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Long-time no talk
First off Happy New Years! I hope you're coming off some quality time, whatever that looks like for you.
Let's first address the elephant in the room, I've been growing this list for years but have barely ever used it. Some of you may even be thinking, "when did I sign up for this again?" no worries if you're no longer interested you can go ahead and unsubscribe here.
This email definitely won't be super frequent, overfilling your inbox (I mean I love a good newsletter but I'm also a big fan of inbox-zero) I'd like to say this will be monthly but I think it's going to be something I figure out on the way, and probably not on a schedule.
But with the new year and my birthday in exactly one week, like many people, I'm reflecting back on the past year and thinking what I want to change in 2020 and the 26th year of my life.
I was going to start with sharing a few of my favorite things of 2019 like the Before Launcher (although I did just switch back to iOS, anyone with an android phone you should definitely check this out, it definitely gave me a much healthier relationship with my phone) or the em dash (—) that I just learned of this year and fair warning I'm on the path to becoming the person who annoyingly way overuses it — Like seriously.
But I know your inbox is probably full of "Best of 2019" lists right now, so I thought I'd just start with one thought I have for my 2020 going forward and kind of why I decided to write this email.
A̶ ̶f̶e̶w̶ One thought for 2020:
One thing that felt fitting to start this off with and has been on my mind for a while is around the idea of sharing —
2019 was definitely a year I focused on sharing less, for a lot of different reasons. I didn't post once on Instagram in 2019 (Other than a quick #topnine recap of the year of course) although many people might know this also just led to me pretending to be an investigative reporter for things no one cared about on my Instagram stories (something about the ephemerality of stories I guess made it easier to just think less about sharing)
It wasn't just Instagram though, or social media in general, that could be a whole thing in itself, it was less sharing across the board both online and in-person and it definitely led to creating less in 2019 and I want to change that. Of course, I'm not talking just posting on social media again but I want to focus on creating things again and getting over the fear of putting it out into the world.
To be honest, I even have a bad taste about writing this email. It feels like there are certain things today that feel cliché like starting a newsletter or podcast or how you act on social media/the things you share, and you don't want to just become "that guy" for a lack of better terms. It makes me try to think more about my intention behind creating things and not necessarily the outcome.
I have a lot of thoughts, feelings, and questions around this right now but they have to be worked out more for myself too so hopefully a more refined and eloquent version of them will be one of the first things I share in 2020. But I do think creating helps me process things and I think it left a lot of things unprocessed this past year.
I hope (creating) this helps me become a more effective and direct writer and communicator. I hope it helps fully flesh out more thoughts and hopefully helps me gain some new perspective on ideas from you.
I'll refrain from prefacing every single thing with "This is what I think right now based on my personal experiences to this date" but I hope it's implied that I know I'm going to be wrong, a lot, and when it seems like I'm completely missing something I would love to know!
Okay okay...Lets wrap this up
Well, there are a thousand more things flying around my brain, I feel even a little scattered now, but I'll refrain from overcorrecting and just oversharing every single thing on my mind and save (some of) those for another time as I figure this email out.
I know this was super long for an email. If you got to this point or even just skipped down to the end, I really appreciate you sharing some of you time and truly wishing you all had an amazing New Year's Day and excited for what 2020 is going to mean to you :)
If you ever want to reply to this email and say hey or message me over on Twitter, I'm always happy to connect.
Otherwise, go delete this to clean up your inbox and on to the next thing!
*I heard the advice once for writing emails "You can’t believe how much a funny GIF helps. Everything that makes me smile is a bonus." and also a friend in college told me they thought if it wasn't for GIFs, I just wouldn't talk to people...So at the very least you can always come here just for the GIFs!