What I learned last week (#178): I want a van

Illustration of a VW van with rainbow colors streaming off it.

A weekly selection of what I was reading, drawing, writing, and doing.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

Henry David Thoreau

I had my second professional coaching session last week and it was illuminating. As we were talking about my journey to this point and specific choices I’ve made to change (jobs, teams, companies, countries), my coach asked me “what was the cost of that choice”? What followed was really profound for me.

One of the things last month’s amplify and reduce goals taught me was that giving myself 30 days to do something was helpful. I took something that I had been procrastinating on for months and got it done in just a few days based on a forced deadline.

I made a little painting: Sleeping giants (a painting)

Painting of a mountain landscape with figures crouched beneath the mountains and a hiker walking between them.

I learned that I can use an Xbox controller with my iPhone (to play Minecraft). I feel like I should have known this a LONG time ago.

I thought about fear and our relationship to it in Lying down on an icy couch, part of me reading and writing about Radical Acceptance this month.

Nothing happened with the house renovation again this week except more excuses and delays, so this book excerpt helped a lot:

“Entirely up to you are your considered judgments, your opinions, your goals, your adopted values, and your decisions to act or not to act—in essence, what you decide upon after reflection and deliberation. Not entirely up to you is pretty much everything else, but especially your body, your relationships, your career, your reputation, and your wealth—in essence, things you can influence but the outcome of which also depends on others.” (Massimo Pigliucci, The Stoic Guide to a Happy Life)

Oh, I want a van.

Did you ever wonder about how much space debris there is around the planet? No? This visual story will amaze you.

Finally, a compelling case to switch to a four day work week:

Last but not least, check out what I’m up to now.

🖼️ The featured image at the top of this post is an illustration from my watercolor pad using Derwent Inktense Watercolors + Uniball Eye pen

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