I've been a bit lazy with the newsletter recently - although it's biweekly, I skipped sending it out 2 weeks ago. Life got a bit crazy, but it's time to get back on track.
I just got my COVID vaccine this week, so I told myself to take it easy. Surprisingly, I didn't really experience any side effects other than fatigue - I slept through my Friday! If you have the opportunity to get the vaccine, do so. It doesn't matter which vaccine you get. The best one is the one that you are offered. Hopefully, with more vaccine rollouts we'll be able to return to normalcy.
Also, this week marked the beginning of the month of Ramadhan! Have a blessed month and happy fasting to those observing the month!
I wanted to keep it simple this week and just share what I've been writing and reading.
Links for you
If there's one item I bought myself that has changed my life the most over the past 2 years, I'd say that it's the Kindle. Reading books is a life cheat code, and a Kindle just makes reading easy.
Sloths have a bad rep, but we should honestly learn from them. They're slow and intentional with their actions. It's time to do the same and be mindful of our work. Sloths are adorable too!
We should all spend a few hours each day being disconnected and using that time to focus. Use it to practise, create, and do what you love. Do this every day and you'll be surprised where you get in a year.
Food for thought
This is a great tweet about inventions that got inspiration from other industries. Everyone imitates. It reminds me of this quote by Jim Jarmusch “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.”
Here's a quote from Seth Godin, who has published an article daily for over a decade.
"Everyone should write a blog, every day, even if no one reads it. There’s countless reasons why it’s a good idea and I can’t think of one reason it’s a bad idea." "If you know you have to write a blog post tomorrow, something in writing, something that will be around 6 months from now, about something in the world, you will start looking for something in the world to to write about. You will seek to notice something interesting and to say something creative about it. Well, isn’t that all we’re looking for? The best practice of generously sharing what you notice about the world is exactly the antidote for your fear."
Thanks for reading!
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