As we wrap up 2022, which has been one tough year for many people (including me), I want to emphasize mental health going into 2023

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I am keeping this simple today: focus on your mental health.

As we wrap up 2022, which has been one tough year for many people (including me), I want to emphasize mental health going into 2023.

We are all trying to be our best selves and constantly reaching for that next thing: a new business, a new job, a new car, whatever it is. We all do it. We are humans, and we all want more. Over the past year, I have been focusing on less. I don’t mean doing less, but buying less and being ok with what I have.

Our minds will always detour into “you need that new thing.” But what if we shift that energy into ourselves and take care of our mental and physical health?

It's ok to switch it up, do what's right for you.

  • It’s ok to sleep in and not get up at 5 am every morning.
  • It’s ok to take a random day off and say, “fuck it.”
  • It’s ok to miss a few tasks that you had to do.

One thing I will implement in the new year is taking 2 Mondays and 2 Fridays off every month. I want to spend more time just blocking off all work-related things and doing some writing, spending time with my dogs, and hanging out with my parents.

Take breaks

If work is constantly draining you, start trying new things.

→ Work for 30 mins in full focus mode, then take a break.

→ Work for a full hour, then take a break.

Walks are crucial to clear the mind. Listen to what’s going on outside, the air, the birds, and the wind. All these sounds are experiences that disconnect you from the BS (work).

Find activities that give you a disconnect from work.

Any of these will do:

  • Sports
  • Walks
  • Art
  • Reading
  • Music
  • Enjoying nature
  • A nap

Give your brain a break; let it reset and regroup. Let it process all the stuff you’re doing.

I step away for three reasons:

  1. Process the ideas that I have.
  2. Solve existing problems that I have trouble with.
  3. Sit in silence and let my brain detach from noise.

It’s crucial to take care of your mental health, don’t wait until tomorrow; start with small steps today.

2-3 of the tweets from the week.

Tweet 1: Launched Thymeline on ProductHunt this week - super excited about this.

Tweet 2: Parker wrote an awesome compilation thread on writing, storytelling, and mindset - some heavy hitters in there!

Tweet 3: Amazing thread by Pia - we are all different flavors, read this!

Podcast stuff:

Season 2 of the WIMB podcast has come to an end. Here are some quotes from each amazing conversation I had during this season. These people are truly inspiring and I highly recommend checking these episodes out.

Building Bridges Between E-Commerce and Blockchain

If you're a founder and you're thinking about selling your business, you should exercise all of your options. You should talk to everyone you can and you should do it throughout the whole process of your business. Every time you get approached, I think you should at least have a few conversations. - Elise Decamp

Apple Podcasts »

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Reimagining the Subscription Economy

Each product, each consumer is different. So it’s important to make sure you're optimizing each journey for them. But also to have the flexibility that allows them to create their own journey and dictate what's most conducive to their own lifestyle and not what a brand's research is saying or what we're assuming how a consumer would be using a product. - Gabriella Tegen & Shannon O'Boyle

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Building Trust Through Email Marketing

When people look at email, they look at it as a source of revenue for their business. And yes, it is. But it's really so much more than that. Most of your email program should not be trying to get somebody to buy something. It's really like you're holding your customer's hand and each of them has this journey that they're going through that is educational and it makes them trust you. - Karly McFarland

Apple Podcasts »

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How To Get Into Writing... And Tweeting

I really didn't want to be 40 and still dreaming about quitting and doing something. So I just quit. It was an interesting decision. And seven months later I think I'm doing well. Seven months later, I have no regrets. - Adi Verma

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Spotify »

Lessons from a Serial Entrepreneur

It’s hard to know which winds are going to blow when. The sense of stability that a lot of businesses enjoyed for so long is gone. And so this is a season in many cases for entrepreneurs because it's a season of uncertainty. It's a good time to be an entrepreneur because there's a lot of opportunity being created. - Jeb Banner

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Behind the Scenes

That's what a lot of people don't understand or never get to experience is the freedom that comes with entrepreneurship. The possibilities are endless when you become an entrepreneur. That's the beauty of it. - Salla Västilä

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Staying On Task: Project Management 101

There's a formula for how people behave and why they behave in certain ways. So you can have a test hypothesis and with very little effort, high leverage, put that out in the world and see if it changes behavior. - Kenny Smithnanic

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Solopreneuring Through Imposter Syndrome

There are moments when you feel like you're flying sky high and other days where it feels like you're in the ground. Why don't we hear that story more? Behind the scenes. The days when you're sitting in the kitchen drinking what's now a cold cup of coffee and wondering what the fuck you're doing with your life. - Pia Mailhot-Leichter

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How To Hustle On Twitter

The exciting part about working online is that you find your niche and things that you're excited about. So essentially you're creating a world where you're making more money with more flexible time, doing the kind of work you love. - Brian O'Connor & Harris Fanaroff

Apple Podcasts »

Spotify »

From Pastor To Comedian, And Something In The Middle

Good things happen out of bad things. Bad things can inform what you're going to do next that can be good. - Clifford Myers

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Check out the Podcast Episode

That's a wrap for issue #28

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