Issue 52: A Year of Good Stuff

9 habits to stop today, 13 anti-inflammatory foods, best winter destinations, 3 trending side hustles, commonly misheard phrases, trading a bobby pin for a house, amazing winter hikes, how to cut junk food, best investments, healthy living tips, flu prep, and the most comfortable insoles.

friday digest issue 52: a year of good stuff

ISSUE 52 TL;DR: 9 habits to stop today, 13 anti-inflammatory foods, best winter destinations, 3 trending side hustles, commonly misheard phrases, trading a bobby pin for a house, amazing winter hikes, how to cut junk food, best investments, healthy living tips, flu prep, and the most comfortable insoles.

BUT FIRST... Happy Friday friends. This is the fifty-second issue of our little weekly publication. Honestly my self doubt had convinced me I would have stopped hitting send many weeks ago – but you kept reading, replying, and clicking – so I kept creating a weekly newsletter of my favorite stories and links. THANK YOU – YOU ROCK.

How it started: In the midst of a global pandemic I found myself quarantined at home and spending a lot of time with just my thoughts (scary times). I had recently sold a business that I spent years building and now I had nothing productive to do with my time. I have battled depression (and self doubt) much of my life – that I was always able to control by being busy. Between a pandemic and a lot of alone time, I could feel myself loosing control.

I love reading, learning – and surfing the web – so I spent my time digesting content to help improve my mind, body, and career. I have a strange habit of bookmarking everything (as if I have an endless amount of time to read it all). I started putting all my favorite finds into a newsletter and sending it out every Friday morning to a few friends.

How its going: Today, Friday Digest is delivered to over 6500 inboxes every week. We recently moved from an email-only newsletter to a full website to archive each issue. We also started creating our own content based on what our readers are interested in. We have been talking with some incredible brands about collaborations and have some really cool things planned for our next 52 issues. I cant wait to see where 2022 takes us. Our path is completely dependent upon what YOU – our readers and what YOU want to see... so, feel free to hit reply or reach out with your feedback. Cheers to another year of good stuff.

Ok, enough about me. Here's this week's digest 👇


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The Not-To-Do List: 9 Habits to Stop Now

The easiest way to get through your to-do list – is to eliminate things you don't need to do. Here are nine common habits that entrepreneurs and office workers should strive to eliminate. From the Tim Ferris blog.

1. Do not answer calls from unrecognized phone numbers
2. Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night
3. Do not agree to meetings or calls with no clear agenda or end time
4. Do not let people ramble on
5. Do not check e-mail constantly — “batch” and check at set times only
6. Do not over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers
7. Do not work more to fix overwhelm — prioritize
8. Do not carry a cellphone 24/7
9. Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should

13 of the Most Anti-Inflammatory Foods You Can Eat

Inflammation can be both good and bad. It helps your body defend itself from infection and injury but, chronic inflammation can lead to disease.

Stress, low activity levels, and foods that cause inflammation can make this risk even greater. However, studies suggest that some foods can help decrease chronic inflammation. Eat 13 anti-inflammatory foods. From Healthline

  1. Berries
  2. Fatty Fish
  3. Broccoli
  4. Avocados
  5. Green Tea
  6. Peppers
  7. Mushrooms
  8. Grapes
  9. Turmeric
  10. Extra virgin olive oil
  11. Dark chocolate
  12. Tomatoes
  13. Cherries

North America’s most spectacular winter destinations

Warm beaches are available year-round in many parts of the world. But the beauty of winter in America is only around for a season. Not to mention these places from Lonely Planet, are just a road trip away – and offer plenty of socially distancing. Check out these incredible places for a last minute winter trip.

  1. Snowshoe through Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
  2. Admire the bubbles at Abraham Lake, Alberta
  3. Catch a show at Horsetail Falls, Yosemite National Park
  4. Experience the Northern Lights in Fairbanks, Alaska
  5. Wander with wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  6. Experience the weird at Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park
  7. Ice climb in Ouray Ice Park, Colorado
  8. Ice skate the Rideau Canal, Ottawa

3 people whose side hustles can bring in thousands of dollars a month, and how they turned passion into profit

Millions of people are leaving their jobs as part of the Great Resignation. Their reasons vary, but some are taking on new side hustles and earning BIG BUCKS. Check out these three people who are making thousands with their new gigs. [from Acorns]

Jessica Herring began offering video editing services for Twitch trailers on the freelancer site Fiverr, and the requests came pouring in. In June 2020, she brought in $2,600.

Rocky Trifari started a lifestyle blog in high school. Trifari spent six months in 2018 traveling in Greece, Poland, Spain, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and eight months in 2019 living in Spain. Throughout his time abroad, he wrote blog posts featuring affiliate links and sponsored posts relevant to his travels, earning money even as he pursued his passion. Today, his blog brings in $100-$2,500 per month in passive income.

Sereda has been trying to make it in the music industry for seven years. Sereda started livestreaming her songwriting and production process on twitch. Her popularity on the site grew, and she's since amassed more than 260,000 followers. Within a year, Sereda's channel was bringing in $4,500 per month.

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11 Commonly Misheard Phrases That Actually Make Sense

Is it "Last-Stitch Effort" or "Last-Ditch Effort"? "Take for Granite" or "Take for Granted". Check out these commonly misheard phrases.

She traded a bobby pin for a house

This woman started with a bobby pin and through a series of slick trades – ended up with a house. Meet the TikTok star who did it

5 Amazing Places To Go Winter Hiking In The US

Whether you’re looking to get in some winter exercise or take in the snowy alpine scenery, there are plenty of great places to go winter hiking in the US. Mallory the Adventure Coach share these 5 amazing places.

7 Ways to Cut out Junk Food

Eating junk food has many negative effects on our health. It causes obesity, depression, high sugar levels. and decreases productivity. Try these 7 ways to cut out junk food.

Our Best Investment Ideas for January 2022 (5 Stocks)

The 5 best investment ideas for January 2022 include some of the latest trends in e-commerce, the metaverse, artificial intelligence.

5 Healthy Living Tips from a Plant-Based Endurance Athlete

Living healthy requires a dedicated commitment and making the right choices in your diet and exercise. Ross, a plant based athlete shares his 5 tips to a balanced healthy life.

Don’t Let the Flu Sneak Up on You

Get ready, Flu season is amping up. 10 Ways to Prep for Flu Season Now

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"The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today."   H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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