“When jarred, unavoidably, by circumstances, revert at once to yourself, and don’t lose the rhythm more than you can help. You’ll have a better grasp of the harmony if you keep going back to it” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6.11
My writing habit took a big hit in March when COVID restrictions were put in place in Scotland and the UK. For most of us, the restrictions resulted in focusing on what was important to us and letting everything else go, at least for a while. For me, that meant putting the health and safety of my family first, and making sure I could still earn a living. This personal project was one thing I had to put to the side and return to later.
Thankfully, everyone at home remains healthy and we’re continuing to take precautions to stay safe and protect others that are close to us. How have you coped over the past 6 months?
Another factor that has affected my physical and mental capacity to write letters is that my work at IMPACT stepped up a gear. When COVID hit the US our clients needed us more than ever, and I’m pleased that I have managed to retain almost all of my clients over the past 8+ months. I’m probably working harder now than I ever have in my career as a marketer – by the end of 2020 I will have literally banked over 400 hours of consulting this year. That’s an incredible amount of work!
In the past few months I’ve slowly been warming back up to doing more writing and I think about this personal project when I’m out on my daily walks around the local park. I’ve been spending almost all my ‘spare’ time reading, and you can get an update on my reading right here on my website or by heading over to Goodreads.
Writing something meaningful that I will feel proud to send to you is important to me. There’s enough half-baked content being published every day, and we certainly don’t need more of it. I want you to know that when I send you something to read that I’ve spent time on it and that it will be worth your time.
All this to say…I’ve missed you, and I hope you’ll be glad to know that I’m back to tippy-tappying the keys on my keyboard and I’ll have a new letter with you soon.
- Check out my blog to read a selection of my favourite letters (you’ll recall that most letters are published via email only)
- Check out my reading list from October 2020
My hope is that you will stay subscribed to the list…at least until I get my next letter out to you 🙂
A quick update on the journaling challenge.
I’ve facilitated 38 consecutive 14-day challenges and I’m going to take a break from it for a while.
I’m not sure if I’ll go back to it or not, but I’ll still be journaling every day.
I need a little space to reflect and take stock. I’m experimenting with a few other things, too.
I hope you’ll continue to spend time with your journal each day 🙂
I won’t be buying any more books from Amazon in favour of supporting my local book retailers.
Yes, they won’t be the cheapest and I won’t be able to get them delivered the next day, but I no longer want to rely on Amazon. I can no longer support a company that isn’t interested in building a better world.
Heather wrote back to me recently and questioned me on my actions – If I’m in favour of not buying from Amazon, why do I still have Amazon affiliate links next to books that I recommend? Thanks to Heather for motivating me to take more action. I’ve now removed all of the Amazon affiliate links from the site.
Building a better world one step at a time 🙂
This past few weeks are amongst the most challenging of my life so far. We decided to close down the biggest part of our company – CMA – and move on to do something new.
Now that the dust is starting to settle and I’m moving on from it, I’m starting to look at things with a different perspective.
My passion for this project seems to get stronger day by day, so I’m taking the time to take a fresh look at exactly what I’m trying to achieve here.
I’ve got my copy of Seth Godin’s ‘Ship It Journal’ to take a deeper look at why this weekly letter will have an impact on you and ultimately become a resource that you get real value from.
What you can expect next is more clarity on the content and the purpose of these weekly letters.