Write it down: How I am building a second brain

I’ve been reading Tiago Forte’s Building a Second Brain and I’ve realized that this has been one of my primary projects for years now. Whether it’s a new productivity tool, a summary of a conference presentation, or a system for effective meeting notes, my second brain has been under construction for at least a couple…

September 13 Weekly(ish) Update

LAST WEEK I didn’t set any intentions because I was on vacation, but when I returned I got right back into my daily habits. I intentionally took the week of from focus sessions and memoir work, so I will give myself 💚 for the week. WINS Got through a weekend in North Idaho without over-drinking,…

Finding Purpose, Fighting MEH

As humans, we are drawn to meaning and purpose. This makes us pretty unique among the animal kingdom. I’ve never met a dog who was concerned about making a difference in the world. Our inclination to find, make, and seek meaning also tends to make us a little miserable. The basics of survival never feel…

Weekly check-in 8/29/22

It’s almost September! I will be in Idaho next weekend visiting family, so I will miss my check-in next week. Here’s my September plan and bird… LAST WEEK Get to an ending for the memoir (if not fully fleshed out) 💚 Beautiful mornings 7/7 💚 Focus session (15 min) 5/5 💚 Bedtime ritual 7/7 💚…

Ten Years: A Buddhist Perspective

This post is structured around the three Dharma Seals, as is most of life, it seems. Impermanence is permanent. Ten years ago, I was about to start a new job. It was only my fifth new job since the turn of the century. The startup that I had worked for for two years was being…

Blogging for Mental Health

Once upon a time, I joined Livejournal. I was a latecomer to the platform, and I already had a blog elsewhere in 2006, but I had a few new (younger) acquaintances on the platform, and I was interested in reading what they wrote about. Then I started writing there, too, and it became a great…

Weekly update: 8/8/22

Each week, I update my accountability group in the Fearless Living Academy with my intentions for the week, as well as an overview of how the past week went. I am going to start sharing here for even more public accountability! Key: ❤️ Not done/ needs love 💛 Partly done 💚 100% completed 💙 Did…

Becoming Mr. Spock

Matter of fact. That’s how my writing coach described a few sections of my memoir. I’m writing my way through my high school years, and I’m realizing that I really don’t feel any kind of way about it. Teenage girls have big feelings, she told me, as if I should know that. I was a…

Weekly check-in: August 1, 2022

Each week, I update my accountability group in the Fearless Living Academy with my intentions for the week, as well as an overview of how the past week went. I am going to start sharing here for even more public accountability! Key: ❤️ Not done/ needs love 💛 Partly done 💚 100% completed 💙 Did…

Productivity: Why is this so hard?

There’s no way to control this to-do list. It has a mind of its own. Sometimes it races to add to itself and flow off the edge of my dot-grid journal. It won’t be contained by Todoist or Things. It is full of never-do tasks that I look at and decide “not right now, no…