Another week complete. The last seven days were a whirlwind one for Kyla and me, ending on a bit of a trying note. But, we will get through. We always do. This weekly feature was started to help me remember the positive points of the week. I hope you find something enjoyable as well.
Eyes and Ears
Song: Love by Lana Del Rey | I have no shame in sharing my love for Lana Del Rey. I own a shirt which is just her face (cover of Born to Die). On the 18th, she released a new single, Love. Excited to hear more new songs and all the remixes to follow.
I am now a week into my new project as a minimalist gamer. It has been a week of removal and subtraction. A week of analysis and reflection. The last seven days are the start of a path to more intentional gaming. I am happy with the results, and I’m enjoying the time more when I do decide to play.
The first thing I did to help me establish what I mean by minimalist gamer was to identify the three things most important to me while gaming. (For you, it may be two, it may be five. I would advise not going over five.)
Enjoy my time
Limit the options
With these points in mind, I began to look at my gaming life in more detail.
There is no right answer only the next action. When you begin to make every decision, every choice intentional, you stop caring if you’re right. Intentional living is about owning who you are, loving what you do and the people with whom you spend your time.
Welcome to the second installment of Sunday Morning Links. I made it two weeks – good job me!
Eyes and Ears
Song / Album: Love and Great Buildings from Zombies on Broadway by Andrew Mcmahon | Maybe it is a fact Something Corporate, and Jack’s Mannequin have played such an important part of my life, especially with Kyla, but whenever Andrew McMahon puts out new music, it gets pushed right to the top for me. While I would not call this his best release, it is a nice, upbeat, 38-minute distraction from the world.
I know what you are thinking, and I’ve heard it before. “What the hell is a minimalist gamer? This can’t be a thing. Isn’t Minimalism about giving things up? Living with less? Not spending time on the superfluous?”
Welcome to my digital survival kit for 2017. I’m pleasantly surprised to see many of the apps on my 2016 edition are carried over to the new year. (Last year is on my old Tumblr.Yeah, I know. Let’s not? Okay? Ok.) A few apps and services I phased out either changed their purpose due to API alterations – Iconosquare – or were not the right fit and became chores – Habitica and Forest. What the following list covers are the day-to-day apps I use to run our house and daily life, not our business. For the full list of services we use to run the business, please head over to Kyla’s tools page.
An important part of my digital survival which is not an app or service is the layout of my home screen. I use this layout to keep the high use on the first page. Occasional use on the second page and rarely used on the third. One every page I only use the first two rows for apps or folders. The search function is used to find and open most apps. Quicker from the home screen than sliding through pages and folders.
For a few years, I lost the concept of value. At some point in my life value transformed to become, how much can I get for an item in a few months from now? The Minimalists have a question they like to ask, “Does this add value to my life?”. I have tried, with varying degrees of success, to ask this question during 2016. For 2017, I am throwing away that question and going with a question to fit the new reality of my life, “Does this provide a roof or a meal?”.
Starting a new feature this week I am calling Lazy Sunday Morning Links. I am using this to share my favorite finds of the previous seven days. The idea behind this series is to document the things that bring me joy throughout the year. The goal is to begin a routine of recording my finds before the little one is born in May. I hope items shared on these lists will provide you some enjoyment as they have for me.
Eyes and Ears
Song:Ran from Future Islands | Future Islands released my favorite album of 2014, so to see new music from them in Spotify this week almost made my month on day one. It is like an old friend calling out of the blue. 2017 is shaping up to be a benchmark year for music.
Music has always been one of my best tools for reflection. Last year I brought back the end of year playlist. I started to use Spotify shortly after we visited Stockholm in May 2015 and assembled my first year in review playlist in many years last December. Back in the mid-2000s, I would make CDs for my family and friends to give away at Christmas, and it was a great exercise. I was quite happy to have it return.
Legion has arrived. The new, shiny thing to replace you is here. I am sorry you didn’t live up the hype. I don’t think it was entirely your fault. The amount of pressure put on you by the community was crushing. The disappointment doesn’t mean you were bad, just misunderstood.