Sunday, April 12, 2020

Thoughts This Week

So here goes the second week of the maternity leave, before the baby gets here. A rather productive week that I accomplish:
  • Daily practice of Jordan Harbinger's 6 mins networking course. It's a simple exercise of reaching out people I haven't spoken in a while. In the last two weeks, I spoke to a few acquaintances that I lost touch with in the last 2 years. It's really a great feeling to say hi and learn about what they're up to. There are other exercises in his course, such as reaching out to a person you don't know but admire. That's going to be my goal for next week.
  • We packed hospital bags, a second time. I packed some stuff during week 1. But now we learned we can't leave the maternity ward after being admitted (due to the COVID-19 pandemic), we need to bring more backup stuffs. So we ended up packing two suitcases (one check-in size and one carry-on), and two duffel bags. 
  • I mediate every single day. I downloaded this app called "Insight". It's a free app offering lots of great guided meditation. Meditation is something I always wanted to pick up. Tried a few times but never make it a habit. Thanks to this app, I've been meditating (though as little as 2 or 5 mins) for 12 days in a streak. I couldn't say I see a clear benefit yet - I'm on leave so my stress level is pretty low to start with. But I start to enjoy the serenity and peacefulness it brings. My goal is to gradually increase the length of each meditation session. 
  • I continue to read books. This week I finished "Tiny Habit" and will be finishing "Pachinko". Both books are great reads. "Tiny Habits" is about how to scientifically develop good habits and get rid bad ones. Some of the ideas are very novel. For example, the author suggests you start "very small" so you could start the behavior with little to no resistance. He gave the example of flossing one tooth to start the habit of flossing daily. "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee, on the other hand, is a historical novel following a Korean family who eventually migrates to Japan. I learned a lot about Japanese and Korean culture. The storytelling is captivating.
Also, friends and families have started to check in on me as I'm getting closer to my due date. No news just yet. We'll see when the little one will be ready to meet the world!

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