Inspiration: February 12

Inspiration February 12 >> Life In Limbo

I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried (like a baby) when I watched this beautiful video.

Go Axe, for finally including more than one type of masculinity in your commercials, brand and paradigm! A great Superbowl ad.

Humans of New York is always and forever inspiring, but this post in particular touched my heart. I’ve really been enjoying all of the interviews with prison inmates – they’re often surprising and touching.

I love both Seth Godin and Tim Ferriss, so this interview was wonderful to listen to. It’s long – 2 hours – but I barely noticed the time going by.

I’m considering doing a Camp NaNoWriMo (writing a novel in a month besides November) to get back into the writing groove. Their writing resources are very helpful as well.

I made this zucchini bread in muffin form this week and they are unreal – so good!

It was exciting to see new products and a shop update for the Get To Work Book.

It was a quiet week around here, a long weekend for Ecuador until Tuesday so things got off to a slow start. We had my boyfriend’s family over for dinner last night though, which was lovely. I made a frittata (a riff on this recipe) and a big beautiful salad (with this homemade salad dressing) and everything was delicious and cozy and I felt very happy. This weekend one of my best friends is arriving from NYC (!!!!!!) and I’m so excited to show her around this city as best I can. Yay! Have a wonderful weekend, friends.

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How to Use The Airport Test to Make Better Decisions


Yesterday I listened to an episode of The Lively Show interviewing Pat Flynn. One moment from the interview really stood out to me – in fact, it literally made me stop in my tracks, turn off the episode, get out my notebook and write down my thoughts.

Pat has just written a new book called Will It Fly?, which is about testing out your business ideas to see whether they’ll take off and be successful or never really get off the ground and flop. His techniques are designed to stop you pouring time and money into ideas that aren’t going to work.

One thing I found very interesting about his approach was that he suggests not only market-testing, but self-testing. That is, he’s not only interested in whether a particular idea is a good fit for your audience and the marketplace, but whether it is a good fit for you. In the episode he shared one type of self-test in particular that I found very powerful, called the Airport Test.

Here’s how to do the Airport Test:

1. Imagine that five years from now, you run into an acquaintance at the airport whom you haven’t seen for the past five years. They ask you how things are, and you truthfully respond with, “Things are absolutely amazing! They couldn’t be any better.”

2. Get out a piece of paper and divide it into four sections

2. Write down the four most important areas of your life as headings for each section – for example, family, professional, health and finances.

3. Fill in each section with the ideas that come up for you as you imagine that airport scenario and how it would feel to talk about all the wonderful things happening in your life.

What I love about this exercise is that it includes an emotional component. You have to think about what would make you feel like everything is going beautifully in your life, and that makes it a little easier to imagine what those things might be. I ended up having some insights and ideas that I didn’t even see coming.

I also love that it makes things clearer and it becomes easier to see the bigger picture. You can see what you want the general themes of your life to be, which can help you to decide between various options starting from today. It can help you identify whether a certain job, activity, or relationship is going to get you closer to that vision of the future or steer you further away from it.

Of course, dreams change over time and we should try to stay open to new opportunities and types of growth. I also think it’s important to trust your gut and check in every so often to see if you feel differently. But I think having a guide, even a rough one, to where you want to go can help you make start to make smart, thoughtful decisions right now.

Ps. Here’s another of my very favourite techniques for making better decisions, and how I try to live more intentionally.

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Inspiration: February 5

This list of 100 dreams inspired me to make one of my own. I’ve made one for my life overall before (kind of like a bucket list), but this time I decided to make one just for the rest of 2016.

An interesting technique that organization expert Marie Kondo uses to declutter her brain.

I am so hooked on the Serial Season 1 updates that have been coming out this week.

Dear Sugar Radio did a three part series on looking for “The One” which was sensitive, thoughtful, fascinating and helpful. You can find the first episode here.

Such a wonderful, beautiful photo series to encourage the adoption of pit bull-type dogs and break down stereotypes.

A lovely list of 52 places to visit in 2016 from the NY Times, although I was surprised by how many were cities in the USA.

I made this impressive-looking but easy bread this week and it was delicious. 

On the podcast this week, we discussed Laura’s experience getting an IUD, and we have been happy to be getting such thoughtful feedback from listeners.

This week went by in an absolute flash, which seems to be happening a lot lately. I went to a book club for Modern Romance, checked out the wonderful Capilla del Hombre Guyasamin museum with a new friend, and helped out with a great webinar for work. This weekend we have yoga in the park and hopefully a good amount of reading. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Lately: January 2016

Lately January >> Life In Limbo

Here’s what I was doing in January:

Watching Suits for the first time, and some of the Oscar Nominees.

Using the 1 Second Everyday app, and loving it.

Learning this Where They From choreography.

Finishing the Brilliant Beautiful Blog ecourse.

Looking for the light.

Buying a Photoshop CC membership and that dance tutorial to spark joy.

Listening to Happier with Gretchen Rubin and the Every Branch podcast.

Eating a lot of green apples, scrambled eggs on toast, roasted broccoli, and Greek-inspired salad.

Baking these excellent biscuits and this delicious cinnamon bread.

Working often at a café with great coffee and reliable wifi.

Sitting on a doughnut cushion on account of bruising my tailbone while paragliding for the first time (which was so fun!).

Drinking cold brew coffee every morning (so ridiculously easy) made in my new coffee maker (my December spark joy purchase).

Feeling a little anxious, but also hopeful and grateful for my life.

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