☝️ Upwarding #32: Swimming Magic, Dog Ownership, Stradivarius Violins, Forget Plans.

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


I’ve adored swimming in the lakes on the Five Lakes Trail this summer.

Ben Franklin and Robert Moses are just two highly successful individuals who loved to swim in the open water.  There is something spectacular and mysterious about a dip in the open water – it’s like instant enlightenment.  To find your local swimming hole check out AllTrails.com


For about 40 years, I always assumed growth meant accumulation or addition.  I think that’s why I’ve enjoyed reading “I AM THAT” as well as practicing this Essential Self medtiation where self-growth becomes paradoxically about subtraction – in short, what are you NOT? (your thoughts, your possessions, your relationships, your name, etc).


Owning a dog reduces your risk of dying from any cause by 24%.


I find Stradivarius violins gorgeous to look at.  They’ve also been incredible investments.  In the 1980s, when I first heard about them they were going for then “insane” prices of about $250,000.  There are now Strads that sell for $20mm or more.  It’s like investing in a tech stock but you get to look at this beauty instead of numbers on a computer screen.  Now you just have to come up with the 20 mil.

Random Thoughts

When projects have been backing up and I feel like I can’t stay on top of life, nothing gets me more productive than using my Best Self Journal.  It comprehensively includes gratitude, goals, tasks, passions, learnings – all in one small book.  It can feel a little strange to go back to pen and paper but it’s incredibly satisfying.

There are other options like Panda Planner if you prefer.


This one is getting me through an uncertain time: “You don’t always need a plan.  Sometimes you need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.” – Mandy Hale.

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Stay well,