love wide open

stretching the muscles that feel

as if they are made of wet plaster,

then of blunt knives, then

of sharp knives.

It hurts to thwart the reflexes

of grab, of clutch ; to love and let

go again and again. It pesters to remember

the lover who is not in the bed,

to hold back what is owed to the work

that gutters like a candle in a cave

without air, to love consciously,

conscientiously, concretely, constructively.

I can’t do it, you say it’s killing

me, but you thrive, you glow

on the street like a neon raspberry,

You float and sail, a helium balloon

bright bachelor’s button blue and bobbing

on the cold and hot winds of our breath,

as we make and unmake in passionate

diastole and systole the rhythm

of our unbound bonding, to have

and not to hold, to love

with minimized malice, hunger

and anger moment by moment balanced.



This quote:

“Truth doesn’t need any furniture.” Poet Tomas Tranströmer


This quote: (in my Purpose Planner)



Quote that says Your purpose is to be yourself. You don't have to run anywhere to become someone else. You are wonderful just as you are. Thich Nhat Hanh

I hope 2024 is off to a good start for you! The things I heard and read in these resources have given me some things to think about, and I'll share more of those ideas in the rest of my January posts. Thanks for reading!

Amy

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