I don’t know about you, but I had a wild first full week back to “normalcy” — lots of meetings, planning, and meetings about planning... I do love a good season of introspection, but afterward, I just want to get to work. Let’s do the damn workout instead of planning my workout regimen; let’s get to the thing we’re dreaming of creating and not sit in the dreaming-of-doing-it stage. I’m grateful for time to think and reflect. I’m even more grateful when it motivates me to move on to good work and an even better mindset.
With that in mind, most of my week was focused on one goal — getting The Good List the podcast launched and ready for your earbuds. And I’m happy to say as of 9:20 pm last night, it finally left its launchpad! It’s imperfect, it’s in that early toddler stage of wobbling as it finds its feet, and I’m hopeful it’ll only get better from here. Cheers to sending out art into the world, no matter its dents and scratches! 🍾
5 Quick Things ☕️
1. Today I wrote about my hope and motivation for The Good List.
2. The Zora Canon celebrates the 100 greatest books ever written by African-American women (let’s make a pact to add several of these to our 2020 reading lists).
3. Rick Steves’ special on Iran is free to watch online at the moment… seems like a good time for us to dive in (Books & Crannies subscribers, shall we do a WRLD episode on this soon?).
4. I keep thinking about this idea of an artful out-of-office reply. “I want you to imagine a middle-aged man who fell in love with a beautiful baby girl almost 18 years ago.” 😭
“Sometimes quitting does not imply one's weakness. It sometimes show one's strength for being brave enough to put an end to the things he once thought he could not do.”
― Krizha Mae G. Abia
Time Machine ⏰
One year ago, Christine wrote about what her 40s are teaching her. I nodded my way through this.
Have a great week!
p.s. Once you give The Good List a whirl and you think you’d like to listen to it regularly, would you be the amazing person you are and subscribe to it wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts? That way, you’ll never miss an episode (as of now, new ones will drop on Thursdays). Thank you in advance — I really appreciate it!