5 Share Friday

5 share Friday – 2 February 2018

5 Share Friday, where you get 5 life upgrades / hacks for free, tested by myself, where I only share the best.

1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week “The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on”Julia Alvrarez

2. Every year, I watch Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford University. I watch it multiple times a year as it’s so powerful, inspiring and true and I made time for it again this week. If you’ve never watched it or haven’t seen it in a while, why not check it out? Just click on the picture below. Stay hungry, stay foolish.

3. I’ve been using my new carry on bag for travelling and it’s changed my life. If you’re after a practical carry on the Osprey Farpoint 40 is the best one I’ve ever owned. It turns into a rucksack or carrys like a bag. It’s lightweight and means no more waiting for bags at the other end (approved for cabin carry on), it’s a no brainer.

4. What I’m listening to: 10% Happier podcast. This week the guest was Tim Ferriss and it was awesome. Dan has a book that was my inspiration for trying meditation, I’ve not looked back since and it’s something I do every day.

5. This week I stayed in a hotel at Heathrow airport for a few nights (for Unity meetings). So I packed my trusty earplugs in case of aircraft and road noise. I don’t stay anywhere without these babies as they don’t fall out or feel like you have earplugs in your ears, yet they block almost all noise. It turns out the hotel had great soundproofing from the outside, just not the inside, where my neighbour liked to wake up to loud television at 5:30am, these plugs helped me dream of my future Land Rover and all the fun I’m going to have.

5 Share Friday

5 Share Friday – 26 Jan 2018

It’s that day when you get a life upgrade for free, yes it’s Friday! Thank you for reading, according to my site stats, 5 share continues to be my most popular post, with an upwards trend like a crypto currency graph after a McAfee tweet.

1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week: “The greatest of human emotions is love. The most valuable of human gifts is the ability to learn. Therefore learn to love.” UJ Ramdas 

2. I’ve been reading and writing a bit more than usual the last few days and in my quest for inspirational music, I’ve been listening to the Dances with Wolves soundtrack. If you haven’t seen the film here’s the IMDB link – it’s an epic story about friendship and choosing your path.

I really love the musical energy from the Buffalo hunt scene (often cited as the greatest movie scene ever filmed. Magical cinematography, no computer effects, no animals hurt during any of the filming). Also, the background music to this scene between Two Socks and John Dunbar is great for mindfulness (Two socks is the wolf, he’s awesome!).

3. I was reminded of the below picture earlier this week, which reminded me how much life can be affected by how we see things. I love the humour on top of the serious message – which is optimism is powerful. It’s true for all of us.

4. What I’ve been reading on the internet: It’s not a dress rehearsal – for many of us it’s easy to forget we’re in the play, not the rehearsal. Revisiting Dances with Wolves has reminded me of all the adventures I’ve had and those I’ve yet to have (the ones I’ve planned for when the time is right). Planning isn’t bad, though delaying until the ‘time is right’ can mean that something (travel, a career, that special person, a life changing decision) never happens. 

5. I’m writing this from my hotel room in Copenhagen, Denmark. Brrr, it’s cold outside, lucky for me I have my trusted OR beanie. I’ve had one for over 10 years and simply put, there isn’t a better hat for cold weather. I’ve used it for everything from exploring snowy mountains in North America to walking Bertie the dog during icy rain in our local woodland. They do all sorts of styles and male/female ones too, so if you’re on the look out for a winter hat, Outdoor Research is a great place to start.

5 Share Friday

5 share Friday – 19 Jan 2018

It’s 5 share Friday, that special part of Friday the world* looks forward to before it goes crazy for the weekend.

*or the 1 or 2 people who might read this blog

1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week..well actually I ponder everyday as have the below picture hanging on the wall of our stairway at home.

2. Book I’ve been reading, well actually 2 books. When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi, one of the most important and inspiring books I’ve read in a long time, I wish it was around when I was younger. I’m also reading We all looked up by Tommy Wallach, a thought-provoking, compelling story that critics are calling the Breakfast Clubfor a modern generation.

3. New purchase – I live in my Topo Athletic footwear. They’re great for cushioning, walking / running and a good balance between Barefoot and Nike comfort. Also, they don’t offend the eyes. I wouldn’t do without them nowadays. So much so I’ve just bought a new pair as my old ones have worn out (worn everyday for 12 months). If you’re wondering which ones I like and recommend, it’s these Hydroventure

4. Article I’ve been reading: Exciting re-org at Team Xbox in Microsoft. The VP of Minecraft is now heading up all internal studios at Xbox 1st party. A great choice and I’m excited for all of my friends and ex colleagues there.

5. Music I’ve been listening too: this one is great for a soundtrack to the book When Breath becomes Air, as well as napping on public transport or simply chilling at home. may feel like doing Yoga or meditating while it’s playing..

5 Share Friday

5 Share Friday – 12 Jan 2018

Is it Friday already? Time for some sharing. Funny and useful? Always!

1. Quote I’ve been pondering this week “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”Andy Rooney

2. Commuting – I thought I had a difficult commute to work, have a look at this video and fee grateful you don’t have this one (unless you’re in the video of course).

3. Privacy… I like to control my computers camera and mic to ensure my privacy (if you have an Alexa type product you might want to read this). I have been using Oversight on the Macbook for a couple of months now, it does a great job of keeping my mic and cam secure. If you have a Macbook take a look, it’s better than a piece of tape (I should let Mark know…)

4. Financial freedom anyone? Yes please! This has been a consistent goal for me for the last 2 years and even though it will take a while I’m determined to reach it. I read this article (a year old) again and if you’re interested in being financially free check it out.

5. Did anyone know that January has been renamed veganuary? A growing movement that’s gaining popularity. We like to be almost meat free in family Purvis, though we’re not strict vegans the rest of the fam have followed my dairy freeness which is great!