It’s that time again.
1. Clean: The New Science of Skin – This was an unexpectedly easy read. James Hamblin’s exploration of the history and science of soap and skincare was fun and poignant – especially as we navigate new norms of hygiene due to COVID. If you want to get an idea of his philosophy (HINT: different people require different things), check out this podcast.
2. Leadership Strategy and Field Tactics – Narrated by the author himself, this was a fantastic breakdown of what it takes to successfully execute leadership qualities. Not for the faint of heart (SPOILER: suck it up and take responsibility for yourself, your team, and the mission), this manual leaves no room for excuses – kinda like Jocko, himself (read the comment section too).
3. Kid Lit: I enjoyed two books about middle schoolers this month. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus follows Aven, an armless tween who makes a new life for herself (and solves a mystery!) after moving from Kansas to Arizona. Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks offers a glimpse into the lives of multiple middle schoolers as they struggle with the vicissitudes of life. Looking at each kid’s experience on the same day, reminds us that we really don’t know what pain others might be dealing with.
Have you heard A Tribe Called Red? Electric Pow Wow Drum combines the Native voices with modern vibes. If the saxophone is more your thing, then let’s resurrect the famous A train battle.
Sad to report that for the second year in a row, I will not be doing the 10,000 Kettlebell Swings in 10 Days Challenge. Last year I had a hysterectomy, and this year I am literally learning to breathe again. It’s quite an experience to have space inside my body; my diaphragm can finally expand. It’s so cool. And in the spirit of returning to foundations, I offer these videos from the Feldenkrais Method with some breathing tips.
Peace and love, Kit