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Life Designed: Birthday, Habits, Books & Truths

Hola from Spain! Today, my wife Isabella is celebrating her 21st birthday. Happy birthday my princess
Life Designed: Birthday, Habits, Books & Truths
By Tomas Laurinavicius • Issue #34 • View online
Hola from Spain!
Today, my wife Isabella is celebrating her 21st birthday. Happy birthday my princess!
If you’re not too lazy, go ahead and send her a quick birthday wish on Instagram.
Welcome to another edition of Life Designed where I share the knowledge and resources to help you live better.

Meet Jonas Salzgeber, an articulate writer helping people live with more confidence, calm, and enthusiasm. In this interview, Jonas shares his Stoic inspired life philosophy, habits and routines.
Here’s a short piece I wrote for Olivers. Digital nomadism is drawing people out of cubicles in search of adventure. I share some quick tips to help you stay productive on the road without losing your mind.
Join the Summer of SEO and learn the basics of SEO in 30 days. My friend Yuri Burchenya (growing sites to hundreds of thousands of organic visits) created this free course and will be personally guiding you through the process.
Creators of Gem, claim that emotion is the sugar of content. This app recommends articles based on criteria like importance, nuance, and convincingness — not emojis.
Real projects from real makers for sale. If you’re interested in acquiring an existing project to play with, here you’ll find some interesting ones (even though the selection is quite limited at the moment).
One of my favorite authors, Yuval Noah Harari, looks at the world-renowned series from a power perspective and offers some interesting insights.
Before watching the final episodes, I cherished the hope that perhaps the dragons and zombies would just kill each other off, and leave Cersei Lannister on the Iron Throne, where she could use her mastery of politics, finance, and science to usher in a new golden age for the Seven Kingdoms. Yes, I know Cersei is the arch-villain. But as a historian, I respect the fact that she has continuously offered realistic solutions to realistic problems, while all the others tended either to offer otherworldly solutions to realistic problems, or to ignore the realistic problems altogether (Daenerys Targaryen, to take one obvious example, was unable to keep the peace in a single city without repeated help from dragons). In addition, it was never quite clear what made Cersei so evil. She is self-centered and personally obnoxious, and she betrayed and murdered many aristocrats and rival politicians, but what atrocities did she commit against innocent civilians?
Software engineer, Andy Matuschak, argues (with some interesting and strong statements) that books don’t work and shares potential solutions.
Picture some serious non-fiction tomes. The Selfish GeneThinking, Fast and SlowGuns, Germs, and Steel; etc. Have you ever had a book like this—one you’d read—come up in conversation, only to discover that you’d absorbed what amounts to a few sentences? I’ll be honest: it happens to me regularly. Often things go well at first. I’ll feel I can sketch the basic claims, paint the surface; but when someone asks a basic probing question, the edifice instantly collapses. Sometimes it’s a memory issue: I simply can’t recall the relevant details. But just as often, as I grasp about, I’ll realize I had never really understood the idea in question, though I’d certainly thought I understood when I read the book. Indeed, I’ll realize that I had barely noticed how little I’d absorbed until that very moment.
The little things, the boring things, the time between the highs and lows. These won’t make it into your final life trailer but these will fill most of your life, learn to enjoy everything comes your way.
The right journey is the ultimate destination. – The most prolific and beneficial experience in life is not in actually achieving something you want, but in seeking it. It’s the journey towards an endless horizon that matters—goals and dreams that move forward with you as you chase them. It’s all about meaningful pursuits—the “moving”—and what you learn along the way. 
If you’re familiar with my work you know that I do a lot of series. Habits and routines, book notes, quotes and tools. You can start a content series for your own blog or business and reap the benefits of organic traffic.
For example, for a nutrition blog you might write an article like “How to order healthy at Taco Bell.”
Right away, you can see how this would become a series.
Swap out Taco Bell for any other major, national restaurant chain and you suddenly have a list of literally hundreds of articles you could write.
How to order healthy at Wendy’s
How to order healthy at Arby’s
How to order healthy at Cheesecake Factory
Sadly, there’s not much you can do so better find some good smoothie recipes with plastic and maybe start developing a pill that helps you digest that plastic.
People around the world are consuming about 5 grams of microplastic a week, according to new research from the University of Newcastle, Australia commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund. That’s more than 250 grams a year – equivalent to a small plastic jar for every person.
GoT
Game of Thrones S8 by El Grand Chamaco.
Game of Thrones S8 by El Grand Chamaco.
Food for Thought
“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” – Sigmund Freud
“Scars are just another kind of memory.” – M.L. Stedman
“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.” – Siddhārtha Gautama
“Sometimes the only way to ever find yourself is to get completely lost.” – Kellie Elmore
Now
⏰ Time: 09:26
🎧 Listening: Deep Work
📖 Reading: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
🍿 Watching: Lion
🇪🇸 Location: Calella, Spain
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