Monday Motivation: April 1, 2019


April Fool’s Day has long been a favorite holiday of mine. I love a good prank or practical joke. That said, I think the Internet needs to take a break from this holiday. Companies are losing their clever edge by forcing what they think is a funny April 1st fauxnnouncement, and it’s getting tired and old and not at all humorous or fun.

I think we all feel burned out and need a break for a year or two to let people press the reset button on their creativity around this holiday. I know I’ll be staying away from most social media today because I don’t want to be annoyed and silently cursing out people’s inability to craft the perfect prank.

Here’s a little look at some things I’m reading, listening to, or otherwise consuming this week:

What I’m listening to: Ben Platt’s new album, “Sing to Me Instead”. I was fortunate enough to see Ben play the lead in the Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen” three times and I was more than curious about how his voice would transfer from his anxious, emotional, and frenetic character to the person Ben is in real life and the stories he wants to tell. The album is beautiful, and it’s been in my headphones quite a bit these past few days.

What I’m reading: The only metric of success that really matters is the one we ignore

What I’m watching: The newest season of “Catastrophe” on Amazon Prime. I love Rob and Sharon, those wackos. The writing is SO SO SO SO GOOD on this show.

What’s canceled: Alcohol. I like wine. I like a good cocktail every now and then. But I am in no way a big drinker. And lately, my body has not enjoyed even one glass of wine. I don’t sleep well, and I feel gross for two days afterward. I used to enjoy a glass or two of wine with dinner here at home, and definitely out with friends, but I barely drink at home at all anymore, and only occasionally drink when I’m out on the town. I just don’t like the way I feel afterward. I think my body is trying to tell me something, so I’m gonna listen.

What I’m learning: That it’s emotionally safe to love my Philadelphia Phillies again.

What’s making me think: More than 80% of the earth’s oceans are unexplored. Jellyfish have been around for half a billion years. I’m obsessed with oceans as much as I’m obsessed with outer space. The possibilities for discovery seem endless for both.

The possibilities for you seem endless, too. Go out there this week and be remarkable.