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Friday, August 21st 2020

My current health hack –

While not quite a health hack in the strictest terms, I’m quite enjoying another new app right now called DuoLingo. Available on Google Play or App Store I’m trying to learn Chinese-Mandarin again for like the 99th time but this app have stick-a-bility. It reminds me each day to give it a go and I do the fun gamified lessons for about 10 mins and call it a night. I like that it’s there on my iPhone within armsreach so no messing around with pen or notepads or chunky dictionaries. To me it’s all about the habit and if it’s a good habit, then it’ll have knock-on effects on other aspects of my life too like health, wealth, relationships and happiness.

New dish of the week –

Tonight I swung by my fiancee’s grandma for Banh Canh, a thick cut rice noodle in a thick chicken broth, chicken pieces, garnished with fried garlic bits and shallots. Comfort food at it’s best. To top it all off, the noodles were freshly handmade a few hours earlier. Considering the cold front that’s hitting much of NSW this weekend, I was super grateful!

What I’m watching on Netflix –

Drive to Survive a documentary about Formula 1 racing. As a kid growing up I was fascinated by fast cars, reading NRMA’s Roadside magazine each quarter. Although not a rev-head in the traditional sense, I came to like Formula 1 for all the high tech it involved. Netflix now lets you in behind the scenes as it follows predominantly two underdog teams: Red-Bull Racing and HASS USA during the 2019 season. The visuals are stunning, the sound is legit, and the struggle in real for these underdogs. I’m personally cheering on our Aussie boy: Daniel Riccardo 

Quote of the week –

“Faster is the scariest word in the world” Gary Vaynerchuck

On having patience to execute the daily menial tasks, so that you can achieve later live on your terms. Gary is like a virtual mentor to me. Bit of context: he was born in Belarus (former Soviet Union), his parents immigrated to America, he helped in his Dad’s liquor store for all of his 20s and now at 43yo he is a leader in the marketting space. More importantly, his legacy is to show impressionable young men (think myself) that success = happiness. To not be misled by all the glamour of entrepreneur land ie jets, bling, girls, champagne. I’ve been pondering a lot this last week about my definition of success. I used to want to become a millionaire but I dont think I have the ambition to get me there. Doing what I love ie. helping others with their health challenges and seeing that AHA moment makes me joyful. What’s yours?

What I’m reading –

The Greatest Salesman In the World, by Og Mandino. A tiny book written in parable form which brought me to tears right at chapter two. It’s about a young sheep herder boy who is working for a wealthy merchant in modern day Damascas whom suddenly is overcome with ambition to become rich to marry the girl of his dreams. I love the simplicity of the tale and the moral of the story at the end of each chapter is worth it’s weight in gold. Currently I’m reading it exactly as prescribed ie. each chapter three times a day for 30days before moving onto the next chapter. It sounds cheesy but it’s a habit thing like I mentioned earlier.  Results thus far? Better reading habits, meal prep habits, gym habits. For most that’s a gamechanger.

Hope you enjoyed that one! xoxo Vien 

PS. Remember to rug up guys, it’s a windy one in Sydney this weekend!