Currently Working On
Unfortunately what I’m currently working on and placing most of my attention to is confidential. However, keep coming back to this page as I will be updating it as soon as I can say anything about it, (or subscribe to my exclusive newsletter to be the first to find out more!)
I usually like to have 3 very different books on the go, in hopes of allowing a unique collision of ideas.
- Leonardo Da Vinci - The Biography, by Walter Isaacson
- Range, by David Epstein
- Steal Like An Artist, by Austin Kleon (A book I often re-read).
Currently Listening To
“Becoming George”, Abel Korzeniowski (From A Single Man Soundtrack). Every morning: I get out of bed, I make a pot of tea, and read my book - all whilst listening to this song on loop. I find it carries with it both a sense of calm and a gradual sense of optimism about the day.
So Cosy Radio. There is not an episode of this show that I miss. This remains my secret weapon for getting into the flow at work.
Idea I’m ruminating on
Whilst a bit morbid, the closing of this year has made me think about this old, African proverb:
“When an old person dies, a library burns to the ground.”
Habits I’m developing
Meditation. I’ve now been meditating on and off for the past 5 years, but in the past year, I’ve really deepened my practice to an extent where the definition of meditation and intent for maintaining the practice have changed significantly. Thank you both to the Waking Up and Headspace app for enabling my practice. My awareness has never been so strong.
Skipping. You might be wondering, wait… skipping? What? After having recently read Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, I was encapsulated by a desire to become more physically fit: to do the work to tell my body to come at each day with more energy. And also, to have a lower resting heart-rate. Somehow that also managed to seem quite desirable… Whilst I’ve kept up a great weight-lifting routine for near 7 years now, I’ve unfortunately never maintained a routine for cardiovascular exercise. This is partially intentional, as I know my rapid metabolism would turn me into twig if paired with a regular cardiovascular exercise regiment. But at this stage, especially during a pandemic, keeping healthy and being full of energy is far more interesting to me than maintaining some desired physical appearance. Skipping is damn well fun too. I feel like Rocky!
Tapering off coffee. My fear is that this is too controversial to talk about at length, so let me just say, it isn’t for me anymore. Green tea is my friend now.
Shout out to Derek Sivers for starting the /now movement.