8th January 2018: Right now, Erin and I are in Melbourne, Australia, enjoying the Summer and staying in one place until February to recover from travel fatigue and get some good work done.

After a challenging and rewarding few days of New Year’s reflection – I’m focussing on crunching some great books for the first few months of 2018 (nominally as research for my own possible distant book project). With any luck I’ll be putting out summaries for Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, Robbins’s Awaken The Giant Within, and Tolle’s The Power of Now. The more of these cornerstone texts I read the more I see the same principles hashed out over and over again since the turn of the 19th Century (and earlier). I’m not yet sure if that’s reassuring or depressing.

To keep me busy I’m also studying Mandarin and German, grinding through 8,000 History of Art flashcards, embarrassing myself at a weekly improv class, getting headspacetraining for the Sri Chinmoy trail half-marathondoing lots of yoga, dragging myself to the gym and getting schooled at Ultimate Frisbee.

Melbourne is an awesome city – full of small shops and independent cafés and restaurants that give it a young and dynamic vibe. There’s a ton of things going on every week to keep us busy and meeting new people in the evenings is a breeze. As one of the more forward-thinking, health-conscious cities in Australia, it’s also a good spot for our new experiment with vegetarianism (beginning Jan 1st) and a superb base from which to keep pushing the launch of Erin’s new company, Evergreen Matcha in the USA (so far so good!).

That’s all for now – next update in February in the run-up to my 30th birthday.

Good luck, be safe and go well! Arthur