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March 2022: The Club + Shark Attack Documentaries

Happy Monday! I wanted to steer very clear of April Fools Day, so here’s a delayed monthly recap for your morning. 

Best Book I Read This Month 

The Club was one of those books I checked out on a whim but found myself recommending immediately after finishing. Plot twist after effortless plot twist. It has been a long time since I turned the final few pages of a book with truly no idea how it was going to end. Highly recommend it if you are needing a good piece of fiction. (Fair warning though, this is not for the kids.) 

Best Article I Read This Month

When picking my favorite article from each month, I automatically go look at the ones I have shared on Facebook – it’s a pretty good barometer for what I find interesting enough to share. There were so many good ones this month, but I think the most important story I could share is this profile on a high-risk pregnancy in prison. Devastating. The handling of prison pregnancies is a place where pro-lifers and criminal justice reformers (both of which I consider myself to be) should be teaming up to enact change. 

Tip + Trick of the Month

This comes from James Clear of Atomic Habits notoriety: 

“Nearly everything in life has a useful zone, a desired dose. Ten minutes in the sun can energize you. Ten hours in the sun can burn you. This concept applies to many things: work, relationships, hobbies, exercise, food. What is your desired dose? What do you need right now? A little bit more or a little bit less? 

Quote of the Month

“Libertarianism is the ‘diet and exercise’ of politics. No one wants to hear it. Implementing it will be painful sometimes. But it’s the only way to make our society healthy. There simply is no other option.” 

While the original quote is from @checkmatestate on Twitter, the addendum from Reason’s Nick Gillespie is worth considering. 

Kelvey’s Thought for the Month

I watch a lot of shark attack documentaries. It’s actually an absurd amount. As a result, I end up thinking about shark attacks potentially more than the average person, especially when I know I am visiting the ocean. (Imagine my relief when I discovered that my last seaside vacation spot had not had a documented shark attack over the last six decades.) 

I consume a lot of shark attack documentaries, so I think about shark attacks more. If you consume a lot of angry political Twitter or fearful news, what is going to slowly take over your thinking? We become what we consume, so consume well. 

Enjoy your April! I’ll see you next month.

Welcome to the January 2022 recap - read on about Atomic Habits, my new job, and more. 

January 2022: Atomic Habits + A New Job

Happy it’s-not-January, everyone! Why is it that we always set out to completely change our lives in one of the most dreary months possible? You made it. It can only get better from here. Welcome to the January 2022 recap – read on about Atomic Habits, my new job, and more. 

Best Book I Read This Month 

I’m clocking in at four books read this month. It might have been more, but COVID-19 knocked me out for nearly a week. If you had it, did it impact your reading comprehension? I’m just grateful to be able to pick up a book and understand it again without lines blurring together. 

My favorite book from January is Atomic Habits by James Clear. This is a best seller for a reason and was actually a reread for me. A very practical read, this book helps so much with understanding how to build the habits and rhythms that make up our days. Read more about it here

Best Article I Read This Month

We are constantly throwing tech terms around, and some of us might not know what Meta is, let alone the metaverse. Mashable put together this handy guide to some of the most popular tech terms flying around lately. NFTs? Blockchain? Read all about it here

Tip + Trick of the Month

I’m 90 percent sure I originally discovered the following in Jon Acuff’s Finish, but it’s something I’ve been ruminating on as we start off the year. When we set goals, we often set them ambitiously rather than practically. Yes – ambition and pushing yourself are important. But nothing sucks motivation from something faster than it being unattainable or unsustainable. This year, take your end goal and cut it. 

Aiming to read 52 books when you didn’t read one last year? Read 25. Want to run a marathon this year when you can barely run a mile? Start with a 5K or a 10K. Set the bar where it’s still a goal, but within reach – you’ll be a lot more motivated to go for the next milestone. 

Quote of the Month

I’m hoping this will usually be a little bit deeper, something to think about…but I loved the following tweet and think it wins quote of the month: 

Kelvey’s Thought for the Month

There’s been a life change! While I’m thankful for all I learned working in consulting, I left my position as a communications manager for a local public relations firm in the middle of January. New title? Communications specialist for Reason Foundation and Reason Magazine. Nothing like getting to work with fellow libertarians all day on great policy and the journalism that brings good ideas to life. It is GOOD to be once again gainfully employed within the liberty movement. 

Enjoy your February! I’ll see you next month.