So, I am getting into my Luxeha Life challenge routine and I thought I would share a little bit about how it is going and what I have been doing thus far. During the month of March, my goal is to do one thing each day to expand my cultural awareness and also to read a book on success. This month, I’ve chosen The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz.
While I might not email about the challenge each week, I wanted to share how things are going at the start and see how well I can keep up with my goals. Thus far it seems to be working, but but it is really tough to think of things to do! I know that I want to increase my awareness of the arts and culture, but I’ve had to play round with what that really means and where to begin. Here is where I am at thus far!
Culture Week 1
Day 1: I went to the Children & The Arts fundraising dinner. I’ve been involved with this charity for almost a year and it was really great to support them. There was also a culture quiz!
Day 2: I read “The Week” while getting a blow out. It was great to catch up on what is happening in the world. Like a lot of people, I am working all of the time and it can be tough to find out what the heck is going on.
Day 3: I figured out that I have really figure out what is meant by “culture”. The Children & The Arts quiz made me realize that I am out of the loop on a lot of things. What does culture actually mean? It is: (1) the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively and (2) the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society.
Day 4: I recently bought a book about Monet at the Royal Academy of Arts following a visit to see an exhibit called Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. I read a couple of chapters from the book in the evening.
Day 5: Do you know the difference between Cubism and Fauvism? I sure don’t! So, I went online and found a book that tells me it can help me understand all of the “-ism’s” in the art world. Now I just need it to arrive on time. If it comes this month, I can try to share some details from the book!
Day 6: Once “-ism” that I am a fan of is Surrealism. However, I don’t know much about it. I like the paintings and artwork, but is that really enough? No, I decided. I though about buying a book, but then started looking around Youtube and found this really interesting video about the history of surrealism, which interestingly started as a writers movement!
OK, so I don’t have a degree from Sotheby’s or anything, but I do feel like I’m moving in the right direction!
Luxeha Success Book Club
Now, for the book I’ve been reading. Someone once told me that we are the sum of the last five books we’ve read and the five people we spend the most time with. If I want to step up my game, it’s important to think about how to do that and get tips from the best resources out there. I’m a fast reader, so I’m already half way through the book, but I’ve already had some great takeaways.
Some of the top tips in the book focus on changing you mental game so that you can improve your life overall. One of the big points I tool to heart focused on making excuses. I’ve found that my biggest excuse is that “I’m too tired” or “I can do that later”. I am terrible because I like to procrastinate. I’ making a goal to be clearer about what I want and outline how I will get there and when. There was another sections about creative thinking that highlighted the benefits of networking with others to ensure that you are constantly “getting your juices flowing” in terms of new ideas and activities. I went to one networking activity this week for people who are interested in becoming board members and I have to say that this is quite true!
I’ll keep you posted on future tips and insights from the book.