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What I learned last week (#183): three years in Scotland


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


Last week my family and I celebrated (?) three years of living in Scotland. I went through my photos and tried to pick one per month, mostly looking on the bright side of things.

Will we make it another three? 🤔

I spent most of last week off work with the kids. They are on summer vacation and I had a few moments where I wished I had more time to myself and then thought, wait, what?

I learned about a really valuable process for being a better listener and communicator.

I was reminded about how the goal should be to become a novice, not an expert, when starting something new.

We visited one of my most favorite places, Chatelherault Country Park, last weekend and it was prettier and better than I remembered.

Watercolor painting of a river with a rocky bottom and trees lining each side.
Painting of the rive at Chatelherault Country Park

I didn’t do a lot of browsing last week, but here are a couple of things that I did come across 👌🏼

I read a lot of biographies. People who have biographies written about them have two things in common. First, they are obsessed. Second, they never stray from doing the work. John Carmack was obsessed with game engines. Orville and Wilbur Wright were obsessed with manned flight. Leonardo da Vinci was obsessed with the structure of things. So they would code, construct, and paint. That’s not to say they did no meta thinking. Carmack published plan files, the Wright brothers maintained extensive correspondence detailing their experiments, and Leonardo da Vinci is known for his magnificent notebooks. But you’d be hard pressed to find them writing letters about writing letters. They were busy doing the work.

Also, the biggest event last week wasn’t our three-year anniversary, it was that we finally stayed in our house for the first time in nearly seven months.

Does this relax you? 😎

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

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