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Friday Favourites


Each week I want to pass on some of the little things that have inspired me on social media, things I've read or listened to, things I've learnt, moments that impacted me and the things I am most grateful for during the last week. These are my Friday Favourites:

1. What I watched ...

What does it take to trust someone? What does it take to trust ourselves? In her book, Rising Strong, Research professor, Brené Brown, teaches an acronym, BRAVING, that she created for remembering the elements of the anatomy of trust–i.e. the elements that make up trust.

2. What I listened to ...

This incredible program shares the story of footballer Clarke Carlise and his wife and their battle with his severe depression and attempted suicide.


Clarke’s whole sense of identity was tied up with football and the buzz it gave him. So a knee injury at 21 made him feel like a failure and pushed him towards destructive behaviours with alcohol and marathon computer game sessions.


The Carlisles share their tips for recovery: asking for professional help; talking openly to their children about feelings; their daily marks-out-of-ten check in; how much the Pixar film Inside Out taught them about emotional resilience.


3. What I am trying ...

Following the Brené Brown theme, this is her anatomy of trust model B.R.A.V.I.N.G explained. When I look at this there are definitely some of these steps that I am more comfortable with than others. Which area do you need to work on?

4. What I'm reading ...

Old Path White Clouds presents the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha. Drawn directly from 24 Pali, Sanskrit, and Chinese sources, and retold by Thich Nhat Hanh in his inimitably beautiful style, this book traces the Buddha's life slowly and gently over the course of 80 years, partly through the eyes of Svasti, the buffalo boy, and partly through the eyes of the Buddha himself. Its a beautiful story of hardship resilience and how to live a life of joy, peace and happiness


5. Who I'm interested in ...

No surprises here, I thought I'd end with someone who has really shaped my Friday Favourites this week. Brené Brown. Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times best sellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and her latest book, Dare to Lead, which is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership. Brené's TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED Talks in the world with over 35 million views. She is also the first researcher to have a filmed talk on Netflix. The Call to Courage special debuted on April 19, 2019.

That's it for this weeks Friday Favourites, if you have something you want to share, or any feedback on these favourites you can leave a comment on my Facebook page or follow me on Instagram.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read, until next time #fridayfavourites #bestmebestyou # thelittleowlbook

Tim x


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