I’ve been exercising every day for one year now, with few exceptions. This is a major change for me. Before that, I spent 6 years in Paris where exercising indoors is expensive and exercising outdoors, in crowded and polluted streets, is unthinkable.
Changes often have to mature before they happen. As an almost hyperactive person, this problem kept turning in my mind without me finding a lasting solution.
One day I downloaded the Nike Training Club app. …
I never thought I’d write this down someday. Me, working out? With consistency and pleasure on top of that? Nah, no way!
And yet. It’s been six months since I started working out again.
I’m a 22-year-old woman. I’ve always been pretty active. In my childhood and adolescence, not a year went by without me joining a sports club.
Then I moved to Paris, and I quit. Mainly because everything was very expensive. I missed it. I realized that sport was a way out and a way not to gain (too much) weight.
But every time I decided to work out a bit at home, to sign up for the gym, or to go running, I took no pleasure in it. It was a constraint. Even a burden on my day. After a few weeks, I’d give up. …
“If there were a drug that could do for human health everything that exercise can, it would likely be the most valuable pharmaceutical ever developed.” — Mandy Oaklander”
I’ve never been the Netflix Sunday kind of person. I always liked to go for walks in nature, swimming in the sea, and I didn’t end up out of breath when I ran after the metro. But every time I decided to really get into sports, I would wake up the next day wondering what had gone through my head.
I spent 6 years without doing any physical exercise, apart from walking around Paris every day. …
“A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days.” — Annie Dillard
Aside from Annie Dillard’s schedule, which is also a must in my life, I have found that some daily essentials are also a net to catch the days. My great days have several recurring elements. Here are my ten daily essentials, whether I’m at home or on the go.
If you are feeling distracted or overwhelmed right now, consider making your own list, stealing things from mine, to regain a sense of grounding, soothing simplicity in your life.
“Simplicity is not style, it is a state of harmony.” …
I am a proud and openly lesbian woman. But I’ve never been excited about taking part in a Pride, even if a part of me keeps repeating that I should stand up for my rights alongside my community. After all, this type of event seems to play a role in the gradual improvement of our situation.
Except that I just don’t feel like dancing in the streets in a torrent of overexcited, half-naked people. I have never seen this as a way to support my rights.
Originally, the Pride March was intended to honor the Gay Rights protests of the ’60s, in response to the night of the Stonewall Riots. In 1969, the gay, lesbian, and transgender community had a rallying point at a bar in Greenwich Village, New York, called the Stonewall Inn. …
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein
Finding ideas is like dividing the tasks between two roommates: your body and your brain. Your body’s role is to go grocery shopping, that is, to collect real-life experiences. Then go home, take all that raw material to your brain and let it do the work: cook those experiences and turn them into ideas.
Your brain is a shy cook. He needs a little time alone, undisturbed, to unpack the raw material your body has brought and make something out of it. …
15.5 cups (3.7 liters) per day for men and 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) per day for women. Here is the amount of water that should be consumed daily, according to the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Except that these are estimates. There is no single formula that suits everyone.
Since I bought a reusable water bottle and became invested in my health and fitness, I have started to drink more water. …
My mother and I are similar in many ways. But there is a huge difference between us. One thing I can’t understand, as it is so fundamentally integrated into my life.
My mother doesn’t like to eat in restaurants.
She says that the food is better at home. My parents indeed live in a city where most of the restaurants serve frozen food. Not real cooking. Besides, she once told me that she doesn’t take any particular pleasure in eating.
But still. She is the only person I know who doesn’t like to eat out.
Which led me to wonder: why do we like to eat out so much? I was convinced that it wasn’t just about the food. …
I like to have some structure in my life, and that extends to my reading experience. I read one book at a time. That’s how I get the best out of it.
Over time, I have naturally created and optimized my minimalist “bookflow”. It’s like a workflow, but for the readers.
Among its advantages: I read many more books, I get much more out of it, I’ve cleared my shelves, I’ve saved money, and I’ve progressed on my life’s path. Because that’s what books are for.
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” …
“Emptiness is the fasting of the mind” — Zhuang Zhou
This is exactly the kind of book that nourishes your soul, fuels your creativity, and sky-rocket your ambitions. It’s a gold mine of wisdom, made of selected nuggets from some of the best in the world.
It’s exactly the book I needed at this moment in my life. It filled me with energy, motivation, and confidence, both in myself and in my projects. Books have that kind of magical power to find you, at the right time, for the right reasons.
In “Tribe of Mentors”, best-selling author and podcaster Timothy Ferriss asked some very well-chosen questions to over 130 of the world’s top performers. Among them are entrepreneurs, elite athletes, artists, writers, scientists, of all ages and backgrounds. In this book, they share their tools for success, finding meaning, and happiness. …