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“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

– Helen Keller

Good morning!

Did you know that humans shed approximately 200 million skin cells every hour? 😬 Also, the average lifespan of humans cells is about 7 to 10 years… so you’re literally a new person every decade. How’s that for personal growth? 

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– Mike & Alec


I went to a friend’s wedding a few weeks ago and had the opportunity to partake in one of my favorite activities: dancing with friends. 

I’m not as fit as I once was, however, and so I had to take occasional breaks.

During one break, I sat back in my chair, watched people dancing, laughing, and being merry. And I had a moment of euphoria — I thought to myself, this is how it’s supposed to be

Human connection (spending time with friends and family) is such an important part of our lives. But today’s world doesn’t make it easy.

Are you hungry for friendship, love, or connection with other people?

In an article titled, I hired a friendship coach to help me make friends. Here’s what happened., Jen Glantz offers some great advice for building new relationships…

Tap into your friends of friends network “Explore adjacent friends. Who are the people you sometimes see at the same parties and share mutual friends, but never have one-on-one conversations?” Bayard said. “Start there first. So many times we think making new friends is about starting from scratch, but sometimes it’s about going deeper with people you already know.”

Put down the phone and make conversation with people in public “When you’re on-the-go, in line, or at the register and you’re on the phone, there’s a lot of missed connection happening,” Bayard said. “Also, you see the same people every day (the barista at your coffee shop, etc.) and if you say hello every day or have a mini conversation, that’s a breeding ground for a relationship.”

Find a group and go three times “A lot of time we think we’re going to join a meetup group and then we go and don’t find our new best friend, we quit,” Bayard said. “You have to see people over and over again, specifically weekly. That way, you can remember what you talked about the week before and bring it up again. That’s how we build a relationship.”

Nervous about meeting new people? 

Well, research suggests that the strangers you strike up a conversation with enjoy the engagement just as much as you do.

The world has lots of people.

Go meet some of them. 

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Our Favorite Affirmation

We recently came across a simple affirmation that we love. It’s short, sweet, and calming. Here it is:

All is well and I am safe.

Close your eyes and say that a few times this morning. 

“I Don’t Have Time”

We recently stumbled across this post on social media… 

Hear, hear.

We have the same amount of time as all of the world’s most well-known hustlers. 

It’s not about time, it’s about priorities. 

And it’s important to be honest with ourselves about what we’re prioritizing and what we’re not — for better or worse.


Because all growth starts with a cold, hard look in the mirror.

This Week’s Image

“A visitor reaches toward a scale model of the moon during an aerospace art exhibition in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, on October 2, 2022.” via The Atlantic

This Week’s Riddle

Here’s this week’s riddle — the answer is at the bottom of the email!

What can you hold in your right hand, but never in your left hand?

This Week’s Journaling Prompt

Take some time to think through the following journaling prompt. 

Make a list of the things that are most important to you in your life. Then compare that with the things you spend the most time on. How’s the balance? 

This Week’s Challenge

Make a few new acquaintances. The world has plenty of people. Meet someone new this week. Take someone out for lunch. Or grab a beer. The only way to not make friends is to not put yourself out there. 

Riddle Answer: Your left hand.

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