1. Practice better
We know that practice makes perfect but do you actually know how to practice? Often I see students do something over and over in the hope that repetition will take care of problems… What’s missing is awareness. It’s awareness of problems and strategising how you’ll fix them that true practice is about. Otherwise it’s the definition of insanity “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results!”
2. You might crave silence, but is it necessary?
Maybe you don’t need to work in a silent vacuum. Science recently suggests that noise might bring about creativity. Is that why so many writers do their best work in noisy coffee shops?
3. Got the 9-5 blues?
I’ve always struggled with a 9-5 job. The worst was the almost 2 years I spent working in my 20’s in an Agriculture Library…. and I know nothing, nor care nothing, about agriculture. Getting to work everyday was a total chore and I spent every free moment on the internet trying to connect with my world. Here’s a good argument for why creatives aren’t cut out to work in 9-5 environments.
4. Concordia University Flexes into Yoga
I’m a proud graduate of Montreal’s Concordia University. Maybe I’m biased, but I think it’s one of the most wonderfully strange universities I’ve ever come across. And those are words of praise from me! Strange is good. This piece on their recent news site, on University experts weighing up on several different aspects of yoga, plus there’s an additional piece profiling 8 alumni who are now teaching yoga (from diverse academic paths like religion and communication studies) which speaks to the breadth and diversity of their students.
5. Let’s make MAGIC in the classroom!
LOVE this TED talk about how to create magic in learning. He’s talking about classroom learning, but we need to learn to create magic in everything we do – from writing our blog posts, to talking to our customers, to sharing the word about what we do. And it comes from the street, from the pulpit, and from the Barbershop – not from the textbook! Can I get an Amen Brother?!
6. Looking for a special bottle to have with your Easter lamb?
One of my favourite red wines also happens to go EXTREMELY well with lamb! Chateau Musar, from Lebanon, is a wonderful vineyard which produces fantastic, rich, aromatic red wines that stand up well to the flavours of lamb. It’s a bit of treat, but you won’t regret it.