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✏️ Letter 95: My 2021 Annual Review

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Back home in Hawaii

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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!

🖊 Writing

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:

To read the whole essay:

Some more highlights

❓ 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.

🙏 Shoutouts

I appreciate you reading this! If certain ideas resonated or you have feedback to improve my future newsletters, I’d love you to leave a comment, reply to this email, or send me a message on Twitter @JenVermet. If you want to learn more about who I am, I welcome you to visit my online home.

Never stop learning 😁

Mahalo 🌺


PS if you missed my last letter, it was about why I am chasing fear. Read it here.

👣 Footnotes

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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