Hello sweet friends!
At time of posting, I was supposed to be strapped onto a table with a huge metallic tube whirling around me, radioactive sugars coursing through my veins. However, after several weeks of a persistent internal nagging, I’ve decided to postpone the PET scan until after we’ve reviewed some other labs.
Me, my boyfriend and our dear friend are planning to spend a carefree weekend in nature, celebrating the tress, fresh air and friendship. We’ll trudge through the light snow as brisk winds nip at our noses and chai tea warms us from the inside out. We will practice gentleness and, for 48 hours, who we are and what we are doing will be enough. Each moment will be a practice of mindfulness and a reprieve from our hectic and uncertain lives. Every moment will be perfect.
“Be soft, without being weak, be strong, without being violent.” — Imam Ali
What fun things do you have planned for the weekend? Where will you go, who will you see and what will you do to practice some self-care?
Here are some interesting things I’ve stumbled upon this week. Enjoy!
- What if you pretended, just for a little while…
- I’ve been slowly making my way through Cal Newport’s Deep Work and Aldous Huxley’s Island, both of which I’m enjoying.
- How to go beyond merely storing data and create your own “snowball effect” to compound what you know into opportunity.
- According to this research, language is embodied: a process that involves subtle feedback, for both listener and speaker, between the sound of a word, the vocal apparatus and our own experience of human physicality.
- Want to become a multi-millionaire? Do these 15 things immediately.
- How to make sense of things when you feel overwhelmed. Some practical and actionable advice from Shawn Blanc.
- “I now wonder if most of us are, in some respect, the kid who needs glasses but doesn’t know it… When we struggle with something that most people don’t seem to struggle with, we start to believe the inevitable messaging that pops up in response: we’re dumb, lazy, or just not cut out for the activity in question.”
- “A great many of the multi-billion dollar companies of the future will be those focused on the fulfillment of flourishing needs: our need for self-knowledge around love, our desire for a satisfying social life, or our need for resilience.”
- If you’re considering taking up a new hobby, buy the cheap thing first.
- The team at BBC Earth have announced that they’re working on five new nature documentary series set to air in the next few years, including Planet Earth III and One Planet: Seven Worlds, narrated by David Attenborough. Swoon.
- Ólafur Arnalds is an Icelandic multi-instrumentalist whose music I’ve enjoy for many years. I found this music video to be bizarrely intriguing.