Recommended Reads for the Week

My recommended reads list for Wednesday, April 12.

Recommended Reads

Hi everyone! Below are some favorite reads I found this week. I’m having so much fun curating this post and it’s keeping me from overwhelming my Facebook friends with awesome links. Often my favorite blog posts by other bloggers are the ones where they link their favorites for the week, and I’m hoping you enjoy these reads too.

Below are some favorite reads I found this week.

Some are delightful. Some are necessary. And some are just plain good reads. They run the gamut of my interests, as you’ll see. (The links are italicized, since I can’t figure out how to change ink color for them.)

As a highly intuitive person who almost never (maybe even never ever) regrets a decision made with my intuition, I was happy to see that science backs that up: Intuition Is More Powerful than Your Intellect, and Just as Easily Explained.  

And another good one from that same website: “Any government that does not offer its citizens a sense of trygghet through policies that, for example, guarantee everyone’s health, well-being, and a reliable pension—are demonstrating, in Ekéus’s words, ‘a total lack of strategic thinking.’ That’s because history has shown that if a nation lives without psychological security, unrest is inevitable. ‘It will become a challenge to democracy,’ warns Ekéus. ‘And one has to hope that the challenges will be driven by democratic means, and not non-democratic means—that’s to say, fascist or communist interests.’ ” The Swedish concept of “trygghet” explains why having an erratic leader is so destabilizing.

This map just has that “wow” factor: The Biggest Employer in Each US State.  

I think I’ll use this to justify a Fitbit upgrade (I’ve had my eye on a Blaze watch): Fitness tracker clues woman in to life-threatening condition

I love that my state is a leader in the bicycling movement, and it’s paying off economically: Bicyclists boon to Minnesota economy, health 

I’m planning to go hiking and canoeing in Minnesota’s Boundary Water’s Canoe Area with some friends this summer, so I’m researching what to wear to stay comfy, bug-repellant, and cool/warm as needed. This article on what to wear hiking (and this woman’s entire outdoorsy blog!) is so helpful: What to Wear Hiking.

I get asked all the time, should I go to coach training? My friend, classmate, and colleague Sarah Young of Zing Collaborative has answered that question in the best way here at her blog: You Want to Be a Life Coach? 3 Key Questions to Consider 

The 5 best budgeting apps for tracking and planning your financial life. In the two years we’ve been using it, one of these apps, YNAB, has changed my life!

“The secret of the moon is that the heavenly perfection we might mimic isn’t stasis, but a series of constant revolutions and transformations; its secret is that we could all be witches and werewolves. This is dangerous stuff for political power,” found in The Patriarchy Hates the Moon at this link since this hyperlink just won’t work:

Something I’m going to keep in mind (especially #7) as we work to pay off some moving debt from last year: 8 Characteristics of People Who Are Successful At Getting Out Of Debt

Yes, yes, yes! Why I Don’t Use the Word ‘Forgiveness’ in Trauma Therapy

“In doing so, Zirkle and the rest of the faculty believe there is unlimited potential in what the students can achieve. ‘You’re going to have students with minds you just can’t believe. And we’re going to unlock it, that’s all,’ he says. ‘We’re going to be the school that turns out the student that gets out and ends up finding the cure for cancer. I believe that.’ ” Indiana’s first Autism college program set to premiere at Ancilla College

Oh, how these words soothed me: “I believe so many INFPs struggle with extreme self-doubt because, simply put, it’s damn hard to be an INFP in our current culture. Every one of their four letters is the opposite of what the mainstream values. INFPs are introverts in an extroverted world. They are intuitives in a culture where “reality” is decided almost solely by what information comes through the five senses. They are feelers in a society that relies on rational thinking and frowns upon emotion-based judgment. And last but not least, they are spontaneous dreamy soul-seekers in a world where time is money and people measure their worth by the length of their to-do list. No wonder INFPs have a difficult time believing in themselves,” from: THE 3 BIGGEST OBSTACLES INFP WRITERS FACE AND HOW TO OVERCOME THEM

I know for sure I do this. Sometimes you have to numb your sensitivity as a coping mechanism, but finding healthy ways to cope is always the goal. (Note: Today the website is under construction but I’m hoping this article is back online soon as it’s excellent.)

Is sex addiction a real addiction? It sure is. Sexual Addiction: The How’s, the Why’s and the Tinder-less treatments

And another on a different type of addiction, no less painful: Is video game addiction a real thing? This piece from favorite “mommy author,” Katrina Kenison (of Mitten Strings for God fame, for one), is heartbreaking as well as a ferocious example of needed mom rage in response to a stupid New York Times article saying it’s not real. Yes, addiction is real and video game addiction is just one of many ways to disrupt and damage a life and relationships. 

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