Brianne Gidcumb | March 2016

Books for Personal and Professional Development: Volume 2

Discussing Personal And Professional Development

In January, I introduced you to my effort to hold myself accountable to my 2016 resolution: to increase my reading on topics of personal and professional growth. I introduced my first four reads of 2016 to you back in January. Today, I share my second installment of reads and recommendations in the hopes that you find something beneficial to your own personal and professional development and growth!

The Power of Now:

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle is not new on the personal growth front, but it’s one that has been on my reading list for some time. I decided it was finally time to sit down and take a look at it! Although this read falls more into the category of spiritual and personal growth, I think it’s still a great read for educators, who tend to live with stress and worry. This read encourages us to live fully in the present, something we can all use some advice on! Find it HERE.

Unleash Your Inner Creativity:

Unleash Your Inner Creativity: How to Increase Your Creative Confidence and Change Your Life, by Seth Cohen, is a quick read. Cohen maintains that we all “have the capacity for new, creative thought,” and that it is not just the gift of a chosen few. It’s an encouraging read, particularly for those in arts integration who might not feel that they are the “creative” type (and even some of us in the arts who still don’t feel like the creative type!). It challenges us to step outside of the comfort zone of what we’ve always known and done, and engage in creative thinking to unlock our potential. Find it HERE.

The Art of Work:

The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do, by Jeff Goins, is a great read about finding and living your purpose. In this book, Goins examines how we can pursue passions that intersect with something the world truly needs to find a higher calling and to live life purposefully and intentionally- something we as educators know a lot about, but could always use some refinement on! Find it HERE.

Wired to Create:

Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind is a relatively new release by Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire. I particularly liked the section of the book that breaks down the ten things highly creative people do differently- examining these artistic practices and habits are a great guideline to unleashing creativity in our own lives.

Find it HERE.

About the Author

Brianne is a former music educator from Chicago and current graduate class instructor with EdCloset’s Learning Studios. She earned her Masters degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music and has over a decade of experience in the elementary general music classroom. With her experience in the performing arts, Brianne is dedicated to building connections between the arts and Common Core Standards, 21st century learning skills, inquiry and project-based learning. In addition to her work with EducationCloset, Brianne is a yoga instructor in the Chicagoland area. You can also find Brianne here: