Get Cozy, But Not Too Cozy

What You Can Learn From ‘Cozy Mysteries’

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” ― Albert Camus

Food For Thought

Get Cozy, But Not Too Cozy

Have you read any ‘cozies’ lately? 🤔

On today’s Mission Daily episode, Steph shares some of the cozy mysteries (AKA ‘cozies’) she’s been reading.

Cozy mysteries are a subgenre of mystery books that have a bright ending and aren’t very scary or violent. They are interesting stories but don’t live on the same intensity level as typical mystery novels. They’re like the Hart of Dixies of the book world.

While these stories aren’t the romanticized, intriguing, emotional rollercoasters that make for hit blockbuster movies, they may be more accurate representations of the types of lives we should strive to live; ones that aren’t filled with nonstop, radical ups and downs, but still have enough change that growth happens.

Big and small changes or challenges here and there are good. They help you grow in your relationship with yourself and in your relationships with others. But constant extremes in your relationships, physical choices, or lifestyle will stretch you thin.

I only need 5 hours of sleep a night.
I only eat 800 calories a day.
I work out for 3 hours every day.
I work 12 hour days, six days a week.
I fight with my partner every other night.
I party with my friends every night of the week.

If every day is highjacked by an intense challenge, or if every habit is taken to the extreme, life quickly becomes emotionally overwhelming. But if every day is filled with the same problems as the day before and every routine is a bland echo of something you’ve been doing for years, then you become stagnant. Both extremes lead to an equal level of discontent.

A balance lies somewhere in between the two. Happiness is a little past continuous, mundane normalcy, but much before constant, volatile transformation.

So get cozy… just not too cozy.

Deep Dive

The Path Out Of Predictability

“We’ve developed many of our routines in the service of good common sense. Routines provide structure to our lives and give us the stability we need to support grander experiments.
The trouble is, once we get comfortable in our habitual patterns, we may fail to notice when they have outworn their useful purpose, or when new alternatives might serve us better.”

Read the article.

Further Reading

The Summer List

Get on the same page with Steph and pick up a copy of the cozy mystery novel she’s currently reading called The Summer List. Written by Amy Mason Doan, the story follows two former friends who unexpectedly rediscover their friendship… and uncover a secret in the process.

Check out the book.


What Does It Mean To Be Sustainable?

In celebration of Earth Day, we’d like to reshare one of our favorite podcast episodes about living and building sustainably. 🌎🌳☀️

In this episode of Future of Cities, we bring on experts to discuss what we can do to make our cities more sustainable and explore the innovations that will transform how we treat our planet.

Listen to the episode.

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Happy Monday!

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Have a great week! 🤗

This was originally published on April 22, 2019 as the Mission’s daily newsletter. To subscribe, go here.

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