Bonus: My Top 10 Reads of the 2010s

You may have seen my latest ‘annual top reads’ post, but I decided I wanted to do an extra Top 10 post that was a bit special – the books that have been most compelling for me over the last 10 years.

Each of these books has become one that I often refer to or recommend; has fundamentally shifted the way I think about something; or has introduced a critical new concept to the ‘furniture of my mind’.

I will say it was very difficult to narrow down the list, but each of these books has made a significant impact on me during the 2010s, and I would highly recommend all of them.

So without further ado, and in no particular order…

Top 10 Reads of 2019

There are so many books we could pick up, and only so much time! I’m a big fan of hearing from others which books they found particularly worthwhile, and these annual blog posts are always among the most popular, so I know many of you feel the same. In aid of that, It’s time for my annual round-up of the books I’ve read during the year, including the ten that I found most compelling.

What the streaming wars can tell us about stress

The Crown, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale – it’s the golden age of prestige television. Budgets, artistry and star power in television have apparently never been higher.

There’s just one thing.

It turns out that the most popular, most streamed shows aren’t epic or politically prescient or extravagant.

They’re feel-good.

Want to Craft a Deliberate Christmas This Year?

An early Christmas gift for you!

You’ve seen the decorations appearing and heard the music starting to play… Christmas is just around the corner! 

How does it make you feel? Excited? Overwhelmed? Already behind on planning?

For most of us, this season is truly a mix of the wonderful and the stressful. And when we think back, we can recall Christmas memories that were incredibly precious, magical moments, as well as ones that… well… we’d rather not relive.

Maybe you’ve had years where you’ve come to the end of the Christmas season and felt a little too stretched – financially, emotionally or physically. Maybe sometimes your Christmas season has felt like it was mostly shaped by all the invitations and expectations of those around you, rather than by what is truly most important to you and your loved ones. Or maybe you just want to intentionally design moments this Christmas for those around you that reflect your values and priorities. 

Why We’re All Working With Volunteers

and why that's a good thing

I can’t remember the first time I led a team, but I know I was leading volunteers.

It’s one of the extraordinary things about volunteering in community organisations and churches – you get all kinds of opportunities you might not otherwise get to learn skills, including leadership skills. I led volunteers, followed volunteers and worked as a volunteer, for years, before I ever led in a professional setting.

But I would argue that even when everyone is getting paid, there’s a degree to which we’re all working with volunteers, whatever our roles.