Little gifts in your inbox: Mailing lists that you MUST subscribe to

If you told me that at this point in my life I would thoroughly enjoy being a part of a mailing list....!

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My normal email inbox sits at around 719 messages at a time. My work email isn't connected to my phone anymore, so it's just my personal account and Hundred Blog email account. It's now my new norm. My new 0 is 719. I think I'm in the middle with this? Not organized, obvi, but I've seen email inboxes on my friends phones with 4,000 emails. I mean, God bless those that kept it organized with only 'the emails with action items' in their inbox. You run the world, yo.

You may be thinking, how can subscribing to an email list bring value to my life? Which, at first, I couldn't see how another email could bring value to my life too. 

But, now I see it like podcasts. Even the next generation of podcasts. I mean, at this point I can honestly say that the voices of my favorite podcasts, I see as mentors. They've changed my life and bring nuggets of insight and truth to my everyday. People like Rich Roll, James Altucher, Tara Brach... you can read about one of favorite podcasts here.

So, mailing lists. Seemingly scary, a commitment to drop in your inbox weekly, or daily, but you guys, just like the people that write them....

THESE ARE SO VALUABLE!I

The....new....PODCASTS.

I mean, lets face it, we're on our phones ALL THE TIME. It's good to actually read something helpful, and inspirational. Something other than mindless scrolling of your Instagram feed, ha.

Mailing lists, like podcasts, can be consumed at any cadence you decide and provide value to your life - free.

One of my closest friends, Jacqui (living in NYC working for Trunk Club) is responsible for the recommendation for most of these, because whatever she recommends I'm in for. Thank you, my angel!


Nicole Antoinette

Frequency: Weekly | Subscribe: Here | Vibe: Honest

Nicole Antoinette has a successful podcast called Real Talk, and only just got on my radar as of late, but I LOVE how honest, real, thoughtful and poignant she is. This one is one of those emails were you sigh, take a breath and just appreciate whatever it is you are doing and however far along you've come. 

 

I think Nicole describes her weekly emails better than I probably could....

 

If you’re tired of all the cliché self-help life-hack bullshit out there, you’ll find this show to be a refreshing alternative.

In addition to the podcast, I write and share personal stories about the wonderful (and often hilarious) mess of being human.

You’ll find stories about getting sober, falling in love, long distance running, and living with mental illness. You’ll also find stories about my family, like the time my mother dumped a carton of milk over my head, or how she accidentally sent a pornographic spam email to her pastor.

Life, right??
— Nicole Antoinette

That good good. A sample email:

And so I got up at 6am this morning and ran on the treadmill in the freezing cold garage that was only marginally less freezing than the freezing cold streets outside, because I want to run a sub-6 minute mile this year and I will not get any closer by staying in bed and avoiding discomfort.

Which is why I am done looking for “life hacks” of any kind. There is no shortcut to where I want to go, and it is time to lean into that.

There are no shortcuts - there is only discipline. But with discipline comes the deep joy of doing what you never thought you could do.
— Nicole Antoinette

Dope right? It's like the perspective giver. No bullshit just realness that makes you feel good about wherever you are in your journey.


Tim Ferriss

Frequency: 1-2x per week | Subscribe: HereVibe: Intelligent

My dude. One of my favorite podcasts, and entrepreneurs, Tim's weekly email does not disappoint with the '5 Bullet Fridays concept'. Each have 5 bullets (I'm so smart) which include links to relevant articles, tips and information that doesn't take a long time to read but always delivers. 

The good good. A sample email:

Music I’m relaxing to — A Long Walk (A Touch Of Jazz Mix) by Jazzanova

What I’m watching — What We Do In The Shadows. This movie is f*ing hilarious. I think it’s ~95% on Rotten Tomatoes. It chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world. Clement and Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series “Flight of the Conchords,” co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal the details of their nightly routine.

Purchases I’m enjoying — Check out a bunch of them on Kit.com, including my favorite gear for podcasting, coffee, everyday carry, survival gear (some ridiculous), and much more. For those interested, I am co-running a contest and giving away $1,000 of gearhere. Competition starts now and ends 4pm ET on Monday. Here’s all the fun.

Article I’m re-reading — ”The Gonzo Vision of Quentin Tarantino” - New York Times

Quote I’m using to guide new year’s decisions — “Creation is a better means of self-expression and possession; it is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.” – Vida D. Scudder, The Life of the Spirit in the Modern English Poet

Notes from the Universe: The Universe Talks

Frequency: You decide! | Subscribe: HereVibe: Inpirational

The Universe Talks. I was jaw drop when I found this idea and concept. The Notes are brief emails written by "The Universe," personalized with your name, designed to remind you that you have, indeed, been given dominion over all things. You actually input in your goals, and it will, at random bring up that goal to see how your progress is doing, but in an inspirational and kind way that makes you feel good. Plus they come in at 4 AM so it's that first thing you read in the morning to put things in perspective. 

Maybe my favorite of the list I've shared here!

That good good. A sample email:

 

Impatience is a sign that one has temporarily forgotten, Krista, to behave at all times as if their dreams have already come true. 

You know, in case someone asks. 

Tallyho, 
    The Universe


Seth Godin

Frequency: You decide! | Subscribe: HereVibe: Out-of-the-box Thinking

One of my favorite authors (Linchpin) Seth sends very quick thoughtful, thought-provoking nuggets. It's the sort of thing that you can sit to ponder in the morning, and that you need to hear before you start your day.

That good good. A sample email:

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Day traders rarely make history

The short-term stuff is pretty easy to do well. Respond to incoming. Check it off your list. Next!

The long-term stuff, on the other hand, is so easy to postpone, because tomorrow always sounds promising. And so we might hesitate to define the next project, or look for a new job, or visualize something that breaks what we’re already used to.

Two thoughts:

a. Keep them separate. The best way to avoid long-term work is to be exposed to juicy short-term urgencies.

b. Hesitate before spending your most alert and dedicated work time on the short-term tasks.

Day trading might be fun, but we can do better.
— Seth Godin

The Skimm

Frequency: Daily | Subscribe: Here | Vibe: Informed

Possibly the most popular mailing list on here, The Skimm has been around for a while, and is a daily e-mail newsletter that gives you 'everything you need to start your day'. They do the reading for you and break down the latest news and information, so you can 'skimm' and be up to date on relevant topics. 

I love it because I don't read the news - which is a conscious decision on my part that I'll save for another time.

That good good. A sample email:

QUOTE OF THE DAY
”‘The Devil Wears Prada’ is a great, great movie” — A Green Bay Packers player. Apparently the whole team loves rom-coms. That’s all.

THE STORY
Yesterday, China’s stock market called in sick and stopped trading for the second time this week.

GIMME SOME BACKGROUND.
The Chinese stock market was riding high for a while. Then over the summer, it crashed thanks to investor concerns over an economic slowdown in the country. Things got so bad that the gov. decided to devalue China’s currency to make exports cheaper. But it just made things worse. Strike yuan. Then this week, a new measure went into effect that let China halt trading when the market reached a low point. That apparently also made things worse. Strike two. Now, China’s reversing that measure.

WHY DO THINGS KEEP GETTING WORSE?
Because these SOS measures aren’t working, and are instead making investors feel anxious about China’s economy. Cue a major sell-off this week, and a global market freak-out. US markets had their worst four-day start to a year. Ever. Cheers.
theSKIMM
China — the world’s second largest economy — has been going through a bad phase that shows no signs of ending. Not good for global markets’ 2016 resolution to stay afloat.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT...
Syria. Yesterday, Syria agreed to send humanitarian aid into the town of Madaya, where more than 30,000 people are facing starvation. Reminder: the Syrian civil war — a deadly fight between pro-government forces and rebel forces — has been going on for almost five years. And it doesn’t help that a little thing called ISIS has been popping up across the country. The town of Madaya is held by rebel forces, which is why last year Syrian President Assad sent his people to block it off from resources. In the past few months, videos have surfaced of people starving inside the town, and more than 20 people have reportedly died of starvation. The videos got the attention of the international community, and now humanitarian aid is on the way. But the war is far from over, so the announcement is only a temporary fix.

Are there any emails you love getting? Or that really add value? Comment below, I would love to know more (and so would others I'm sure!) Also if you have any podcasts, you know I would LOVE to hear 'em!

Happy Friday, babes. Welcome to January! I'm in the same workout clothes I've been in for way to long and need to SHOWER. 

Talk soon! xx

Krista

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