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🤔 Letter 104: What happened in March?

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March personal review: loving, lacking, and learning; My first Covid Christmas vlog; Tarzan rope swing

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Aloha fellow learn-it-all,

Greetings from Kapiolani Beach Park, O'ahu 🌺

What an exciting week that it is!

I've landed a role that I'm beyond excited about. More on that after the contract is executed and the dust is settled.

With that said, I'm still always looking for opportunities to learn, grow and collaborate. If I've learned anything from my past month of financial stress, anxiety about my future, and loss of sleep, is that I need to be more proactive in seeking out opportunities.

Please never hesitate to reach out if I can support a creative project you're working on. What I recorded in my video resume still rings true. Past decisions in my career have been made due to my curiosity, love for creation, and cultivating connections through building community.

Heads up, I’m experimenting with adding some new sections: (1) a vlog (2) a journal entry. I’d love to hear from you on whether you’d like to see more of (1) and/or (2).

Now, let’s dive into letter 104 from a learn-it-all. Enjoy!

❓ Question to think about

What happened in March?

🤔 Reflecting

I completed a comprehensive monthly review for March 2022 for the first time in a while. This is my first time sharing one publicly since ten months ago. They were a part of these letters every fourth edition. I stopped and don’t quite know why. It feels good to get things off my chest. Especially because time flies by and I like the accountability.

It was extremely helpful to stop and pause. It's super simple and I highly recommend giving it a shot to recognize patterns in the actions that you take.

Isn’t this neat to see this snapshot of when I was living in Florida a year ago in Letter 54?

Some highlights from March include:

What I loved

What I lacked

What I learned

Habit for April: Unmuting Myself

Continuation of March’s Habit: Daily Typing

Killer Questions Worth Asking

Previously on October 4th, 2020 in Letter 28, I completed a reflection on habits and a quarterly review for fall 2020. I shared intimate and personal things that I surprised myself by rereading. It included highlights of metrics in six buckets: meditation, running, Twitter, newsletter, word count, and hydration. I don’t have a system for tracking these like I used to.

Since completing this March review, I am curious to try to review the first quarter of my year and to see how I paced against my Q1 coordinates so that I can set some for Q2.

📹 Vlogging

So, on Christmas day last year, I was feeling lonely.

Do you blame me? I was home alone with Covid.

I didn't know what exactly to do about it. I'd called family. I'd watched more Netflix than I'd like to admit.

I was bored, so I decided to open the camera and film something. It's off the cuff, unscripted thoughts I was having. Here's my first ever vlog:

I knew I wanted to get better at oration. I've also been curious about vocalizing my journaling for years now. Since Christmas, I've filmed at least a 30-second update on life each day.

I'm starting to compile all these recordings into month-by-month videos. It's another source of information I can use to trigger my memory for reviews. I'm excited to see how these videos can supplement my journals and notes on life for my quarterly review that I'm compiling.

📓 Jen's Journal

The first page of each of my journals, I always rewrite Theodore Roosevelt's Man in the Arena quote. I reinterpret the quote since I am a woman. I've almost got it memorized by now with the 20 or so journals I've got racked up from the past three years.

🌟 Quote to inspire

"Reading and experience train your model of the world.

And even if you forget the experience or what you read, its effect on your model of the world persists.

Your mind is like a compiled program you’ve lost the source of. It works, but you don’t know why."

- Paul Graham

📷 Photo of the Week

I stumbled upon a Tarzan rope at a waterfall.

I accidentally took a right turn instead of a left and came across what was one of the coolest spots I've found on island called Waimano Falls. There were locals there cliff jumping and it was such a thrill. I'm glad I wasn't their mother though. They found three apple watches at the bottom of the cove!

It was so refreshing to take a dip. Regardless of the fact that I did not come prepared with a bathing suit or water moccasins, it was joyous. This rope swing made me think about the Oaktree I had playdates at in my backyard while growing up.

It also had me reminisce on my common app essay for college. I wrote about how I ‘came out of my shell’ during a 7-day camping trip in the 7th grade.

I got nominated for being the best storyteller at campfires, for eating the most hotdogs for a girl, and for being Jane. I was so proud of losing track of the number of times I rock climbed up the cliff crawling with millipedes to then swing off while shouting before landing in what felt like quicksand with mud seeping up to my crotch.

This trip was one of my favorites and most memorable during my tween years. My family isn’t much for camping, so it was unique to pee in an outhouse. I even get excited typing about it right now. Hence, the college essay. Alas, many colleges didn’t like the essay and I got so many rejections. No regrets from me. It was still a favorite transformational trip for me. Thank you to my biology teacher Mr. Fultz for organizing it.

Anywho, I’m not used to suspending myself swinging above water like I used to. My arms are still so sore…. five days later. Yes, I know, I am a limp noodle. There is much room for improvement.

🙏 Shoutouts

I appreciate you reading this! If ideas resonated, I’d love you to leave a comment, reply to this email, or send me a message on Twitter @JenVermet. Visit my online home if you forgot who I am. If you want to know what I'm up to right now, check my now page.

Never stop learning 😁

Mahalo 🌺


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👣 Footnotes

On choosing who we become every day:

On what is becoming one of my second favorite fruits after apples:

On calibrating your internal compass:

On my role models in life:


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