5 Things Inspiring Me This Month: February 2022

It’s crazy to think that we’re officially in our third year of the pandemic. Yesterday I realized I’ve been dating my daily planner with the year “2021”. That’s a pretty good indication of how warped time has felt these days. 😂

I know there’s a lot going on in the world right now but I hope you find joy in some of the things I’m sharing in this email.

P.S. Last month I mentioned I'm teaching a workshop in LA this spring. The details aren't quiiite ready yet so hang tight and I’ll share more info soon!

1. ARTIST: Tegan Phillips

Tegan is a badass endurance cyclist and talented cartoonist. She draws hilariously clever comics inspired by her epic cycling adventures and everyday thoughts. She also did a TED Talk on the topic of courage and it’s sweet, authentic and now one of my favorite talks. 

Check out her work here.

2. ARTICLE: Art Should Be a Habit

Arthur Brooks makes a great case for why people need to be more diligent with prioritizing time for creating and consuming art. Art helps expand your perception of the outside world, making you less stressed and more happy. Just imagine a world where more people carved out time to be creative

Check out the article here.

3. BOOK: Contagious

I randomly stumbled upon this book at my Airbnb and I’m glad I decided to give it a read. It’s packed with case studies of ideas and products that successfully caught people’s attention with thoughtful marketing. Jonah Berger also lays out six principles that can be applied to any project that you want to get noticed.

Check out the book here.

4. CERAMICS: Ann Leung

I’m slowly gaining an enormous appreciation for ceramics and I found Ann’s creations to be just the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Lots of asian influence in her xiao long bao planters and boba cups. The aspiring minimalist in me also appreciates her mantra, “cute should be functional”.

Check out her work here.

5. PODCAST: Mike Schur on the Tim Ferriss Show

In this podcast Mike Schur, who wrote and produced for The Office (he also played Mose) and co-created Parks & Rec, shares his fascinating journey in the entertainment industry. His first job at SNL taught him to fail fast and often, and got him working with so many of our world’s most creative comedians.

Check out the episode here.


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Stay safe and healthy my friends. ✌️


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