50 Things That Improved My Life In 2020, The Year of Chaos

They’ll probably improve yours too

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Image by the author. #15 (drawing) is shown above. Drawing helps the brain make connections it otherwise wouldn’t.

50. Cutting out critically acclaimed films

49. Writing poetry on wine corks

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Image by the author. These say (from left to right) “Well, red wine season is finally upon us,” “Jack’s lemon broke,” “Dermot [Kennedy] Day!”, “Just a Wednesday,” and “One year ago we were in Paris.”

48. Kiwis

47. Answering Phone Calls

46. Coach Tony’s Guide to Configuring Your iPhone

45. Buying More Physical Books and Actively Reading Them.

43. Ephesians 6:12

42. This AirBnb in Cookeville, TN

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41. Buying flowers

40. My nephews

39. Baths

38. Asking for help on everything

“The smallest indivisible human unit is two people, not one. One is a fiction.”

— Tony Kushner

37. Trello

36. Mushroom coffee

35. Socially distanced dinners

34. Big Moleskine notebooks

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Image by the author. (Is it too meta to put your brainstorm for a post IN the post?)

33. Chewy pet delivery

32. Away (The television show)

“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: Entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end.”

— Stan Lee

31. The Song “Bones” by Maren Morris and Hozier

30. Nick Wolney (Like… the whole guy)

29. Astara

28. Putting Stickers on Things

27. Office Depot Highlighters

26. A Logitech webcam

25. The Farewell (Movie)

24. John Mayer’s Instagram

23. Making emails fun again

22. Jojo Rabbit (Movie)

21. JOMO!

20. Publisher Rocket

19. Getting a coach

18. Binaural Beats

17. Paying off my credit card debt

16. This quote by Eric Thomas

“Sacrifices lead. Gains follow.”

15. Drawing

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14. Etymology app

“I don’t love chess… I can’t be obsessed enough to win it all.”

13. Eating Sauerkraut for breakfast

12. Rescuing a kitten

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11. iPhone shortcuts

10. Being convinced that bike locks should be illegal

9. Buying a desktop computer

8. Limits to Growth (Book)

7. Responding to people via video

6. Austin Kleon’s Books (All of Them)

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5. Hiring a Bookkeeper

4. Running

3. Getting fired

2. My marriage

1. This Could Be Our Future

Final thoughts

An optimist who writes. www.toddbrison.com/infinite-ideas

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