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🍃 Letter 127: Reflections on Nomadic Life & Overflowing Socialization

10 min

My September monthly review, Letter to your future self exercise, Music Man, Meetups, Sylvester Stallone, Jovial

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Aloha fellow learn-it-all 👋

Greetings from Honolulu, Hawai'i 🌺

It is an absolute dream to be back here. It feels unreal that this is actually my life. It has been like coming back to life as a beginner again. I get the privilege of looking at my life again with freshened eyes.

I’m so grateful. A quick recap on my travels:

Now, let’s dive into letter 127 from a learn-it-all. Enjoy!

❓ Question to think about

What did I love, lack and learn from the month of September?

🖊 Writing

“Better late than never” is a mantra I have to myself. It allows me to live with patience in my life without acting on a false sense of urgency. I finally got around to processing all the experiences I lived out in September. Two of the weeks were in my childhood home in Michigan and the other two were in New York City.

Here’s what my monthly reflection process looked like before I typed it up:

What did I love?

What I lacked

What I learned

Questions to think about (inspired by who?)

Any surprises?

The idea of mindful marketing while in conversation with my friend Josh came about as an idea on Sunday. I’ve always been resistant to thinking of honing this skill. It's an emergent exercise to the top of the funnel of putting a megaphone to an idea like mine at a mega fair showing the swim team and why you should join.

—> My monthly habit: to experiment each day with the intention to try out a marketing tactic or explaining one to someone. I need to create a Notion table to track these.

🎬 Watching

I quite impulsively spent $200 to watch the Broadway Show Music Man. I had no idea what it’d be about but I knew Hugh Jackman was in it. I’ve been a huge fan of him ever since feeling his sense of humility as a human while being interviewed by Tim Ferriss. I shared my podcast notes on it in letter 35.

Some reflections from the show:

✍️ Writing Exercise Letter to my Future Self Exercise

Between now and this weekend (by October 9th), I challenge you to handwrite a letter to yourself that you will open on January 1st 2022. Yes, that means within the next four days. For the best experience, I recommend using a pen and paper away from technology. Take an hour max. Seal it in an envelope and keep it somewhere you can refind it.

I started this exercise in 2019, first shared it in letter 27, then in Letter 80 last year.

In order to put our best foot forward in the new year, capture memories, thoughts, feelings, and learnings from 2022 to support your future self. Plus, it will be a nice gift to yourself at the start of 2023 (gulp I cannot believe that is so soon).

This exercise is a way to pause before fall and winter fly by. Without a doubt 2022 has been a memorable one so far. But, our memory atrophies and it’s easy to forget why.

You don't know what to write about? The audience is for yourself so write whatever your future self would find valuable. Here are some questions to kickstart the process for you:

I'll follow up in the new year and remind you to open these letters. I cannot wait! 😊

🔎 Word to define

Jovial: cheerful and friendly

Etymology: From the late 16th century. From late Latin jovialis ‘of Jupiter’ (see Jove), with reference to the supposed influence of the planet Jupiter on those born under it.

🌟 Quote to inspire

"It's not how hard you hit, it's how hard you can 'get hit' and keep moving forward - that's how winning is done." -Sylvester Stallone

📷 Photos of the Week

I pushed my flight home 24 hours to venture over to Long Island for Amanda's birthday brunch. It was such a memorable gathering full of love, stories and creative energy. I would love to facilitate more gatherings like that. There was such a unique collection of people there from her childhood, her family, and friends ranging from months ago to years ago, like myself.

The vibe of the gathering? Taking up space, feeling bold, and not becoming small for the sake of others.

I'm so excited for what she has in store for her 25th year of life. She is one of the people I met while interviewing entrepreneurs back in 2019 for the book that I never published called "Be a Learn-it-all", which is where the name of this newsletter originated from.

While I was out on the east coast, I squeezed in a day trip to Philadelphia.

In Letter 51, I mention first meeting Brendan and Dan. (Sidenote: I was living in Florida for the month to test out a different lifestyle alone in the tropics.) We started an ad-hoc writing group to zoom out and talk more about our newsletters. It was such a hoot. If you ever need a restaurant rec while in Philly, Brendan is your go-to guy.

🙏 Shoutouts

I appreciate you reading this!

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Never stop learning 😁

Mahalo 🌺


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👣 Footnotes

On the perspective of problems:

On taking the pressure off:

On marketing and influence:

On the bridges across NYC:


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