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Long Time No TLDR

Good question. Let me explain.

I took some time off to focus on life. Here’s the abridged version of the last 6 months: planned a wedding, got married, honeymooned abroad, got sick, caught up on work, got sick again.

It was amazing, exciting and full of phlegm. But most importantly, it was something I had to dedicate my free time to.

All that being said, I’m sorry that I left you hanging without any sense of why or when and if TLDR would return. I love writing these and promise to keep you more informed moving forward. ❤
 

Dear Me 10 Years Ago

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon a post that caught my eye. It read, “So we’ve graduated. What now?” That stuck with me, what now. Here’s an excerpt from it:
 

“Though the circumstances for each of us are very different, it would be great to hear some of the things you seasoned fellows wish you knew right after college, or what you'd like to share as life-enriching advice to those who are overwhelmed with this next stage in life.”


This reminded me of a response I saw on the TLDR survey a while back (yes, I read all of them). Someone wrote that they’d like to know what I would tell 10-years ago me. Well, 10 years ago, I had recently graduated and wasn’t sure about what to do next.
 
I thought about and replied to the post first. Then I thought some more about what else I might tell myself 10 years ago, if I owned a Dolorean and a flux capacitor. Here’s what I settled on.

Take Risks.

Not life-threatening risks, but rather life-enriching ones. Be smart, but fearless in your decision making. You’re young and can afford to fuck up trying different things that others aren’t. Sure, you might land on your face, but you might also discover something amazing about yourself. Maybe both.

Taking risks gets exponentially harder with age. Especially once you’re accustomed to a particular lifestyle and when others depend on you.
 

Pursue Growth.

In a specific direction of your interest. Don’t just chase a title, focus on developing your skills and honing your craft. Have a goal for where you’d like to be in the future, but keep an open mind along the way. You might find that what comes naturally to you isn’t what you thought.
 

Trust Your Gut.

If something doesn’t feel right, acknowledge it. Listen to that little voice in your head and be honest with yourself about how you feel. Don’t take on that project. Ask that uncomfortable question. Graciously bail if you have to. There’s nothing wrong with taking a minute to yourself.
 

Listen. Really Listen.

“When people think you’re dying, they really, really listen to you, instead of just waiting for their turn to speak.” ― Marla Singer
 
Don’t just wait for your turn to speak. Listen. Empathize. Be in the moment.

What’s Next?

I have a lot new things lined up to share with you. Like how I tackle big projects, work/life balance, freelancing 101 and a multi-part series on how we made Future Taco Meow, warts and all. I might throw in some new tools and tips along the way.
 
Do you ’gram? Me too! In fact, I’m sharing a lot more day-to-day stuff via Instagram Stories, if you’re into that kind of thing.
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