Just Me In Good Humour About Turning 40

A woman with short, grey hair

I wrote a version of this post before, but that was about lessons. Unfortunately, learning isn’t on the agenda today. Instead, I’m just going to rant.

And while I have quite a few months ahead before my big four-oh, I thought I’d get a head start on what I think about turning 40.

Is this going to be a useful post? Probably not. Will it help you find solace? Maybe. What’s most important is the realisation that we’re all on a one-way journey. So we best make fun of ourselves while we can.

And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

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What Seven Years Of Jiu-Jitsu Have Taught Me About Life

BJJ Lessons Win - Jonathan Borba

It’s a rare thing to come across fellow grapplers here on WordPress, so it was a treat meeting someone like Betsy, who shares her exploits on the mats in a much more entertaining way than I can.

So instead of story time, I figured I’d go with something truer to my style, as demonstrated in my Lessons Learned From Climbing post.

Without further ado, let’s go ahead and explore the lessons I’ve learned from my seven odd years I’ve spent grappling.

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Why You Should Plan Your Days The Night Before

Plan Journal - Lauren Sauder

You know how optimistic you feel at night, and you tell yourself tomorrow’s going to be different?

Maybe you’ll wake up before sunrise for once. Maybe even go for a run. And that’s the least ambitious thing you can think of.

Then the next day rolls around and all your dreams fall victim to the snooze button, sometimes quite literally.

That tends to happen a lot when you start your day without a plan. In a previous post, I mentioned the benefits of planning your day ahead of time, and I still do believe in its powers.

My planned days unfold much smoother than my unplanned ones, for some reason. It’s almost as if the universe acknowledges my efforts to live better. There must be a magic to this. And it’s this magic that we’ll be exploring today.

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How This Malaysian Author Earns A Living Off His Self-Published Novels

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Boy do I have a treat for you today.

I discovered Nazri Noor back in 2018 when I was still finding my own path in fiction. I was impressed by his ability to earn a living through self-publishing, and had always wanted to ask him how he did it.

Well, that day has arrived. Not only was Nazri kind enough to answer my questions, he also shared a ton of wisdom he’d gleaned from his journey thus far.

So grab a cup of coffee and kick your legs up, because this is going to be a long but enlightening post!

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Productivity Hacks Aren’t What They’re Made Out To Be

A desk with multiple devices arranged for maximum productivity

You know what sounds cool at first glance? Productivity habits. You know how long they’re cool for? Probably two days or so.

For the past few years, I’ve adopted every hack from early wake-ups to meditation, all in the name of growth. And that has given me some fodder to discuss today’s topic.

Here’s a quick preview: It’s not about the what, but the why. Cliche, huh?

Anyway, after a long stretch of trial and error, I now present you with my thoughts on these popular hacks.

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