Issue No. 576
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Oh, hi friends!

What would it look like if this were easy?

This is one of my favorite bits of advice (taken from one of Tim Ferriss’ books) that I often forget.

You can ask it about anything you’re struggling with or debating over.

Like, say I want to learn more about music theory. I could tell myself I’ll hunt around for YouTube videos and watch some and try to absorb their lessons. But the easiest version of this would be to buy a keyboard and pay to go to a class once a week. (I said easy, not cheap!) 

If you’re trying to learn a new language, the easy version might be a tutor — or installing Duolingo on your phone.

If you’re trying to cook more, the easy version could be to get a Blue Apron-style meal kit delivered to your house.

If you’re trying to run more, the easy version might be to run once a week when you know you have time. Or short runs during your less hectic days. 

If you’re trying to find a new job, the easy version might be someone who already knows you hiring you (the dream!) — so you might start asking around for opportunities.

It’s so easy to make things complicated. What if we made them easy instead?

Lagos, in Portugal.
Photo by julie aagaard from Pexels

“No one just sits down and completes a book all at once. I try to [edit] 15 pages a day, usually at night. It feels weird to talk about some personal writing project that isn’t done, but I also think that part of the reason it always feels like everyone else is killing it and you’re falling behind is because people only give interviews and talk about what they’ve done once they’ve already done it — when they’re promoting it and it’s all over.

It’s nice to be a little transparent rather than create a lot of buildup around it in my head.”

An oldie but a goodie. I really appreciate Tavi Gevinson talking about her work-in-progress. More people should!

Billy on the Street with “Reese Witherspoon.” I’m dying, I’m dead.

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Thanks, as always, for reading.

Love, Kara

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