Reviewed – The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

You are likely an empath if you grew up being told you were too sensitive and needed to toughen up. (Spoiler alert: this is me!)

The author describes the difference between ordinary empathy and being an empath in this way: “Ordinary empathy means our heart goes out to another person when they are going through a difficult period … or during times of joy. As an empath, however, we actually sense other people’s emotions, energy and physical symptoms in our bodies… Empaths feel things first, then think, which is the opposite of how most people function in our over intellectualized society.” (pg 5)

The purpose of the book is to describe the experience of being an empath, and then to teach empaths self-care strategies. Chapters include how to manage at work (including how to choose an empath-friendly job), in relationships (the ideal types of partners), and how to raise sensitive children.

Not all of the book will be applicable to everyone. However it gave some great strategies for coping with sensitivities. I believe it will also help people recognize that being an empath is a gift and not something they need to change.

Happy International Mud Day!

International Mud Day is celebrated on June 29. The holiday was created in 2009 at a World Forum Event by attendees from Australia and Nepal. The goal was to encourage feelings of community and appreciation for the world around us.

Mud Day was chosen because – when people are covered in mud – you cannot tell their age, race or religion. Playing in the mud is also a way to celebrate the earth and to have fun. (Source)

How to write about International Mud Day:

  • Go for it! Find some mud and play in it. Make mud pies and build mud castles. Write about the experience.
  • Gather some kids together and throw a mud party. Fill a small wading pool with mud. See if they do look the same if covered in mud.
  • Find a way to celebrate the earth and write about it. It could be planting flowers or stopping at a Farmer’s Market. Write about what you did and how it made you feel.

What do you have planned for the summer?

Summer tends to be a slow season in my business. In general, my customers tend to procrastinate on all things writing – especially if they’ve never done a newsletter or any email marketing – and don’t want to spend the summer months doing anything beyond the basics of their business. I think that, in our hearts, we are all still little kids who believe we should have the summer off! This is especially true if we’ve got anyone in our household who gets an extended summer vacation.

I have to admit that I did some serious slacking last summer. I was planning to create several courses about writing and also to implement systems that would make my business run more efficiently. That never happened – and I’ve regretted the missed opportunities on many occasions. This summer I have a master “to do” list, as well as an accountability partner to help me stay on track.

Today, write about your plans for the summer. Are you taking time off? Do you have any big projects planned for your business? What are your goals?

Reviewed – One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way

This book describes kaizen – which is the concept of making small steps toward improvement. This process was originally used to build the Japanese economy after WWII, however the author was interested in how it could be used to change personal habits.

The premise is that you focus on the tiniest improvement possible. For instance:

  • To begin exercising, walk in place during a one-minute television commercial.
  • To stop consuming caffeine, take one less sip of coffee.
  • To clean up a messy desk, put away one paper clip.

As you can guess, these actions are a lot more palatable than 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, giving up your daily coffee, or spending the weekend cleaning your office. The idea is that these tiny steps keep you from resisting the activity and build new neural pathways in your brain.