I had such an incredible experience speaking at Alt Summit a couple weeks ago. I thought about and worked on my presentation for weeks leading up to the conference, even telling myself on several occasions “You’re spending way to much energy on this thing!” Ha! I felt great about how it went, and asked my sister to sit on the front row and record it, so I could share it with more than the fifty people in the room. We sat down to watch as a family, and the boys thought it was super cool for about thirty seconds, then went on to play while Dave and I finished it out. The video presentation is now available to watch here on YouTube (also embedded below). It is about a half-hour long, so not a quick watch-in-line-at-the-grocery-store type of video. If you do watch it, I’d love to hear what you think!
I also want to share some of the resources that I’ve used to explore the ideas that I talk about in my Energy is Everything series.
Here are some of the books, articles, and blogs that have helped me form the ideas that I’ve been sharing. Of course a great deal of personal experience, reflection, and little things just not working well in my own life have also contributed. And I continue to learn and grow along my journey of finding happiness and balance in each new day.
Essentialism is a really great book that inspired me to consider my core goals and reprioritize.
Daring Greatly is a fantastic starting place for rediscovering who you are and becoming okay with it.
The Capsule Wardrobe is what I refer to in the video, and something that has greatly helped in my decision reduction.
This article about Decision Fatigue, shared with me by a friend, hugely helped me understand some of the feelings I have when overstimulated with choices.
I am excited to continue learning and sharing. Last week was my first full week home for the summer with our nanny spending two mornings with the kids while I worked and recharged. I was efficient, interested, and having that time specifically set aside made such a difference because it encouraged me to plan my hours off. I went right in the studio and got lost in my projects, which is such a fun experience for me. I ended up spending less time on them than expected, and was able to have a great break to sew just for fun, which I love.
(photos above by Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit.)