What are you reading, watching, listening to or doing that’s so great you want to share it with others? We asked a few of our Insight readers, and this is what they said.
— Compiled by Insight Editor MaryBeth Matzek
Track it all
“My favorite app these days is MyFitnessPal. In this fast-paced world that we live in, I was looking for a way to keep track of not only my food and water intake, but also my activity levels. This can all be accomplished by simply using the app on a daily basis. MyFitnessPal also syncs to my Apple Watch, tracking my steps and other activity. I find using this app has made me more conscious of what I’m putting into my body and making me more accountable when I find myself wanting to just grab a quick snack or make an unhealthy meal choice.”
Mari McAllister-Charles, Brown County Home Builders Association, Green Bay
Clear your mind
“My best brain time is when I am on my bicycle. Not on the trainer in the basement watching television, but when I am on the quiet roads in Calumet County where there are more cows than cars. One morning, the entire layout for our United Way brochure just popped into my head. It is also the best time to have some self-talk and put aside anything that is a detriment to being positive about life. I am a people-person, but my morning bike ride offers the solace that grounds me and prepares me for whatever craziness the day may bring.”
Nanci Micke, United Way Fox Cities, Menasha
no-nonsense parent advice
“I’m just wrapping up Emily Oster’s ‘Crib Sheet,’ an in-depth analysis of all the research that guides the decisions we make as parents of young children. Oster, a Brown University professor of economics, examines the costs and benefits of a wide range of parenting topics. As a working parent of young children, I really appreciated Oster’s no-nonsense investigation into the validity of hundreds of research studies around these topics. This book will be my gift to all expecting parents moving forward!”
Emily Rendall-Araujo, Above & Beyond Children’s Museum, Sheboygan
“I’ve been humbled to immerse in both bumps and bridges resulting from a journey of ‘self-publishing to shelf-publishing.’ That experience is now something I pass on to others through boot camps or writing more books.
Reading, sadly, has become a lost art. Think about the X-factors reading and writing can bring to our youth in an age of digital distractions. They could tool their innovative spirits with interpersonal communication and greater wisdom from the creative, personable elements found in dabbling with words. While everyone else finds a moment of glory from a social media post, you could find what really matters from reading or journaling.”
Chris Jossart, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton