#61 (1/11/21) Virtues, Well-Being, and Pursuit of the Good Life Laurie & Matt begin a 10 week journey they're calling the Sourcebook Series, a collection of journal entries that they started to collect, evaluate, generate, and refine over the last six months that represent the most important ideas and principles of who they are, that represent what their life stands for. It's been some of the most important work they've done for themselves, which in turn is good for the teens they serve.
On this episode they talk about the first list in their Sourcebook: Virtues. Virtues represent the guiding principles and values that guide our actions, help us make better decisions, and define what we consider to be a truly Good Life. What are your virtues? This week's homework is to do a Google search for a list of virtues, and think about which ones matter the most to you, that you want to define the kind of person you are. Select 4 or more to be your primary virtues, then as many more as you like to be supportive, sub-virtues. Write them down, define them in your own terms, and spend some time each morning meditating on them before you begin your day.
#60 (1/4/21) Attention, Neuroscience, and Who We Are Laurie & Matt pivot to a health and wellness focus for 2021, adhering to the familiar advice of securing their own oxygen masks before helping the child in the seat next to them in the great airplane of life. They start by focusing on ATTENTION, and how our brains are shaped by what we choose to feed it. The algorithms have their own agenda for what we should pay attention to, but are their suggestions really crafting the person we want to be and the life we want to live? Thoughtfully curating the items we train our attention on, and in turn shape our brains and ourselves, is as good a place to start a new year as any Laurie & Matt can imagine.
We've been guests on other podcasts a couple times, and in fact our first ever experience with podcasting was as guests on the very popular Intermittent Fasting Stories with Gin Stephens (episode #68), where we talked about our foray into and continuing experience with, you guessed it, intermittent fasting.
We also got together with our new best friends Kyle & Ben on their podcast, The BeerEDU Podcast (episode #91), where we talked about, you guessed it again, beer and education.