Barn Musings

Welcome to Barn Musings. These weekly newsletters aim to provide you with timely, inspiring, and useful
reflections and findings from Meet Me At The Barn. I promise to keep the content brief and brilliant. The ultimate
goal is to create a community forum that is supportive, imaginative, and focused on possibility. Here we go!

                                                                                    Watch Screen Time with Diane Sawyer
Today, American adults spend the equivalent of 49 days a year on their phone and tablets. For six months, Sawyer and her team traveled across the country talking to families, teachers, doctors, and even tech insiders to pursue questions, answers, and solutions. From coast to coast, a question: People love the wonders of technology, but have they become too consumed with the little screens in their pockets?
I have added the YouTube links to Sawyer’s special below:

YouTube Part One
YouTube Part Two
YouTube Part Three
YouTube Part Four
YouTube Part Five

After sending out a call to families across America, Sawyer and the team received messages from parents including a mom from the Midwest who said she felt so disconnected from her kids who were always on screens. ABC News brought in cameras and documented her family’s use of social media throughout a weekend, and therapists from the renowned Gottman Institute guided the family toward change.

· The report highlights experiments including one showing the potential impact on babies and toddlers when parents are on their screens for only two minutes; actors posing as job candidates who are distracted by their phones, and how this behavior creates distrust in hiring managers; and college students feeling pressure to retouch and edit photos for social media in an endless quest for likes and comments, and its effect on self-esteem.

· As games like Fortnite and Overwatch explode in popularity, the average teen gamer now spends almost 12 hours a week playing video games. How do parents know that their kids are in trouble? The special reviews the latest research and interviews top experts to help guide parents through this highly charged minefield.

· Studies have found that students do better when phones are not a distraction in the classroom. ABC News visits schools across the country to report on the variety of solutions that help students learn without the distraction of technology.

· 70% of teens use social media multiple times a day. The report shows new research that suggests there can be a hidden psychological toll from this selfie habit.

· The special talks to experts who say tech companies design habit-forming apps to encourage users to stay on the screen and interviews experts about online privacy, and the buying, sharing and selling of personal data.

· Apple CEO Tim Cook sits down with Sawyer to talk about a range of topics, addressing families’ concerns about screens, and what he calls a crisis in online privacy.
Content from the Futon Critic.

Get your journal. Yes, right now.  Sit down and answer these two questions:

Who is someone you admire and why?

Who would this be for you?  I don’t know about you, but I have several people and even a few animals I could name.  My most recent admired person is a female character in the fiction book, Where the Crawdads Sing.  The story describes the girl’s life from as a small child through her adult years.  All I can say is that she is smart and brave as hell.  She’s is the kind of person that makes you want to do and be better.  I would tell you more, but I don’t want to ruin the story should you decide to read the book.

Teachable = be open to learning from others.

How teachable are you?  It is my belief that everyone has something to teach us.  Whether it is a small child, a grandparent, a partner or spouse, the checkout person at the grocery store, or anyone that we encounter in our day.  Take the time to learn something today.

The “Be” This: words come from the “Be”- Attitudes Kit™. I created the kit a few years ago to assist people in
carving out quiet time for themselves and to set the tone for their day. You can learn more about the kit here.

“Embrace uncertainty.  Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won’t have titles until much later.”  

— Bob Goff

Lines In The Sand

I am starting a live Lines In The Sand course in late May 2019. If you are ready to go on a journey of self-discovery
that will ultimately lead to wholehearted living this course is for you. Invest in yourself and start to create a life that
you love that is abundant and full of possibility.

21-Day Authenticity Challenge

This is a self-paced online course that will assist you in letting go of the past and start living with ease and
freedom. Grab a few friends and start living authentically today.
Have a great week.

Stay true and be you —


Create a Life You Love
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