Power of Introverts-Ep. 1

Power of Introverts Ep. 1
(A New Series-Ted Blog Carries)

Introverts, (gently) rejoice! We found a web series just for you (us).

Power of Introverts-Ep. 1

You may remember Susan Cain’s revolutionary talk from TED2012, on the quiet, unseen power of introverts. Careful to acknowledge that many of us hold both extroverted and introverted traits, she points out that many of our most publically treasured figures have introverted tendencies — yet we still “favor the man of action over the man of contemplation.” Cain’s book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, delves further into why this discrimination occurs.

We stumbled upon this brand new web series based on Quiet, created and narrated by Daniel Widfeldt Lomas and animated by Petri Ltajif. In this delightfully illustrated first episode, Lomas lays out the adjectives associated with introversion: lazy, slow and boring. But to think of introverts in a disparaging way doesn’t give credit to the many gifts they may hold: their ability to work deliberately, their strong concentration and their love of contemplation. Echoing Cain’s work, Lomas shares the many complex personalities that our introvert-or-extrovert model fails to encompass.

Dragons Under the Chanukah Bush…

“…And then there are Dragons.

Magnificent, preternatural, take-your-breath-away Dragons.

Soaring on the four winds, surfing the seven seas, Drag­ons have never indulged in anonymity. Tossing all notions of “local” onto the dung heap, they went global in a big way. They carved out niches in every ecosystem: burning deserts and glacial peaks, verdant tropics and scrub-grassed plains. They lashed the clouds with Dragonfire and bent low the trees with Dragonsong.” Happy Holidays. Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, Happy Festivus, Happy for All Reasons to Celebrate. Check out MacKenzie’s Dragonsnest-There Be Dragons There. j.k. the secret keeper

MacKENZIE's Dragon's Nest

The Feast of Lights is fast approaching. Time to burnish the menorah, limber up your dreidel-spinning fingers, and teach the kittens about candle safety.

If you’re seeking something for that special Dragon lover in your life to plant beneath the Chanukah bush – and who doesn’t need a little something dragonish for the holidays – check out The Dragon Keeper’s Handbook  and Dragons for Beginners.

Here’s a taste from Dragons for Beginners:

Three hundred thousand years ago, when Homo sapi­ens walked out of Africa, Dragons were everywhere. Around every river bend, on every mountain top, they basked at ease, the reigning predators in a wild and woolly world. Our ancient ancestors cast their eyes to the heavens and were wowed by the sheer otherworldly grandeur wing­ing across the horizon. To primitive minds Dragons were nothing short of divine. They were the roar of sea and the blinding…

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Preparing For a Stressful Situation

HOLY SHIT!!! I would think this woman would be doing something right now, like running. RUN!!! NOW!!! I’d say a few more choice words than HOLY SHIT!!! j.k.

Riding the wavez




My friend recently texted me this picture and I literally laughed out loud.  People at work would have looked at me strangely, except they are used to me being doing weird things. It was fitting in her life at the time as she was coming up on final class papers and assignments…always stressful!  But it is also perfect for me right now. I’m under a tremendous amount of pressure and stress at work right now—and it is only going to get worse for the next three weeks.  Just like that wave, I can see it coming.  So the question then becomes—how do you prepare!?

Here is a great tool that I learned in therapy—a list of questions to ask and answer BEFORE the stressful event occurs (with a few random self-affirmations thrown in there). Then post the questions and your answers in a place you can see them…

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