The first 60 days of 2020 are over. I predict this year to be full of surprises. Not in regards to my personal growth. I still don’t know where I’m heading. And I’m still facing my daily challenges like our water pump that stopped working leaving us with a house with no water. Things in the jungle are not as easy as in a city where your water magically appears when you open the tap. You are responsible for your own shit. So when your water stops and your baby has poo on her you need to find a solution quickly or enjoy the smell.
But outside of my little war zone things are also evolving. This year will be the year of tremendous change I believe. Coronavirus is creating so much fear that countries are closing their borders, the U.S. election will happen this year and I’m sure 2020 will be filled with lots more. Maybe a financial crisis if we get lucky.
But let’s not focus on what may or may not happen. We still all (I hope so) have around 300 days left to make things happen. Be happy and meditate. Every day is a new opportunity. If you are having a bad day, remember that there’s a new one tomorrow.
Now let’s jump right into my goals/habits.
February, a review
February was a shorter month with only 29 days. Nonetheless a fun one. Some surprises as expected. Some more admin work. And a broken car. I guess every month will bring its fair share of surprises.
If you’d like to review my previous goals, here they are.
My goal was to go on 3 “micro” dates with my dear wife. “Micro” was an easy way for me to make this task easier to achieve, since having young kids make things more complicated. Well it was not as easy as expected. When our kids go to bed, between 7 and 8pm, Marine, usually falls asleep with them. And if I’m around and a kid sleeps, you can be sure that the other one is not. It’s like they are doing it on purpose. In the end, I suppose we did manage to spend some quality time together and have nice chats though.
Verdict: More talks, stronger relationship.
Health & Fitness
Beware guys, I’m becoming a superhuman. I’m proud to announce that I did manage to successfully do 15 push-ups a day. A strong feat. I still feel weak though. Probably due to my vegan diet. I need more proteins. Gotta buy more tofu and eat more beans.
I can’t say that push-ups are fun. They are not. But I still do them. I need to tick that box on my habit app.
Now in regards to my mushroom experiment, I’ll publish the report soon. It went well but it wasn’t as crazy / incredible as I thought it would be.
Verdict: I’m becoming a strongman!
Soul & Mind
Another month in which I meditated, wrote and read every single day. So far I’m 63 days in a row and hope to keep up doing so.
Since I’ve started tracking in early September 2019 I’ve meditated 182 times, read and wrote 179 days. I’m fairly happy with my consistency. I would have never expected to keep up this long.
In February, I only read one book. A longer one. A good one.
- How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan
It’s an interesting read. The perfect companion to my microdosing experiment (report coming soon). Psychedelics may be the future of mental health care. We will see. A better solution to antidepressants in my opinion. We still don’t know if antidepressants really perform better than placebos. Psychedelic research, on the contrary, shows much better results.
Time will tell.
Verdict: Goals accomplished. Wiser I am.
Not much to say here as I didn’t wrote specific business goals. I did however work on my various projets. Things are growing slowly but surely. Pura Vida style.
Verdict: All good on the business front.
Now to my goals for March.
- Spend time with my brother
My brother came to Costa Rica for 2 weeks. It’s the first time he’s over and the first time he sees our son and daughter. He lives in NYC and we never had a chance to see each other until now.
Health & Fitness
- 20 push-ups a day
I did 10 a day in January, 15 in February so in March it’ll be 20 just to keep things fun and make me even more tired.
- 2 bike ride to work per week
Since my bike is fixed and our car isn’t working, I have no choice than to bike. It’s not a bad thing though. Let’s aim for two bike rides per week.
- Learn how to surf
Last but not least, my experiment of the month is to learn how to surf. I already did 2 days and it’s not easy. It’s very physical. It’s a good thing that I’m doing my daily push-ups. Although my teacher told me to do 3 sets of 20 in the morning and same in the evening. It must have been a joke…
Soul & Mind
- Daily Meditation
- Daily Reading
- Daily Writing
- One session with a healer or other alternative medicine practitioner
As you may have guessed by now I’m not a huge fan of western medicine. Some things are good, don’t get me wrong. But giving out drugs as if they were gummy bears doesn’t make sense to me. Our bodies are strong and can figure out what to do 95% of the time without us having to supplement it with external help. All that only makes us weaker over time. In March, I want to try something new, hence this goal.
- Outreach and get at least 5 backlinks to my websites.
SEO is really the only way to get some visibility online. Otherwise you’ll end up paying a lot for traffic. However getting quality backlinks is not easy. You need to find people that are willing to give you some of their online estate. It takes time and there’s no guarantee.
That’s it for March. Do you have anything specific planned for this month? I’d love to hear.