Weekly Roundup: approachable neuroscience, chickpea smash, scattergories, good shows, and more (9/12/2020)

Hey there, it’s been a bit. Turns out some hobbies are harder during this stage of pandemic. You finding that too? Oof.

Let’s jump in. Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

My friend and colleague Lori Hammond recently introduced me to Stanford professor and neuroscientist Andrew Huberman. I’m now going down a youtube rabbit hole, finding videos from podcasts he’s appeared on this summer. He makes neuroscience approachable and is right up my alley, in connection to my work as a Hypnotherapist. He posts on Instagram at instagram.com/hubermanlab (you can view IG posts online even if you don’t sign up for instagram). For more from him, search his name on your podcast app and of course youtube.

Andrew Huberman, (approachable and charismatic Neuroscientist and Standford Professor)

I would love Andrew to be a guest on Brene Brown’s podcast, Unlocking Us (my favorite podcast right now).

Unlocking Us is recently back with more episodes, as is another podcast favorite, the funny and interesting pod By the Book with hosts Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer. Funny enough, pre-pandemic they planned this season to have many home-self-help books. AND they just released an episode on one of my favorite books, So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (follow her on FB and IG). Everyone in the United States should read this book.

Ijeoma Oluo, bestselling author and rad thought leader

I’m in the middle of reading Kindred (a book written in the 1970s about a black woman who travels back in time to the 1800s during slavery in the United States). It’s good, powerful, interesting writing. You can listen to the audiobook on Scribd, which is like netflix for audiobooks/ebooks/sheet music – use my link HERE to get 2 months free. You can cancel before your trial is up if you don’t love it and you won’t be charged but I personally LOVE this app and use it a bunch. When you get 2 months free, I get a month free, and that makes me really giddy, so thanks!

I’ve also enjoyed the YA books/audiobooks from Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give and On the Come Up. Highly recommended. Check out links to all the books I’ve read this year so far, here. I love Goodreads and following friends on there is a great way to find new-to-you books to love. My most recent online bookclubs were for the books The Power and Circe and I recommend both of those books (though if your nervous system is on overload right now, you may want to skip The Power for now.)

Another thing that’s brought me joy lately, that I think you might like knowing about is: chickpea toast. Out of avocados? Open a can of garbanzo beans, rinse them, add a splash of water, some mayo and mustard, za’atar spice and a dash of salt. You can mix up some chopped bell pepper or add tomato or arugula on top, and put it on toast. Done! My favorite snack.

Some movies I’ve enjoyed lately include:

Eurovision (super goofy, I’m not always a fan of comedies like this but I imagined my dear friend with an infectious laugh next to me and thoroughly enjoyed it)

Moana (rewatch – one of Disney’s best movies ever)

The King of Staten Island (not sure if I would have watched this if I hadn’t heard Judd Apatow’s interview on Unlocking Us, glad I did. It’s heavy but carthartic and also has good laughs)

The King of Staten Island

Hamilton (of course)

Shows I’ve enjoyed lately:

(besides Youtube podcast videos featuring Andrew Huberman)

Love on the Spectrum (I’d love to hear what you thought of this if you are on the autism spectrum or are close with someone who is)

Padma Lakshmi Taste the Nation

There are a few shows I recommend if you are ok with humor that goes way past the line (not for the easily offended or younger watchers). If that interests you, message me on FB or my contact form and I’ll fill you in. 🙂

To find where a show or movie is streaming, visit the terrific website or app, Just Watch. Cool cool cool. Thanks to the folks who created this, you make my life easier.

Oh, and a great website in case you’re curious if a show or movie is appropriate for a younger watcher or a squeamish or easily offended watcher: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Games:

I’ve enjoyed revisiting Scattergories recently. Great for the whole family or a group of friends and works well via zoom (Send a text of the list you’re using to everyone before you start the timer. If you don’t have a letter dice you can use a site like random.org with the numbers 1 to 26. Or just pick a letter. FYI, the original game’s dice doesn’t include the letters Q, U, V, X, Y, and Z.

So, friend, reader, what have you been reading, watching, playing, listening to, making (simple recipes only, please), supporting?

Sending you love and wishing you moments of ease.

Love, Keridwyn

Me, enjoying a sunscreen-and-shade sunny Seattle day…before the smoke

Seattle Pockets is back! Weekly round-up: Netflix Parties, Sarahs, Scribd, and a Seattleite I’m inspired by

Half-way through July! I’m finding ways to keep myself active, learning, and content during this stage of the pandemic. I had a bit of a pause on the blog but I’m back now!

Today, I share some ways I’ve been spending my down time, in case you want to join me:


Yoga: you gotta start somewhere

After decades of declaring I wanted to “get into yoga,” the time is finally here. Thanks to the “Yoga & Movement Encouragement Group” I started on Facebook, I can finally say I have a personal yoga practice. I’ve been enjoying Sarah Beth Yoga on Youtube (she’s got a nice list of Beginner yoga videos that are just 10-15 minutes, which is right for me at this time). 

I did 21 days in a row then thought I would go to 2-3 days a week and increase the time I spent on my mat on those days. Well, unfortunately that plan didn’t work out: I ended up doing ZERO yoga for nine days in a row. So, now I am back to the mat with a “daily yoga routine.” Even in just nine days without yoga after 21 days with yoga, I noticed my body was a bit more achy and tight, so I’m excited to be back to the mat. This time around, I’m using the mindset of “I do yoga every day” rather than counting days.

Arm Workout: 5 minutes a day

My pal Samantha Lamb, who is part of my movement encouragement group, shared the daily arm workout program she liked . . . now I’m hooked! I’m already noticing a difference. While I’m not a fan of the title of the course (and guessing the site named it, not the teacher, as Sarah Rector has zero body-shaming in her program), the DailyOm 14 day arm challenge offers arm workouts using small weights at just 5 minutes a day. I did the 14 days and the restarted the program and plan on continuing this for the days to come. Being just 5 minutes a day makes it easy to do it and get through it.

What I’ve been watching

Thank you to the creators of Netflix Party! I’ve enjoyed watching shows with friends while staying home and staying safe during the pandemic (connecting via the chat feature while we watch the show together). Some of the shows I’ve enjoyed watching via NP include

  • Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat – travel to Italy, Japan, Mexico, and California with the charming and approachable chef and author Samin Nosrat.
  • Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker “The inspiring story of trailblazing African American entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker who built a haircare empire that made her America’s first female self-made millionaire.” – IMDB
  • Hollywood Not for the faint of heart. A wild ride with delightful casting.
  • Dead To Me (Season 2) Dark, twisty, funny.
  • When They See Us Intense and based on a true story. This mini-series was recommended to me by multiple antiracist mvoies/shows to watch lists.

Other shows I’m watching or recently have watched that I recommend include:

  • Dear White People (the series) “At a predominantly white Ivy League college, a group of black students navigate various forms of racial and other types of discrimination.” – IMBD
  • Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (if you haven’t seen Hannah Gadsby: Nanette yet, watch that first). One of the best solo performers of our time, maybe ever.
  • The Morning Show. Great casting. An inside look at a morning tv show, centering around #MeToo plot lines.
  • Upload Goofy sci-fi with a fun concept. “A man is able to choose his own afterlife after his untimely death by having his consciousness uploaded into a virtual world.” -IMBD
  • Palm Springs It’s not often I laugh out loud at movies and shows but this comedy is so good!
Um, who has a pool I can socially distance hang in soon? I’ll bring my own floaties!

Curling up with some good books

I discovered Scribd this year (basically the “netflix” of books/audiobooks/magazines/sheetmusic). I’m hooked! They normally just give 2 weeks for free but if you sign up with my link you get TWO MONTHS free (and if you’re on a budget you can cancel before your two months runs out and you won’t be charged). I love being able to read and listen to my hearts content, rather than subscription plans that allow just one audiobook a month or charge you if you want more. Sign up with my link here: https://www.scribd.com/g/8gjtsr (You get two months free of Scribd and I get one month free!)

I just finished The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (WOW so good!) on Scribd and am now enjoying Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb. My mom (Seattle Pockets blogger Jeanne Deller) and dad recently listened to The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia and The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (narrated by national treasure Tom Hanks). They recommend both of these books.

Seattleite I’m inspired by

Journalist Omari Salisbury has been doing an incredible job covering the protests in Seattle, including the experiences at CHOP. His livestreams and replays are an excellent source of news of what is truly happening in Seattle. Check out his links, here.

I’ll be back to blog again soon. Sending love to you, reader! Drop me a line or send me a message if you have suggestions of (safe) entertainment in the coming weeks and months. More about me: linktr.ee/keridwyn – Keridwyn

Staying In: share your favorite books, shows, podcasts, games, and more

By Keridwyn Deller

As we protect ourselves and our community,  the next few Seattle Pockets blog posts will focus on a “Staying In” theme.

Got a favorite show, movie, book, game, podcast, craft project, local artist, a local restaurant or shop that offers delivery, fun idea for connecting with friends virtually, or other “Staying In” experience you want to be featured on Seattle Pockets?

Share your ideas or short reviews with me by either:

I’m also looking for a few guest bloggers – if you want to write short review (a paragraph or a few sentences), let me know. I’m going to be creating a few round-ups with suggestions from fellow Seattleites. I’ve got a lot of ideas for this and would love you to share yours as well!

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Photo by Priscilla Du Preez

Call for submission: experiences and products in Seattle

Thanks for being a Seattle Pockets reader! I’m so glad you enjoy following along with my blog.

I’m going to start a weekly round up series, listing a mix of events, experiences (both in Seattle area and things to do at home like books and podcasts), and products.

If YOU have something you want me to consider sharing in a future round up, let me know!

Maybe you’re associated with the org or shop providing the experience or product, or maybe you’re just a big fan and want to spread the word!

Drop me a line via my contact form, message me on Facebook, or post in the comments below.

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Please share: Seattle to open Severe Weather Shelter for those in need Jan 12 – 19, 2020 at Exhibition Hall in Seattle Center

Original post at seattle.gov Thank you, Seattle, for making this shelter available to the growing number of people who are experiencing homelessness in our city.

Please spread the word by sharing this post and/or posting the flyer (flyer available at the link).

In their own words:

Severe Weather Shelter will open SUNDAY NIGHT JAN 12th through SUNDAY NIGHT JAN 19th

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!

In anticipation of forecasted snow and extreme temperatures, the City of Seattle will open a severe weather shelter for adults (all genders) starting Sunday night, January 12th through Sunday night, January 19th at the Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center – 301 Mercer Street – Seattle, WA 98109. The shelter will open at 8pm each night and will close at 7am.

For more shelter options, please call 211 for help and follow @SeattleHSD for updates.

The Severe Weather Shelter is operated by The Salvation Army, and people may use the lower level entrance to enter the Hall. Referral forms are NOT required.

Bus routes to Seattle Center include: #1, #2, #3, #4, #8, #13, #32, and Rapid Ride D Line; and service is also provided by The Seattle Center Monorail running from Westlake Center, accessible by stairs and elevator from Downtown and the Westlake light rail station.

 

Please spread the word. If you would like to print the flyer, you can do so here.

Thank you, Seattle.

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Photo via discoverslu.com

Give Back: Fun event at Garage benefits Project Access Northwest (helping people get more access to healthcare)

by Keridwyn Deller

Join Project Access Northwest for a night of fun and games at The Garage on Capitol Hill in Seattle on October 15th, 2019 to bring health care to our neighbors in need.
Project Access Northwest is a local non-profit organization that partners with our region’s major health care systems and more than 1700 volunteer providers to provide life-changing care to low-income and uninsured patients.
Their “STRIKE! Down Barriers to Health Care” event is an annual fundraising party open to anyone interested in supporting this good cause.
Come on out on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at The Garage at 1130 Broadway, Seattle. The event will run from 5:30–8:30 pm and feature heavy appetizers, hosted beer and wine, and an opportunity to spend time with health care leaders in our community.
Last year’s event (see story here), 165 guests and sponsored helped Project Access Northwest raise $93,600, and they are aiming even higher this year.
Buy tickets in advance at https://projectaccessnw.org/strike
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GIVEAWAY: Mental Massage, Hypnotherapy session, or Workshop

By Keridwyn Deller

Yes, I’m pretty darn excited in this photo. It’s true. Here’s why. Will you take a moment to celebrate with me?
 
I’m so grateful to help my Hypnotherapy clients achieve their goals and make the changes they want to see in their lives. It is such a joy to do this work.
Now, I’m not going to fill up this post with too much chatter – let’s get to the CELEBRATION!

I want to celebrate this milestone with a giveaway for you. Here’s how you can help me celebrate: enter to win one of the following:

🎁 A hypnotherapy session (one-on-one with me, in my office or online)
or
🎁 A “mental massage” online session (think of this like a spa treatment for your mind)
or
🎁 An entry into my upcoming (date TBD this Autumn) online Anti-Anxiety workshop

You can enter to win by joining my Reframe Your Brain free Facebook group and entering to win on the post here.

Thank you for celebrating with me and thank you to my Hypnotherapy clients who have allowed me to support you in making important changes in your life! ❤️

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Interested in my Hypnotherapy practice? Learn more at keridwyn.com.

Brené Brown’s new Netflix special, The Call to Courage, is the 76 minutes of inspiration you’re looking for this week

It’s pretty likely you’re one of the millions of people who have seen Brené Brown’s TedTalk from 2010. If you haven’t (or if you want a fresher), you can find it here (complete with a transcript for those of us who like to read along).

Her books, five of which are New York Times bestsellers, have made a huge splash in the self-improvement reading world. (I have read the Blinkist version of a few of her books as well.)

This inspiring Texan woman is back with her own Netflix special. “The Call to Courage” has more to say about vulnerability and its relationship to courage as well as some fun behind the scene glimpses into her life and experiences after that TedTalk video went viral (she thought only 500 or so people would see it!). It’s a snug 76 minutes and I enjoyed the heck out of it. I recommend you check it out (and I would love for you to come back and share your thoughts in the comments below or on my Facebook page)! I love having the chance to discuss inspiring videos with others (and my attempt to create a virtual-TedTalk-inspired-by-bookclubs-club never really took off) – I truly mean it when I say I want to hear your thoughts!

I took some notes for myself during my watch-party-of-one but am putting them after a bit down the page so you don’t have to read any spoilers. Ok, so self-improvement flick “spoilers” don’t have the same intensity as spoilers of the final season of “Game of Thrones,” but I’m still careful not to share spoilers. (I’m looking at you, friends who are sharing funny-but-STILL-SPOILERS images right now.)

My notes & thoughts on the show are below. These are just notes I jotted down when watching the Netflix special, so they may not all make total sense out of context. I recommend you watch the show now, then come back to read my thoughts (and comment with your own).

UPDATE: I have a LOT of notes, it turns out, but writing them all out was helpful for me, personally. That said, it’s a TON to read through so I have no hard feelings if you don’t read through them all, as they are a personal recap of the takeaways I wanted to remember from the show.

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The free Crisis Text Line is partnering with Washington State!

As many of you know, I’m a volunteer Crisis Counselor with the Crisis Text Line, a free service where anyone can text in to get support when they are experiencing a crisis. I’m happy to share that Crisis Text Line is partnering with the Governor’s office and other Washington state organizations to help spread the word about this life-saving, free service.

Did you know: Washington State is above the national average suicide rate with one person dying by suicide every 8 hours in Washington State and suicide is the first leading cause of death for ages 10-14. (Source: AFSP) Crisis Text Line offer people the opportunity to text in for confidential, free support, 24 hours a day.  If you are in the state of Washington and are experiencing a crisis, you can text HEAL to 741741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor.

“We are excited to work with the Governor’s office and organizations across the State of Washington to empower and support those in crisis and provide the comfort of knowing we are right in your back pocket,” said Nancy Lublin CEO and Founder of Crisis Text Line.

LAUNCH PARTNERS ● The City of Tacoma + Tacoma bridges  ● Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction ● Now Matters Now  ● Washington State Dept. of Health coming soon!

GET INVOLVED ● If you’re in crisis, text HEAL to 741741 for crisis support in WA State ● Become a volunteer Crisis Counselor at crisistextline.org/volunteer. ● Learn how your organization, company, or school can get involved, reach out to sarah@crisistextline.org.

When you are a volunteer Crisis Counselor, you get amazing free training, are supported by other crisis counselors and a shift supervisor when on your shift in the chat rooms, and communicate with texters via your computer (your thumbs won’t get so tired that way). If you are at all interested in this, feel free to message me directly (fb.com/keridwyn) if you have any questions that the website doesn’t answer. This service NEEDS more volunteer crisis counselors and it will likely be one of the most fulfilling things you do with your time. After all, studies show that a certain amount of volunteer time per week adds an incredible amount of satisfaction and contentment to your life!

WHAT WASHINGTON LEADERS ARE SAYING:

“Crisis Text Line is a critical support program that could save lives and will be a crucial lifeline to those who need help and support,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said. “This innovative program, through free, 24/7 support, utilizes existing technology and resources efficiently. With Crisis Text Line, Washington state will have an additional tool to help those in crisis.”

“Crisis Text Line is a go-to resource I share in my work in construction safety. Crisis Text Line is an indispensable aid in helping people in times of crisis. We use Crisis Text Line at the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Thank you for your life-saving service,” said Cal Beyer, Director of Risk Management, Lakeside Industries (Issaquah, WA) – Executive Committee; National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

“NowMattersNow.org visitors have initiated conversation with Crisis Text Line over 10 thousand times. We feel confident that our users are getting support right away. We couldn’t do it without you Crisis Text Line,” said Ursula Whiteside, CEO of NowMattersNow.org.

ABOUT CRISIS TEXT LINE. Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7, confidential crisis support via text. Learn more at crisistextline.org.

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