Weekly roundup and my favourite things

Recently I have been quite busy with work. I’ve been feeling a bit stressed and stretched lately. Luckily I have still had space for reading so this is pretty much a round up of what I read and watched last week outside of work.

And here is a pretty picture of some Buenos Aires street art I saw as I was walking the other day:

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Last week I was simultaneaously reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and On Writing by Stephen King. Big Magic talks about creativity as a concept and how to beat fear in order to be more creative and On Writing talks more about how to create a writing habit and how to improve your writing. I liked them both for very different reasons and I liked reading them alongside each other. I am actually still making my way through On Writing so more to come on that at a later date.

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At the weekend I trawled the internet as usual and I quite enjoyed reading this. It’s all about female friendships, their importance and how they fit alongside romantic relationships we have. The change from single to taken always affects our female friendships in some way, I have at one point or another battled with the balancing act between friends and boyfriends and I don’t know one friend that hasn’t. I am such a huge believer in the importance of female relationships though. Open, supportive and enriching friendships are essential to a happy healthy life and make romantic relationships so much more stable.

I am a bit of a ted talk addict, yesterday I watched this one  it’s called how to quit your life (and reboot). The speaker talks about how during her time advising leaders and organisations she has learnt that many people stay in jobs they don’t like because they are scared. They are scared they may fail at something else and they fear that they don’t really have any passions to work with in the first place. She takes us through a number of steps to quit and reboot our lives but what i think is the most useful part of this talk is that she encourages us to sit down and devote time to critically thinking about our lives and the direction they are taking. Even if you are not looking to reboot I think this is worth a look. I especially liked one of her closing lines: “Don’t avoid thinking about meaning just because it scares you.”

If you haven’t watched many Ted Talks, this playlist of the most popular Ted Talks is a great place to start.

It was the Oscars yesterday which was fitting because I dragged my boyfriend along to see the Oscar nominated movie Brooklyn. This film was adapted from Colm Toibin’s novel Brooklyn. I loved this film, it touched on so many themes that are relevant to me. Leaving home, living away from home, that feeling of being torn between two places. I’m not going to lie, I got emotional. As for my boyfriend, I sort of tricked him into going as he normally refuses to go to anything remotely romantic, but I think he liked it.

So that was what kept me entertained during a very busy work week. I think the next few weeks are going to look quite similar and with nothing left to add here is a picture of my boyfriend’s family’s dog.

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