Happy 2022! Remember that if January isn’t all that great, you’ve got a do-over on February 1 when the year of the tiger begins.
- I had a few long weekends where I finally was able to do things that had been put off for months, like deep cleaning my bathtub and stovetop. It’s remarkable to me how much clearer my head is when given the time and space to relax.
- The GFB Bean for Bean mentorship program returns! The application is shorter, the platform changed, and we extended it to six months. Applications for mentors and mentees open tomorrow.
I haven’t started mapping my business goals for the year but I know I want to do more with this newsletter. Over the last year, it’s evolved from being very marketing-focused to sometimes-but-not-always-about-marketing, specifically in the Thoughts section. If you’re a long-time subscriber, thanks for reading and sticking with me through the changes. And if you’re new, welcome!
2022 Word: Intuition
My word for the year 2022 is “intuition.”
I didn’t choose a word last year because *waving hands around* 2021. But this year, for whatever reason, this word came to me as one to focus on. I had read somewhere about someone’s goal in 2021 as doing things that gave them joy. While I like that guidance, some things just aren’t that joyful. So instead, I’m going with intuition.
I don’t listen to my gut or intuition often enough. The logical side of my brain often wins, weighing the pros against cons, writing out enormous to-do lists. I don’t pause and think “Do I actually want to do this?”. Instead, I’ll push past the warning signs of burnout or tell myself I don’t really need to do my nightly stretch routine. Of course, I’d pay for it later with difficulty sleeping, a fuzzier brain the next day, and/or general feelings of despair.
So this year, I’d like to listen to my intuition more. I’d like to choose the projects, both professional and personal, that give me joy. I would like my anxiety and imposter syndrome to calm down a little more and stop getting in the way of potential success. I also want to be more organized, be better at maintaining my friendships, and generally give more priority to my self-care routines.
I am feeling marginally better going into 2022 than when I went into 2021, so that’s a plus right there.
Quick text updates & links on what’s new on the networks
As expected, not that much was released over the holiday weeks.
Helpful links on how to improve your digital marketing
Don’t wait for a budget boost. Follow this in-depth guide to work more efficiently and get more value from your content marketing – Content Marketing Institute
Separating your personal brand from your business both strengthens your business and allows individual autonomy and professional growth. A branding expert shares how to build them both, strategically.
Nine free Google Doc blog post templates based on our top performers—with an outline and pro tips for each post type!
Anything I’ve enjoyed reading recently
Doughnuts travelled to the US with Dutch settlers and became a much-loved national snack – despite their invention as a hunger-busting austerity food.
We need fewer things to work on. Starting now.
Featuring insights from Buffer’s Small Business, Big Lessons podcast episode six and the accompanying unpublished interview, Zingerman’s co-founder Ari Weinzweig shared the company’s founding story and how open book management unlocked new scaling opportunities for the company.
An update from my container garden!
My Philodendron Brazil is quite happy wrapping its way around my shelves.
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