International Women’s Day 2019

Ever since my career break I’ve been much more prepared to tell people what I really think. When something’s important and you can make a positive difference by speaking out, you shouldn’t keep quiet. People may see you as difficult, but as long as you remember respect for others first and foremost, that matters not a jot.

For International Women’s Day I thoroughly recommend this book by Caroline Criado Perez. Today is relevant for all of us. The journey to gender equality and fairness needs to be of critical importance to everyone, not just women. Everyone has a responsibility to do what they can, however small, to make the invisible in our society visible and to help the silenced speak.

Happy International Women’s Day, everyone. Keep being prepared to stick your neck out.

– Written by Natalie Snodgrass Tan, Quiet Space Ltd

World Book Day 2019

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It’s World Book Day today, which I discovered at 7am this morning when I received a WhatsApp message asking what my daughter’s classmates were wearing to school for World Book Day.

Oops.

Lucky my kids are quite chilled out about dressing up. The little one went as Tinkerbell from Peter Pan after we raided the dressing-up box. The bigger one announced he was going as a generic Muggle from Harry Potter. I approve of sensible people.

Anyway, as I was saying, World Book Day. In the interview that I’ve just done for the Warwickshire Business Podcast I was asked about books I would recommend – I thought I’d post about the ones I mentioned as well as a few more. Here they are, with pithy synopses.

1) The Power Of Now (Eckhart Tolle) – All we have is this moment. Don’t spend your one precious life pre-living the future or re-living the past.

2) Not Knowing (Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner) – There’s power in the uncertain. There’s magic in letting go of the need to control the unknown.

3) Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway (Susan Jeffers) – You can always handle it. Really. The things that scare us lose their power when we steadily look at them and realise that much of the fear is in our minds.

4) Mindfulness (Mark Williams and Danny Penman) – A really good primer if you’re just starting to learn about mindfulness.

5) Mindfulness (Christophe Andre) – Mindfulness, made exquisitely beautiful through art.

6) I Love Me (David Hamilton) – Learning to love yourself will open more doors to you than almost anything else.

7) Man’s Search For Meaning (Victor Frankl) – Your head is bloody but unbowed. You can’t always avoid suffering, but you can always choose how you are going to respond to it and what meaning you are going to find in it.

Pick one, read it, love it forever.

– Written by Natalie Snodgrass Tan, Quiet Space Ltd

A curated collection of books

Book recommendations

Someone asked me today what books I like. So here’s a (curated non-fiction) list. They’re thought-provoking, often funny, and are all worth a read.

In no particular order:
1) A Sense of Direction – Gideon Lewis-Kraus
2) The Pilgrimage – Paulo Coelho
3) The Examined Life – Stephen Grosz
4) Drive – Daniel Pink
5) Happiness – Will Ferguson
6) Quiet – Susan Cain
7) Stand Firm – Svend Brinkmann
8) Not Knowing – Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner
9) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson

Have you read any of them? If you didn’t like them as much as I do, tell me why!

– Written by Natalie Snodgrass Tan, Quiet Space Ltd