☝️ Upwarding #21: Schedule Change, Bougie Toilet Paper, HRV, Skip The Chips, An Insane March, and “Everybody Loves You”.

Welcome to this week's Upwarding newsletter. My blog, with more in-depth content, can be found here.


The Upwarding newsletter is moving from an “every Friday” schedule to a “many Fridays” schedule, as inspiration strikes.


$3/roll toilet paper used by Beyonce? Not as hard to find right now.


I’m getting into a metric called HRV, measured by many wearables (I use Whoop). High HRV is associated with cardiovascular fitness but more interestingly, being relaxed and unstressed.

Self-experimentation confirms it is the best indicator of how I “feel”. It might become the only thing I care about. And the easiest way for me to improve the number isn’t meditation, exercise, or nutrition. It’s breathing more deeply. I use this device but there are also some iPhone apps like this.


We can overcomplicate diets but a really strong long term study shows this:

Weight increase foods: potatoes (and chips), sugar-sweetened beverages, red meats, processed foods higher in starches.

Weight decrease foods: vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts, and yogurt.


March was the most volatile month in the history of the stock market.

Typically the stock market as a whole averages moves of about 60 basis points per day – on a $10,000 investment it would fluctuate up or down by about $60. A “bad day” (one of out every 10 days) is about double that – 120 basis points.

In March, the AVERAGE change in a day was over 500 basis points, 8x what a typical volatile day was. Some days it was much more! Cool related article here.

It’s likely because the range of outcomes for coronavirus and economic impacts felt so hard to predict – it’s basically impossible to model, so for most of the month we didn’t know whether it was going to lead to 50,000 deaths or 50,000,000. Now that the range of estimates is narrowing, things should calm down a bit.

Random Thoughts

I met Warren Buffett years ago, and he said the most important thing in life was to “be held in high regard by the people you love the most”.

As an interesting counterpoint, one of the compliments I treasure most is from a lady I barely knew (the co-owner of my training gym in Austin), delivered after I told her I was moving to California.

But everyone loves you!” – she said with explosive honesty. Still warms my heart.

It makes me think that randomly complimenting acquaintances or even strangers (in a genuine way) is pretty darned awesome.


Certainly true for me: “The cure for anything is salt water -- sweat, tears, or the sea” – Isak Dinesen

Stay well,