Trail Mix :: No. 16
A Surprising Path To Abundance, My Miniature Notebook, People-Meeting Instead of People-Watching, & Lots of Other Tidbits!
Well, hello there,
As always welcome to the Trail Mix Weekly-ish Letters for us curious and ambitious folks. Below you’ll find a colorful assortment of goodness to keep you fueled and inspired for all your various adventures- my top 5 favorite reads, listens, resources, & other interesting tidbits, plus an exclusive peek into my personal journey each week.
The words and resources are meant to be picked through (like a handful trail mix), no need to feel overwhelmed, just take what stands out to you, sounds interesting, or feels relevant for your particular adventure this week.
Then, leave (or pass on) the rest!
My Miniature Notebook and Thoughts on Changing The World.
Before we dive into all the goodies today, I wanted to direct you to my latest post. In it I share about how too much on my plate, both literally and figuratively, actually leads me into a state of paralysis.
This explains why owning property, shopping at Costco, and the American obsession with variety and options stress me out. It’s why I declutter every day, throw out my hundreds of ideas, clear off countertops, and work best when my office desk is basically empty. It’s why I snipped out a tiny 2-inch by 2-inch diary the other day to jot down only a few key revelations and morning thoughts instead of picking up my big notebook.
I hope you find some time to read all 508 words!
Then, I’d love to chat…
Do you find our cultural obsession with reaching for the stars, more is better mentality actually inhibits you, your creative potential, and your well-being?
Now, as promised a top-5 list of delicious chunks I nibbled on this week:
1. Jesus, a Galilean healer and vegetal god?
Yes, please, tell me more. I found this Myth & Mycelium course last week and although I haven’t registered for it, simply reading what it’s about caught my attention.
“What if hidden beneath contemporary narratives of progress and domination there was a mythic root system of earth-based wisdom?
How does Jesus, a Galilean healer, with a penchant for nature-based storytelling get mistranslated by empire and coopted by patriarchy?
In this course we will root Jesus back in the mythic and ecological context of the Ancient World, resurrecting him as the continuation of a tradition of lunar kings, rhizomatic harpists, and vegetal magicians with a shared passion for oral storytelling, communal meals, and animist wisdom.”
How does this sound to you- frightening, weird, or freeing?
2. Start a reverse bucket list.
I couldn’t help but follow his instructions on this one, “Each year I throw away more stuff until I can find me… Don’t have a bucket list. Have a reverse bucket list. The reverse bucket list is a list of your attachments, and your strategic plan for “look if I get it I get it,” but I’m no longer a loser if…
Last year, I gave away half of my political opinions…”
Brilliant, right? What’s one thing you want to put on your reverse bucket list this year and finally let go of?
3. The Heroine’s Journey
Rob Bell discusses the Heroine’s Journey with the wonderfully insightful Kristin Hanggi. I literally always leap for joy when Rob has a new podcast ready to share with us!
Here’s the central theme I drew from their conversation about what the Heroine’s Journey is all about,
“An urgent yearning to reconnect with the feminine. And it might look like spending more time in nature, moving one’s body, space, and expression, I don’t know why but I just want to start drawing…”
“We allow ourselves to become embodied with the Great Mother. The Great Mother begins to take over our life and animate through us. Her healing energy, her generousness, her abundance, her endless solutions, her heart, her love for all humanity. It takes over our life.”
(Note: This portion starts around 39:00)
Also, did you see Rob Bell has a new audiobook up on his website called, “Find Me a Straight River: A 3-Hour Audiobook on Fear and Failure” Check.it.out.
3. Surprise Your Reader.
I’ve mentioned before, one of the monthly-ish letters I excitedly open every month or so is from Senior Editor at Baker Books, Steph Duncan. It’s for writers, makers, creatives, and those looking to fill the world with more beauty and “deepen their craft.”
Here’s a portion of her recent letter I couldn’t stop thinking about:
“Channel your inner contrarian and flip the script. Become an artist of overturning assumptions. The best way to do this? Lean into your own astonishment, your own midsummer Tuesday wonders, pay attention to what sparks your “wow” and curiosity and write that magic down.
We want our words to awaken, not put readers to sleep. We want to incite epiphany, not ingrain platitudes.”
You can subscribe to her monthly Slant Letter here.
4. Is Our Work Making Us Too Busy To Care?
I read this article before bed one night, It’s Time To Stop Living the American Scam by Tim Kreider, and it sent me dreaming about all the ways I want to contribute to our world…
“We’ve been “productive” enough — produced way too much, in fact. And there is too much that urgently needs to be done: a republic to salvage, a civilization to reimagine and its infrastructure to reinvent, innumerable species to save, a world to restore and millions who are impoverished, imprisoned, illiterate, sick or starving. All while we waste our time at work.”
5. I’ve Been Hearing the Most Interesting Stories All Because I Make A Comment
Do you talk to strangers?
I’m not sure what changed for me, maybe the pandemic, social distancing, and masks made me crave more spontaneous human interaction, maybe its the constant chatter of my children all day making me long for adult conversations, or maybe I’m finally learning we’re all connected.
Whatever the reason, I find myself entering into the best conversations these days with neighbors, people waiting with me in the line, or the teen scooping my kids’ ice cream cones. All it takes is one comment to get started, make it relatable, helpful, or kind, then watch them open up.
Now I can’t stop. Instead of merely people-watching, I’m people-meeting.
I’m addicted to adding dimension and character to the seemingly vanilla-flavored people I pass by every single day. I’m weary of the head-down-earphones-in-have-somewhere-to-be appearance we all tend to put up when we’re out in public.
It’s time to say goodbye for now! I promised to take my kids on an afternoon bike ride to the Art & Happiness store in town for some fresh art supplies and to pick up a warm, fresh loaf of bread from Great Harvest Bakery. It’s not a promise I can easily break. I’m obsessed with exploring my city by bike, a love affair I first started some years ago on the streets of Vienna.
Thank you for joining me here. I enjoy every minute I put into these weekly-ish letters!
And lastly, could you do me a favor, write me a DM on Instagram or leave a message here to tell me what you love most about this week’s letter?
Traveling with you,
PS: Be sure to read my latest post, I think it will offer you a bit of perspective as you start the weekend: Stop Trying to Reach for the Stars (& A Surprising Path To Abundance)