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Aloha fellow learn-it-all
Greetings from Diamond Head, O'ahu, Hawaii 🌺
Wow it is so great to be back. I received such a blessed feeling of ohana being lei'd with a necklace of the most fragrant flowers at the airport before getting ice cream sandwiches on the way home. A month away and I feel more appreciative than ever to be back.
Now, let’s dive into letter 95 from a learn-it-all. Enjoy!
After a month of reflecting and processing my thoughts and memories, I've finally published my 6,000 word 2021 annual review.
Much of it is qualitative analysis where I get in the weeds on my personal and professional life of what went well and what I'd like to improve upon this year with some future coordinates.
Some quantitive highlights from my review are:
- Email List Growth: 173 → 311 subscribers (79% increase)
- Twitter Growth: 587 → 824 followers (40% increase)
- New Articles Published: 16
- Letter from a Learn-it-all Emails Sent: 51
- Unique Website Visitors: 2,006 → 4,822 Page Visitors (139% increase)
- Most Popular and Personal Essay: 25 Lessons from 25 years
- Most Proud Essay: The Art of Pausing in a Busy World
- Most Viewed Youtube Video: The Art of Journaling
- Most Playful Poem: Hey Haleakalā
- Favorite Book: How to Live by Derek Sivers
- Favorite Workbook: Walking in this World by Julia Cameron
- Favorite Picture:
To read the whole essay:
Some more highlights
- Favorite App: Superhuman Email Software
- Runner Ups: 1Password, Freedom, Hemingway, otter.ai, forest, Readwise
- Favorite Practical Buys: Sony 6400 Camera, Brooks Running shoes
- Most Fun Buys: You’re fucking dope stickers, Kanile ukulele
- My Second Podcast Interview: Taylor Marks on the Vault
- Best buy I splurged on: red Japanese Kymko moped
- Second Favorite Best Buy: Wavestorm surfboard
- Favorite Habit: Morning journaling followed by reading Julia Cameron
- Favorite Weekly Routine: Hammocking during sunsets
- Favorite Writing Communities: Write of Passage and Foster
- Best Skill: Writing Online
- Most Fun Skill: Surfing
- Best Course: Michael Dean’s Writing Studio
- Favorite Musician: Mike Posner
- My Three Words: Play, Intention, Experiment
- New Best Friend and Roommate: Emily Waguespack
- Favorite online writers: Ask Polly, Penelope Trunk
- Favorite Book Authors: Derek Sivers, Julia Cameron, Liz Gilbert
❓ Question to think about
How can I partner with my fear?
🔎 Word to define
Fear: To be in apprehension of evil; to be afraid; to feel anxiety on account of some expected evil.
A painful emotion or passion excited by the expectation of evil, or the apprehension of impending danger; apprehension; anxiety; solicitude; alarm; dread.
Archaic definition: a mixed feeling of dread and reverence.
The verb is from Middle English 'fere', from Old English fǣran (“to frighten, raven”), from the noun. Cognate with the archaic Dutch verb varen (“to fear; to cause fear”).
Last week, I shared in letter 94 that I chase my fears in order to regain optionality in my life over what I choose to do rather than allow it to have power over me.
🌟 Quote to inspire
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent van Gogh
📷 Photo of the Week
Within my first 24 hours of being back on island, I had a solid surf session and a beautiful sunset sail. I caught three of the biggest waves, around 4-5 feet tall, in my six month career at a new (to me) surf spot called "threes" off of Waikiki. It was absolutely epic. I couldn't stop smiling. I've missed this community that has been created here. It's unlike anything I have ever felt before in my life.
- To Caryn Tan, Paul Millerd, and Gwyn Wansbrough for supporting me in bringing my annual review to light
- To my friends Sara and Emily for picking me up from the airport and being the best friends
- To my friend Drake for loaning me The Meg, the most buoyant board I have ever surfed on
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Never stop learning 😁
PS if you missed my last letter, it was about why I am chasing fear. Read it here.
On the win win mindset:
On systemizing creativity:
On all the feels of ohana as I arrive back in Hawaii with a lei, surf sesh and yummy brunch:
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