Every week, my newsletter subscribers get links to some of the goodies that I’ve come across on the internets.
Here were the goodies that my peeps got their learn on in November.
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Biggest Lesson of the Month
You have to make time for yourself.
With me working a full time gig, and trying to continue to produce content at the rate I am, there was one big thing I was neglecting in my life.
I was sustaining this for awhile, as I always had the beacon of being student loan free to look forward to, but I had a moment which hit critical mass, and I realized how neglecting myself was hurting me and my loved ones.
Now am I going to reduce my content? My hope is no. I am in so much love with the process of learning and teaching that comes with this site that I in no way see myself stopping.
What I am doing however, is making more time for me in my daily schedule, limiting my availability, and I am excited to see what areas my life will improve, especially this one.
How do you build time in your day, week for yourself? Comment below. I need all suggestions!
Health & Wellness
A Cure for ADHD?
Say what you will about anecdotal evidence, but this story regarding targeting sleep for a child with “ADHD” was pretty profound.
After going to several doctors, mom put some crazy connections together, and the results are outstanding. Makes me wonder what will happen when I make some tweaks to my airway.
Men are hurting
Nate Green wrote this article on a retreat for men that aims to purge toxic emotions.
A powerful quote to show what the goal of this retreat: “Men are hurting themselves and they’re hurting other people. But men are not getting the help they need.”
Make your sleep routine impeccable
This article was absolute fire (except for recommending cereal) when it comes to all of the environmental factors you can manage when it comes to maximizing your sleep/shifting your bed time.
It’s not just about the pre-bed routine, but everything matters. That includes when you eat, when you exercise, everything impacts sleep.
Willpower is BS
You ever get the urge to binge-watch Netflix or Youtube when you could be working on something more meaningful? Try as you might to push through it, we all falter from time to time.
That’s because willpower is BS. Instead, this article outlines how to make growth-based activities habitual, and how to overcome common pitfalls that occur along the way. You may want to get a friend for this.
Why are some people good at resisting temptations?
Sure, willpower is BS, but why do some people do an amazing job at resisting temptations, while others falter when the donut is right in front of them?
This post provides some answers, looking into the factors that contribute to success some people have at resisting temptation, all without sacrificing willpower.
You’d be surprised how far staying away from tempting situations will get you 🙂
Stop wasting time on the internet
How often are you on your phone? Especially when hanging out with loved ones? This post discusses just how technology is ruining our lives…increasing depression and suicide rates….everything.
Have I got your attention?
The solutions purported to give yourself a digital detox are awesome to consider, and I will definitely be implementing some of these strategies to reduce my time on tech.
Weather got you down? Not for long
This year is the first in a minute where I’m going to be in the cold, and it’s got me down a bit.
Fortunately, this post gives you some suggestions on how to combat seasonal affective disorder. Take care of yourself if you can’t get that much sun.
What is the opposite of addiction?
It’s not what you think, but in this Sam Harris podcast, cultivating this is essential to getting over addiction, anxiety, and depression.
Let’s just say that many of our modern marvels of social media and virtual lifestyles are taking a toll on us.
How to become a better person
I’ve been getting a bit into Sam Harris again, and I really loved this podcast he did with David Brooks on becoming a better person.
The discussion on resume virtues vs. eulogy virtues is one that will make you think and refocus your priorities.
Pleasure vs. fulfillment
Let’s not get it twisted fam, the past year has been tough. It’s been a lot of work, it seems as though the end of the tunnel is far away, and I haven’t had as much free time as i’d like.
And that’s totally ok, because it’s helping me feel fulfilled with what I deem is my purpose.
Many of us pursue pleasure to make us feel good in the moment, but this article might help you think differently. Check this out of the grind has you down.
Time > Money
This heartfelt story from the folks at Get Rich Slowly illustrates why time is more important than money, and why you should not waste opportunities that come your way. It’s things like this which reaffirm me taking way more vacations this year than I ever have before.
Explaining pain in the simplest way possible
Explaining pain can be a dodgy topic. The last thing you want to do is make someone feel as though “it’s all in their head.” You also don’t want to geek out too much.
That’s where Aline Thompson’s post comes in. Here she outlines why you need to keep “the pain talk” simple, and her helpful analogies make explaining pain ridiculously simple.
My favorite nugget: 25% of individual have pain beyond normal healing times. This lets those in persistent pain know they are not alone.
A breathing algorithm
Coach Lucy Hendricks has been on a blogging terror, this time releasing a video outlining her step-by-step process as to how she coaches breathing.
If you have a cluster of tests in the upper body and you are unsure of where to start, consider the confusion alleviated.
Recovery is just a bowl of cherries
We passed a lot of the Grizz fam tart cherry juice when I was in the league, and I wasn’t sure why. This infographic by Yann Le Meur illustrates answered that question, showing the what, when, and how of using cherry juice.
When Hip Hop meets funk
Anderson .Paak is one of my favorite newer cats on the blog, and I am digging his experimental funk album Onxard.
While it’s no Malibu, Oxnard blends some intriguing drums, has .Paaks innovative voice, and the features on this…OMG.
The most gangsta collab you’ve heard in a minute
Freddie Gibbs has been in my top 5 since I’ve really started diving into his library, and he just released this awesome effort with Curren$y.
The beats = fire. The verses = fire. and the chemistry between these two great Emcees is refereshing. If you need to feel G’d up, this is the joint to listen to.
Give New Thangs a listen.
Slaughterhouse is not dead
Or at least Joell Ortiz is not, after he popped this record with Apollo Brown producing, and the amount of firepower and realism on this joint is absolute inspiring. Kudo to my boi Iordan Krouchev on this one.
When Hip Hop meets funk
Many don’t know Masta Ace, but he was a profound influence on many of the modern day greats, especially Eminem. He recently released a collab album with producer Marco Polo called A Breukelen Story, and it’s east coast hip hop in it’s purest form. The samples Marco Polo uses remind of something the love child between DJ Premier and Pete Rock would do, and Masta Ace’s storytelling is second to none.
A eh, certain Chicago team
I grew up a diehard Bulls fan, got to see MJ play, and it was an amazing time to be in Illinois. The Bulls were even my first away game when I worked in the league.
That’s why I found this story on how the Bulls acquired their entrance music to be quite fun and reeking of nostalgia. If you are/were a Bulls fan, you’ll want to give this a read.
The death of Facebook?
Because I’ve realized how unhappy social networks make me, I’ve been trying to minimize my time on Facebook.
Evidently, I am not alone. As this article outlines the incredible uphill battle that Facebook has in staying afloat. Will the empire collapse? For the sake of our ability to connect with one another, I kinda hope so.