March was a good month, quite possibly the best month I’ve ever had – not sure I can attribute that to anything specific just consciously happy and fulfilled in every aspect of life. I’ll call March the month of “boom”.
Day Light Savings / Frolf
This is my favorite day of the year, the day that the sun comes out and those precious hours after work allow me to make any day a weekend.
What am I primarily referring to? Frolf.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, frolf is essentially golf played with frisbees. 5:00 hits, it’s been a productive day at work, I hustle out to the frolf course as quickly as possibly and play as many holes as I can before the sun comes down. After 2 hours, and typically a cold beer and some ganj, I forget that I worked all day. It’s basically a casual weekend afternoon – that’s a best case scenario.
If you’re in San Francisco you have to download this app. It tracks where you’ve been and rates you against your friends. My manager and I have a stiff competition right now and it’s really changed my daily habits. I strive to “acquire new quads” which translates to exploring new parts of the city and forcing myself into new adventures.
One of the biggest drivers of my steady rate of my positive mindset this year can be attributed to a group I meet with every other week, the Master Mind. We are a group of three dudes that are all young professionals, in tech, with girlfriends, and similar personal and professional goals. We’ve built a foundation of trust where we can talk openly about our challenges, goals, work, life, relationships. We build each other up and inspire one another to be happier.
The one big takeaway from Master Mind is the impact that a proactive consciousness can have on a day-to-day basis. Surfacing, articulating, and flushing those parts of life that matter is healthy. It’s comforting to know that these guys are experiencing similar things and helpful to brainstorm and bounce ideas off one another. From these meetings I come out with a proactive mindset in tackling areas of life I want to improve or strengthen.
A big learning I’ve had in the past couple months has been focused on time, mind, and energy allocation. I’ve gotten better at identifying how I refuel and how often I need to charge my battery. At LinkedIn, I burned out and I remember in my final interview with Kiva’s CEO his one concern with me was burning out of the job. I’ve been very conscious of the need to refuel, recharge, and refocus on a weekly basis to combat stress. Frolf and Master Mind are two very tangible ways in which I do this, Quad Streaker is a tool that influences me towards this.
Make every day “thanks-giving”. Be thankful for what you have. Find ways to express your thankfulness and make this a part of your daily routine. It will put life in perspective and influence your appreciation and relationships with the people you care most about and the things in life that make you happy.
In February I trained 12 new Kiva Zip fellows that are all over the country growing our program. When I was prepping for them to come in the office, I came up with four words that represent the culture of Kiva Zip – positivity, energy, enthusiasm, and flexibility. Those four words are what drive and inspire me. They are the guiding principles I aspire to in my life.