Relax...
"I know I'm not perfect, but I am original." - Difference, Childish Gambino
The five:
  1. Time-restricted feeding is apparently all the rage in weightless now. When it comes to weight, I am of the do what feels right for your body. Also, it’s totally okay to be good not great. If you’re looking cheap-eats recipes, this is a pretty good list
  2. If you want to achieve more, do less, and to succeed at work worker smarter, not harder. Here are the mental habits of effective leaders
  3. Elizabeth Gilbert on love, loss, and grief, also there are many sides to every story, and each one shapes our reality. I’m a big Shane Parish fan, but I have not done my fandom justice to the point of creating a list of the greatest lessons learned from his incredible research and curation job
  4. Creative projects are really hard to start — here’s why. Also, can mindfulness meditation save America? Maybe it can.
  5. Here’s what to do if you’re facing a tough decision

How to write your mission statement 🗒️
This week, I was listening to Freakonomics Radio. It’s one of my favorite podcasts, and they are tackling one of my favorite topics - creativity.  

During this episode, they interviewed the world renowned musician, Wynton Marsalis. During the interview, Marsalis described the mission statement his father asked him to write when he was a young boy. It had three parts:  

what do I want to do 
how do I achieve it 
why am I doing it? 

I was listening to the episode during a late-night ride on my bicycle. The simplicity nearly knocked me out of the seat. I immediately went home and wrote out my mission. I modified the questions though: 

what am I doing? 
why am I doing it? 
how am I going to get it done? 

I wanted to really cut to the heart of what I was really prioritizing in my life now, why i was prioritizing that thing, and how I could get it done and out of the way so I could move to the next thing that was truly meaningful to me. 

So I answered each question, trying to be as brutally honest as possible. While I wasn’t necessarily happy with my answers, I felt a huge sense of relief that I had stated plainly what I was doing with my one, most precious resource: time. 

If you’ve struggled to find purpose or meaning in your life, or you’re worried your spending time on the wrong things, try answering these questions - whether Wynton's version or mine. Hopefully, it will bring you clarity, and help you identify what you need to change to go in the direction of your dreams.  
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