Freedom of Menus

Last month, a friend from my January retreat/ongoing mastermind shared with us that she’d made herself a menu of options for her mornings. Instead of sticking to a “morning routine,” now when she woke up she could look at the menu and pick whatever felt best for herself that particular morning.

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Be Kind.

At my local post office here in Utah over the weekend, I spotted a new sign on the bulletin board.

I love its message, and it’s a timely reminder for residents because our state has “reopened” from the covid shutdowns.

Here’s the sign:

be kind UT sign

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You are supplied for today and all of your tomorrows

As a fun experiment, I’ve recorded myself reading this essay. Listen below—in three parts—or simply scroll down to read.


Last spring, before I headed to the trailhead of the 800-mile Arizona Trail I was about to thru-hike, I loaded up my water supply to full capacity: 6 liters.

I wasn’t sure what water sources would be like nor how frequently I’d come across them, so I wanted to err on the safe side.

Four of those liters were easily accessible while hiking: two gatorade bottles and two smart water bottles.

The other two liters were stored in a Platypus—a clear, flexible water container—which lived deep in the back of my pack. It was not easily accessible while hiking, and in my mind I thought of it as my “emergency water.” Just in case.

After the first two days, I’d crossed enough flowing streams to know that two liters of emergency water was overkill. There was no reason to be carrying all of this dead weight! Read more

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Unbound Upcycle Book Art Creation

Sometime in March, while browsing my local library’s website, I saw that they were hosting an “Un-bound Upcycle Book Art Contest” that month.

You go to your local branch, ask for an old book, and then use it as your canvas. You can turn it into… anything!

I saw this as a very low-pressure, fun Yes, yet still very much a challenge.

What can I do with a book, using what I have in my home?

What ideas do I want to share?

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