Sunday, February 15, 2015

New Subjects for School

What if our kids had new goals as students in school?  Be Kind, Be Your Best, Be Lovable.  I think those are much better things to learn about and get good at than reading, writing and arithmetic.   I want my kids and all kids to learn about non-academic things because when I work with college students, their biggest issues aren't the academic parts, it is the "I'm not good enough", "I don't want to be embarrassed", "I'm doing it for someone else", "I don't know what I'll do with my degree", etc. issues.  If we changed what our kids learned and got good at in school these issues that I deal with on a regular basis would go away, and then the kids who start college could concentrate on learning something that would be applicable to their passions, not just to do it because that is what everyone says they should do.

Let's change what school is all about.   What new topics/subjects would you put into school?

And, the great thing is that others also think these new topics are important too.  I was reading about a study that was done where kindergartners were taught how to be more mindful, which in turn allowed them to be successful.  Duh!  Kindness Curriculum

I wonder what other little pockets of "alternative" topics are out there?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

My Husband's Shelves

My dear loves books.  He has quite the collection.  I have been pulling some of the books off his book shelves and reading them.  I recently read a book by Eleanor Cooney and Daniel Altieri called "Shangri-La, The Return to the World of Lost Horizon".   I felt that it was a great story but had a lot of lack in the use of description and depth.  It also didn't end very well at all in my opinion - a bit disappointing and abrupt.

I am now more interested in trying to pick up Lost Horizon and finding out what that is all about.  I have been reading more and more material about China in the time of Mao's rule and I am fascinated by how terrible it all sounded.  There are so many times in history when I think back about how terrible things were for so many people.  No wonder there is so much anger and hostility on this planet.  If we think across history about how many terrible things humans did to each other it is obviously in our baggage.

I hope humans stop doing terrible things to each other and to themselves.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Introducing Nudge Enterprises

I'll be starting my own business, currently this new business will be called Nudge Enterprises LLC. I'll be doing consulting work of all types, from life coaching to sewing projects; from reality checks to unique approaches to solutions to a problem.  If I feel I can help then I'll be offering it as a service.

The push for this business is to create space for me to engage with my children educationally - for lack of a better word - and allow me to become the mentor/mom/seeker that they both would benefit from.  Freedom to do this for other humans as well - all ages, all types, exploring life and being the best humans we can be.  I am living the life I feel is filled with love and understanding.  One where we bring our own personal talents together to be in a healthy space.  One where we embrace fear and love equally so that we can be more authentic to ourselves and learn from each other to increase our impact on a daily basis.

More updates as they come, any and all feedback is appreciated.