For this week, I (Dr. Hinson) have selected a broad scope of interesting items which I wanted to share. There were days on our national/international calendar which provided some inspiration. Let's see what I came up with!
1. National holidays are generally created to commemorate an aspect of national pride (or mattress sale), however, this week we had Columbus Day, a federal holiday marking the founding of America. Yet, many people now contest this holiday, especially considering the exclusion of native peoples from the historical narrative (and ownership of the land). This stark article from the Equal Justice Initiative highlights some horrifying statistics relating to native people in the US.
2. Here at Abbey Research we believe that in order to be a good leader, you have to practice self-care. Dr. Donnelly and I both practice yoga, in ways that benefit our mental health. So in honor of World Mental Health Day, I am sharing the series of yoga videos that inspire me to take time each day to look after myself. Adrienne is a generous yogi, full of positivity!
3. For our International Day of the Girl post, I drew inspiration from the recent film Battle of the Sexes. The story follows Billie Jean King through a tumultuous period in her life, where she battles for equal pay for female tennis players, while grappling with her own sexuality. It's a powerful reminder to be true to yourself, and fight for equality!
4. What Billie Jean did took a remarkable level of bravery and courage, which are qualities we need to tackle small and large tasks in our everyday lives. I decided to include Brené Brown's (best-selling author of Braving the Wilderness) 6 favorite books about bravery. I'm thinking you'll see several of these appear on your book review blogs in the coming months!
5. The National Trust (UK) has partnered with the University of Surrey to study why people have strong emotional and physical responses to places. In their Places That Make Us report, they found three core feelings about favorite places: a feeling of belonging, feeling physically and emotionally safe, and being driven there by a strong internal pull. What places and spaces are important to you and how have they shaped your life?
What interesting things have you read, watched, or listened to this week? Get in touch!