Links of the Week (4/06/2020)

Mind mapping, a replacement app for Notes, and building your blog email list…

Shawn and Mike hosted a webinar to teach more about our Idea System and how to better use mind mapping.

They covered not only the basics of mind mapping, but also a handful of mind mapping workflow examples.

Idea Magic: How to Capture, Manage, and Develop Your Ideas (Video Replay) – The Sweet Setup


But two apps rise above the others as the true cream of the crop: MindNode, with a stunningly beautiful user interface, and iThoughts, with powerful features and impressive flexibility.

​I used MindNode extensively when I was in the thick of my Masters degree. Really helped me with outline is and structuring all those papers I had to write.

iThoughts vs. MindNode: A Comparison of the Two Best Mind Mapping Apps – The Sweet Setup


I can’t think of a single other notes app that looks as good as Noto. Appearance isn’t everything, but it sure is important, and Noto nails the look of what I consider a modern interface. It’s clean, elegant, and vastly superior to Apple Notes’ textured notebook style. And just look what happens when adding notes to folders.

I moved over to Noto from Apple Notes. It gorgeous.

Noto Review: Beautifully Modern and Versatile Note-Taking


Creating a newsletter for my blog has totally changed the blogging landscape for me. It’s my best blogging asset.

​One of these days I’ll explore doing this more in depth.

How to Create a Newsletter For Your Blog #GrowYourBlog Series

Indoor/Outdoor Camping Blanket by Rumpl

These are amazing for so many reasons…

I got one of these for my wife a few years ago and she loves it. Not only because it’s warm and comfortable…but because we can pack it up and bring it with us when we go outdoors.

I remember Rumpl blankets when they were a kickstarter and I was happy to see them make it to the outdoor stores I visit.

There’s a huge variety of them over on Amazon…highly recommended. (we own two of them now)

love the VoiceOver guy

CALIFORNIANS don't Know How GOOD they Have It

Man I was spoiled growing up here…

Good lord California is amazing. Having grown up and lived there for most of my life, I never realized how nice it was ALL THE TIME.

Now I do.

I never realized how good I had it.

Reader Input for "I Want to Travel to…Switzerland"

Good travel tips from readers like you…all in one place.

Not long after I posted my info and travel checklist for Switzerland, I got a message over on Tumblr with some good info:

Hey there, just saw your post you wanna come to Switzerland? Here is a link to the Swiss online hiking maps(free)

I marked out a nice hut to sleep in near Grindelwald. I have to say normally February is still too snowy to plan for big hikes in the mountains. Depending on the area you should think of bringing skis! Grindelwald is a beautiful place but it’s not like you don’t meet any people there. If you want real outdoor with not seeing people Graubünden or Valais is the better choice to be in the mountains.

There is definitely no issue about driving on the wrong side of the road…it’s not England. 😉 You are right Switzerland is incredible with public transport you can get almost anywhere and you have the scenic advantage of being able to take in the sights! Also they always run on time. :p

I hope you will enjoy your trip to Switzerland when it happens, and let me know if you decide to visit Magic Woods 😉    [Note: this is a climbing spot]

Best time for hiking long hikes high up is in autumn. Then you have most options open. if you have any questions, just ask away.

Somewheresomewhen (Tumblr blog)

Thank you!! Please keep inputs and interactions like this coming.

You can see the original post with the input added here.

Harness Your Inspiration

When you catch the wave, ride it as long as you can.

I’m not sure about you, but inspiration is very rarely a constant for me.

The Sprint

Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash
Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash

There are crazy bursts of energy that come with being inspired. Over the years I have come to realize I have to use those bursts to propel me forward. For example, if I am inspired to write longer form articles, I will do so at a maniac pace (for me). Much more than a brain dump, I ride these waves of ‘needing to act’ as long as I possibly can.

That probably explains how, a few months back, I wrote a bunch of articles on Medium and each one got noticed by an editor or picked up by a publication. Alas, these hyper productive bouts do not last forever.

After these shorter periods of increased inspiration, I often feel like I am a sprinter that just competed in a few different track events in one day – needing to rest and tone it down for a couple weeks afterwards.

The Distance

Photo by Steven Lelham on Unsplash
Photo by Steven Lelham on Unsplash

There are more steady states of inspiration. Like running my blog, my year of vlogging, a lifetime of staying in shape, and more. Yet these are more of a “long distance run” type of energy level. These kinds of projects are more akin to restoring an old car or remodeling part of your house. It takes patience, time, and the slow and steady burn of focused determination.

I find that my “distance” projects often start off with the sprint. It takes a lot of energy to get something started, and a lightning strike of inspiration is often just what is needed.

The Goal

Photo by Pixabay from Pexels
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels

Everyone has a different goal. Perhaps a finish line that you set in your mind when you were a kid, in college, or even just today. Some goals are hard and fast:

  • Start writing
  • Make money with my blog
  • Get promoted
  • Start a Family
  • Lose 20 pounds

Yet some are more aspirational in nature:

  • Become a better writer
  • Inspire those who read my blog
  • Change the world through my work
  • Love my family and raise my kids right
  • Stay healthy in to my old age

Where Am I?

Photo by Ethan Hoover on Unsplash
Photo by Ethan Hoover on Unsplash

Are you sprinting right now or settled in for the long haul?

Either way, take advantage of your pace. If you are in ‘distance mode’, then use that time to store up some of that “sprint” energy. If you are sprinting, then haul ass and get to it!

We all need inspiration.

It’s what you do with it that matters.

This was first posted over on Medium. If you like these longer form posts, you can get early access to them by becoming a Patron for $1 a month.

The Guest House

A poem by Rumi…

I first came across this poem at the end of the book An Everyone Culture. Its power and depth struck me the very first time I read it.


This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.

meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi

Links of the Week (3/30/2020)

How to shop healthy during a quarantine, coming back to a pandemic, and naps aren’t for everyone…

Whether you’re housebound for the next couple of weeks from a COVID-19 quarantine, or simply trying to survive a school or work shutdown, you’ll likely be limiting or avoiding trips to the grocery store.

So you may be wondering: What are the best foods to buy when you know you’re going to be stuck at home — and is it even possible to consume a nutritious diet?

Grocery rules for your coronavirus lockdown: Buy beans, freeze milk, don’t hoard, and more


25 days rafting through the Grand Canyon meant no access to the news — and a new reality when the trip ended.

This would be c-r-a-z-y.

Opinion | They Went Off the Grid. They Came Back to the Coronavirus.


The question of digital afterlife is being asked by Faheem Hussain, a clinical assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS) at Arizona State University. During a recent talk, “Our Digital Afterlife,” Hussain entertained questions that are hard to answer.

What happens to your social media when you die?


Naturally, I’ve always been a little jealous of the people who take naps and wake up feeling like a million bucks. I’m a healthy, youngish, childless woman who regularly sleeps seven to eight hours a night — why don’t naps work for me?

Naps are a 50/50 shot for me.

Naps don’t work for everyone. Genetic differences are why.