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Dear Bougie: Part One

I’ve been collecting videos, articles and ideas to post while we’re both touring like mad and not able to keep our Skype dates on the regular. Also, I think it’ll be fun to revisit these posts at the end of the year, and recall what I was reading and watching each month. In any case, there’s a lot in this post, so I’ll get to posting so we can catch up a little.

What Motivates Us?
Have you seen this video called What Motivates Us? Brian shared it with me a month ago and badgered me until I watched it. Of course, I loved it and wanted to share it with you (and the world.) It’s a fascinating animation on what motivates humans – and although some of what’s discussed sounds familiar, it was a great refresh on a subject that occupies a lot of my thoughts. Brian never steers me wrong. Let me know if it resonates with you.

Mel Robbins: The Five Second Rule
I mentioned Mel Robbins to you last time we spoke. I’m not convinced this is “One of the Best Speeches Ever” but I did leave with one solid phrase to mull over and it’s been about a month and it’s still in the back of my mind when I get up and push myself to go for a run or do my morning meditation.  If you have time to watch this, I’d be interested if the same thing sticks out for you. Oh, and the background music is too loud, and “motivational” and definitely detracts from the video, but by about 5 minutes in I could ignore it.

Reading in Bed Together
This is a sweet video about relationships and reading in bed together. I love it, and hope you do too.

The Surprising Benefits of Boredom
This is the topic that most interests me these days, and maybe forever. Remembering the benefits of being bored: creativity, focus and more. This is a good quick read on the subject. Related to this is Cal Newport’s recent blog post  - I’m trying to do this more and more, do my work at my desk, not use my phone for work, and leaving it at home when I go out to grocery shop, workout or simply go for a walk. Because of this, I’m starting to use my little digital camera again.

“In our always-connected world, boredom may be an elusive state, but it is a fertile one. Watch paint dry or water boil, or at least put away your smartphone for a while. You might unlock your next big idea.” I’ve been thinking about this a lot.

Some Extra Bits and Bobs from February 

  • I Floated for the first time and now I’m obsessed. I wrote a blog about it here.
  • I’m currently watching (and loving) The Good Place. It’s funny and smart and Ted Danson is in peak form.
  • Helen Dardik is an artist I found through Instagrams recommended posts – finally they got one right! She paints beautiful, colourful pieces and I get lost in her time-lapse videos on Instagram.
  • I just started audio-reading The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin – and so far so good. More about human behaviour and some interesting insights into how and why people behave the way they do. According to the quiz, I’m a Questioner. What are you?

Bougie, there are so many more things on my mind that I want to talk about with you but I can wait until next time.  I hope tour is kicking ass.  I am enjoying your posts and Bananagram boards and your first crossword! I will be printing it out and working on it on my flight out on February 28th. There’s a good chance I’ll see you the day before your birthday because I think we’ll both be in Toronto then – so until then, be well, have fun and I’ll talk to you soon.


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