Tis the season of giving, and in celebration, I’m sharing my favourite audiobooks, podcasts, TED talks, documentaries and devices from 2016.


TED Talks

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness
by Robert Waldinger

The inner nerd in me was delighted to listen to this researcher talk about a 75-year-old study on adult development.  This talk really made me reconsider the amount of energy I put into cultivating and growing friendships and my relationship with my partner. 

How to gain control of your free time
by Laura Vanderkam

There is a part of me that loves being efficient and getting loads done.  However, I do have a tendency to overestimate my commitments each week, while underestimating the time I have for myself.  This talk really helped me reconsider how I could not just be “efficient”, but also “effective”.


Audiobooks

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
by Angela Duckworth

I’m always looking for ways to increase my passion and persistence toward long-term goals (otherwise known as Grit).  This book really inspired me to prioritise those healthy habits that done on a daily basis have a massive impact on my quality of life.  

Open: An Autobiography
by Andre Agassi

I grew up watching the Aussie Open – in particular Andre Agassi play Pete Sampras.  This book is by far the most interesting autobiography I have ever listened to.   Andre has had a remarkable life and listening to this book has increased my appreciation of what it takes to be an elite athlete.


Podcasts

The Tim Ferris Show

In his podcast Tim deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.  My favourite episode is when he interviews Dr Brene Brown.

Happy Mama with Amy Taylor Kabbaz

In her podcast Amy explores the concept that motherhood does not have to be a time of putting yourself, your dreams and your happiness on hold.  My favourite episode is Ep 20 – Catnapping and Mindset.  I really enjoyed Amy’s perspective on how to stay positive when everything revolves around your baby’s forty minute sleep cycle.


Documentaries

That Sugar Film (2014)

This documentary is brilliant – a fascinating experiment conducted by Damon Gameau – where he eats a high sugar diet for 30 days and measures what it does to his body.  What is really interesting is he doesn’t include the so called “nasties” – chips, chocolates, lollies and biscuits into his high sugar diet.  Instead he eats the foods that are marketed to us as “healthy”.  A must see film for anyone wanting to be educated on hidden sugar in foods.

Planet Earth II

David Attenborough – what a legend.  He returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.  


Fitness Device

Apple Watch

Built-in GPS, heart rate sensor, water-resistant 50 metres, and comprehensive workout app.  I have found this device to be very dependable – unlike my experiences with Fitbits and Garmin devices where they always broke and needed to be returned.