What I'm up to right now.
Here is what I'm currently focused on, in no particular order:
New life chapter, new opportunities
Right now is a really good time in my life to embark on some new adventures and move overseas. So I've been casually looking for new work opportunities — I'm open to anywhere that is English-speaking and outside of New Zealand/Australia.
Slowing down my brain
Over the past few years, I've noticed that my brain has been completely ruined by the quick, never-ending distractions of the socially connected internet. I would feel anxious and jittery, find it hard to focus on any one thing, self-distract all the time, and generally be a mess.
Lately, I've been focusing on moving almost all of my reading time from short-form social media posts and clickbaity, 500-word articles to longform reading. For me, that's anything above 2000 words. Books, investigative essays — heck, even fanfiction counts.
The main point is to re-train my brain back into a place where it can focus on large, complex ideas and thoughts again. It's going pretty well so far! The only bite-sized thing I check anymore is Twitter, and I mostly go on to post something, rather than to tread the ocean of shallow takes.
After starting my newsletter, I realised that I actually really enjoy writing, and want to do more of it. I'd like to get my writing up to a point where it is worthy of submitting to actual publications. (I mean, I've been published before, but those times all felt like flukes, to be honest. I'd like to be a consistent and bona fide writer.)
Mental and physical discipline
I've been focusing more on my judo, and I'm thinking about taking up this parent form of tai chi that was practiced by my family.
Rewatching Avatar: The Last Airbender
This is my favourite TV Series of all time, hands down. Every time I watch it, I learn something new about life and myself. If you haven't seen it yet, I cannot recommend it enough.