A Year (Life) Well Lived

A crucial end-of-year question.

Hey friends,

In my last newsletter issue of 2023, I want to ask you a question:

Was 2023 a year well lived for you?

If yes, why? If not, why? And what's your meaning of "well lived"?

A few years ago, I started doing personal annual reviews (and later goal-setting) in addition to daily, weekly, and monthly journaling to help me keep my life on the right track. Getting off track is too easy if you're not paying attention.

I haven't yet had the time to do a proper 2023 review, and I won't have as much time for it this year due to the amount of work I'm in the middle of right now, but if I only had a few hours to spend on this I'd spend them on looking back at 2023 to answer this one question:

Was it a year well lived? If yes, why? If not, why?

Answering this question gives you a reference point, at least a general sense of whether or not you're moving in the right direction. If you have time for a proper annual review – and I strongly suggest you find time for it – you can expand on this with additional questions to get more clarity. But having just this one answer can have a massive difference in where you'll find yourself a year from now.

What's your answer to this question?

See you soon,


A few thoughts

The right way to speak. For years I've been struggling with the clarity of my voice (or rather the lack of it) and having to talk louder to sound clearer. Finally took a voice lesson last week and found out I'm just doing it wrong – turns out there are right and wrong ways to speak. A single 45-minute voice lesson later I sound so much clearer and feel so much more confident as a result it's crazy.

Fame vs fortune. If you won a fortune in a lottery, would you want anyone to know about it? We made a pact with a friend to combine our luck, buy some lottery tickets together, and split the jackpot. You may or may not hear about this again.

Enjoyed this

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me "Inspiration is perishable and life goes by fast. Inaction is a particularly insidious type of risk."

CRISPR in cancer biology and therapy "In cancer research, CRISPR and related tools have offered a window into previously intractable problems in our understanding of cancer genetics, the noncoding genome and tumour heterogeneity, and provided new insights into therapeutic vulnerabilities. Here, we review the progress made in the development of CRISPR systems as a tool to study cancer, and the emerging adaptation of these technologies to improve diagnosis and treatment."

The fun part

Meet Ando – he was my guest for a few days last week! He's the best boy.