One of my 2021 experiments is publishing a short, weekly email to share information, ideas, and what’s new with me. This 1st edition of what I am calling, “Digestable”, was delivered on January 24th, 2021.
Without further ado, here’s what’s new and on my mind:
- Looking for a family-friendly, COVID-friendly activity to do in Alberta this winter? For an amazing, surreal experience head out on a road trip and check out the ice bubbles on Abraham Lake. See a video, photos, and tips from our recent trip to skate on the ice bubbles.
- Podcast episode recommendation: Do you have any resolutions that involve losing fat, managing stress, improving your cardio fitness, endurance, or running? There is almost an entire sports science degree worth of knowledge in this podcast interview with legendary endurance coach, Phil Maffetone on “The Drive with Peter Attia, MD”. Fast-track your success, and avoid stalling due to injury, fatigue, stress, or just outdated advice. Short version: spend more time running (cycling, swimming, etc.) at a heart rate of 180 minus your age. In time, you should see your speed increase while working at the same (relatively easy) heart rate, all while training your body to burn more fat as you go.
- Want to read more books in 2021? In 2020 one of my favorite experiments was a goal of reading 50 books. I failed, but you can see what I learned, my reading strategy, and top book recommendations on my blog post: My 2020 Reading Strategies and Results.
- Ice Climbing in Edmonton? It’s true! The Edmonton Ski Club has partnered with the Edmonton chapter of the Alpine Club of Canada to build an ice wall downtown Edmonton for both new and experienced climbers. When you check out the website, instead of playing “Where’s Waldo?”, you can play, “Where’s Jeff?”. I guess they needed a picture of someone looking like a noob.
- COVID Impact on Commercial Real Estate: most of you know I work in commercial real estate. I was recently interviewed on “The Real World of Real Estate” podcast to discuss this very question. Check it out if you are interested in this sector of the economy.
- Quote that I’m meditating on: “I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” Ecclesiastes 4:4
This quote calls me to examine the motives behind our goals, ambitions, and resolutions. When we set a new aim, our attention, time, and resources are pulled from other areas of our life and harnessed towards the new initiative. What are the potential unintended consequences of this redistribution of our energy? When you look behind the curtain of significant achievements, significant trade-offs were required, and there can be a trail of broken and hurt people left behind in the wake. It is rare and refreshing to encounter ambition motivated by love.
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As always, thanks for reading!