ACPA2013 + book recs

I just got back from ACPA 2013 in Las Vegas, my first ever national conference. I have so many thoughts that I want to share, but I’m going to try to pace myself and go in order. Expect to hear lots from this little corner in the next little while.

I should start by saying that I read a book (!) on the plane on the way out to Nevada, and it was everything I thought it could be. It was the first time in mumble-mumble that I’d read something that wasn’t specifically for school, and I found myself thinking as I was walking through the airport: “That was nice. I should do that more often.” ACPA totally had my back though!

The most heavily-attended session I attended was a presentation on positive psychology by Grant Anderson, Keith Edwards, and Heather Shea Gasser. It included a whole slew of book recommendations – seriously, my Amazon.com wishlist is buckling under the increased stress; don’t care – including:

  • Flourish, by Martin E.P. Seligman
  • Thinking Fast & Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
  • Nudge, by Richard S. Thaler
  • Made to Stick, by Chip Heath
  • Switch, also by Chip Heath
  • Drive, by Daniel H. Pink
  • Mindset, by Carol S. Dweck
  • The Power of Less, by Leo Babauta
  • Happier, by Tal Ben-Shahar
  • Positivity, by Barbara Frederickson
  •  Making Hope Happen, by Shane J. Lopez
  • The Happiness Advantage, by Shaun Achor
  • The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brené Brown
  • Daring Greatly, also by Brené Brown

So – this is a pretty big list. (Especially for a girl who read her first book in don’t-worry-about-it only this past week.) I definitely don’t expect to get through it all anytime soon. However, I’ve been spending the last two years actively wanting to (among many other things) read more, and be happier. What better project, then, than to spend my summer working through this list?

I want to come back to this project regularly, and give updates on what I’ve been reading and what my thoughts are. I hope I can also add applications that will help me and others professionally and personally. I think I am going to start with The Gifts of Imperfection, because while I’ve never read a Brené Brown book, I’ve watched and loved her TED talks, and have been told more than once by people I trust a great deal that I should read her stuff. My goal is to take a deep breath, swim through the month of March, which is jam-packed with awesome opportunities that won’t leave me too much time for reading, and then kick it off on April 1.

© 2017 Caroline Horste

I am neither a professional nor an expert, and nothing here should be taken as counsel or legal advice. Along the same vein, nothing here should be taken as representing the views of anybody but myself, including my employers or the organizations I volunteer for. -CH