Live by Design by TREY KAUFFMAN

Issue #63 | FEBRUARY 8, 2024
This issue clocks in at 614 words — about a 3 minute read

In this issue:

  • Being Comfortable is the Worst: Why I push myself past my preconceived limits
  • Checking In: Are you enjoying the longer form content?
  • Look Back: My Year Starts on March 1st
  • Happy birthday week, Tracy!

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Being Comfortable is the Worst

In 48 hours I’ll be taking the stage for the first time in my life. I won’t be sharing the spotlight, and the glory of victory or the embarrassment of defeat will be mine alone.

Let’s back up.

A year ago, almost to the day, I decided I would give learning to swim a go. It’s a casual statement because it was a casual decision. I didn’t put any thought into it, I just decided it would be a cool experiment in self-improvement.

Before March of 2023, if someone asked me if I could swim I would say (as I’ve heard countless others say since), “I mean, I could swim to save my life if I had to.” The irony is, looking back I don’t think there was any truth to that statement.

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It's been just over three months since I made the decision for myself to focus on writing longer form articles, sharing snippets in this weekly newsletter.

For those who have joined since then, you may not know that these newsletters used to consist of three quick segments loosely tied together. Today, the longer form articles allow me to explore topics more deeply and to flex my writing muscles a bit more.

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My Year Starts on March 1st

As my mindset shifted and my mentality regarding self-improvement detached itself from convention, I took a critical look at my beliefs about myself and when I traditionally found forward progress in life. Surprising no one, that progress wasn’t happening in January.

If there were ever a time of the year in which I felt reborn, it was during the snow melt; while the first trees were blooming; the point at which the scent of the air switched from frigid to fragrant. I remember as a little leaguer showing up for the first spring practice feeling a renewed sense of self, ready to play ball with my team.

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Critical Thought

"When pain is unbearable it destroys us; when it does not it is bearable."
— Marcus Aurelius

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