How is it February already? January literally flew by. While I am quite happy with how the month went down – I got to start the year by focusing on forming/deepening some good habits such as exercising, meal prepping or (almost) daily yoga – I do feel like the month went by a tad too quickly. It was also my birthday month so that might as well have sped things up a little bit more.
Speaking of which, this week I had the birthday celebrations continued at work so I spent the week surrounded by pink balloons and had quite a bit of cake. I’ve also received my new coffee mug – delivered all the way from Japan – this Friday and I can’t wait to use it for my morning commute. By the time this post is out, I will probably also post how it looks on my Instagram stories; spoiler alert: it’s very cute. Also, keep an eye for an upcoming review post here on the blog.
The Weekly Reads
How being a workaholic differs from working long hours. There is a difference between working long hours and struggling to detach from work when you get home. And to be honest, I think this is a tough one. As a young professional who wants to get ahead, it’s often hard to distinguish when you are doing it for the sake of getting ahead and when because you simply can’t help it. I tend to justify working long hours to myself as a “conscious decision” that I’ve made but I wonder how much of it is actually true.
Awareness vs. experience. Seth shared a very short but impactful post on the difference between awareness and experience, in a world where we are exposed to much more than we have ever imagined. I have been praising experience in the last year a lot – and this extends from professional to personal life. I think there is virtually nothing that can replace it and it’s such an eye-opener for our thoughts, beliefs and our ability to empathize.
“There’s often a piece of glass between us and the world as it’s delivered to us. That glass magnifies awareness, but it doesn’t have the same impact as experience does. It can’t.”
Questions to ask yourself before quitting your job. If you are playing with the idea of quitting your job, you might want to do your due diligence first and make sure you are making the right decision at the right time, because well, there is a smart way to quit your job. Man Repeller shared a few very good questions that you can ask yourself before taking the plunge.
The reality of side hustles. Side hustles have become much more common and a lot of young people end up with a side hustle either as a creative outlet or for some extra cash. MM LaFleur shows how 15 women do it, why they do it and how they organize their work around it whether their side hustle involves babysitting, business consulting or waiting tables.
What I am listening to. I did not know much about Bob Iger, CEO and Chairman of Disney and when I saw that Tim Ferris had an interview with him on his podcast, I knew I had to listen. If you are curious to hear from the mind behind Disney’s massive acquisitions from the past years – Pixar, Marvel, Lucas Film – make sure to listen, the interview is definitely enjoyable and very insightful.
What I am buying. I saw this beautiful H&M jacket linked on Cap Hill Style‘s weekly edit and I absolutely loved it though I really did not intend to buy it. Nonetheless, one thing takes to another and I ended up checking the price from my H&M account when I saw I had a 25% off an article for my birthday. I can’t say no to a good deal so I ended up ordering it and I am pretty excited about it and can’t wait to get my hands on it. #influenced
Thank you for reading and I hope you are having a great start into the week and new month!