“Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years.” — James Clear, Atomic Habits
To reach your goals, you need a system. You need to build habits and you have to stick around long enough to let them do their magic. You hear it over and over again because it’s true.
In 2019, one of the most popular books was Atomic Habits, by James Clear. …
When I started my journey through Asia, I had two things on my list: spend as much time as possible in Japan and live among Buddhist monks in Myanmar.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, I let go of the first dream but took a lot out of the second one.
I arrived in Myanmar in February 2020, with a precise plan for all the 28 days I was about to spend exploring the country.
But a quick scroll on Couchsurfing landed me an unforgettable experience that was not part of my plan. …
All my cousins are married or engaged and work a 9 to 5 job. They have houses and cars with their names on them. I have 15 tattoos, the possibility to work from anywhere, and a bad habit of calling people from the airport to tell them I’m going away for a few weeks.
I’m sure you can tell why we don’t get along. We don’t have anything in common. And as teenagers and young adults, we used to fight a lot because everybody had strong opinions about my life choices.
However, in time, we have learned to respect one another. I won’t lie, there’s still unsolicited advice flying around the room when we get together. But instead of getting aggressive when that happens, we approach things differently. …