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Curated by Colony: 2024 Media Recommendations

Start the new year off right by exploring fresh and inspiring content to stimulate your mind and soul. We asked our Curated by Colony providers what their must-have books and podcasts were for 2024 – this curated collection offers something for everyone. 

Compton Durham – Sarah Durham, Founder and Owner 

Sarah Durham reminds us that today’s work/life norms, especially for those in leadership roles, do not allow us to fully unplug from work – even though we all know that the restorative power of rest is essential for sustained success and well-being. How can you be energetic and focused at work if you’re not also finding ways to take care of yourself?  

“I just read Katherine May’s book, “Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times,” which explores the idea of embracing rest not as an act of weakness, but as a process for rejuvenation that we must all engage in cyclically. It’s a great winter holiday read – and I enjoy the word, “wintering” used as a verb. The book got me thinking about all the small and big ways we can give ourselves much needed down time to recharge and reflecting on my own strategies to stay well-rested and healthy without having to take a vacation or fully unplug.” 

Springboard Travel – Liz Squillante, President and Founder 

“I eat, sleep, and breathe travel – and fell in love with this podcast right from the start! The Travel Diaries is a weekly interview series where journalist Holly Rubenstein talks to special guests about their adventures around the world and the experiences and destinations that have shaped their lives. Take a listen to help inspire your next travel adventure!” 

Coach Carrie Best – Carrie Best, Founder and Lifestyle Nutrition Coach 

“I am currently reading the book Outlive by Dr. Peter Attia. I love how Dr Attia shares his personal story along with his scientific and medical knowledge to educate readers on why and how a holistic approach to health and wellness is important when living a long life. It’s a practical and motivational read!”  

Private Prep – Steve Feldman, Founder 

“I love this Ted Talk from Angela Duckworth on Grit.  It is over a decade old but still very relevant for our students today and a big part of the Executive Functioning work we do with our students. I believe a big part of our job as tutors, and educators in general, is to motivate our students to want to do well and be invested in the work they are doing.”   

Conscious Leadership – Kaley Klemp 

“I recommend reading Open: Living with an Expansive Mind in a Distracted World.With the avalanche of information we get every day, closing down our minds and hearts seems to be the only way to survive. We close down to our inner experience by compulsively checking our devices. We close down to others by getting caught in echo chambers of outrage. In this climate of distraction and division, Open offers a path back to a way of living that is expansive, creative, and filled with wonder.”