Soul over Ego, Lemony Snicket, It’s so Dark, & Ghost Town Living (Find Something Cool)

Soul over Ego, Lemony Snicket, It’s so Dark, & Ghost Town Living

Soul over Ego, Lemony Snicket, It’s so Dark, & Ghost Town Living (Find Something Cool)

At a glance:

  • ☁️ Thinking: Soul over Ego
  • 📕 Reading: Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket
  • 🎧 Listening: It’s so Dark by Jayne Sugg
  • 📹 Watching: Ghost Town Living
  • ⚡️ Bonus: A Small List of Knowable Things

Hi makers,

This week has been great. Jayne and I took a rare trip uptown on Saturday night and walked around The Met. Since it was late and 5 degrees outside, no one else was crazy enough to leave their house. We basically had the entire museum to ourselves.

It was my first time visiting, and it did not disappoint. My favorite was the Rodin sculptures from the “The Gates of Hell” series based on Dante’s Divine Comedy. Pictured above is the ever-iconic ‘The Thinker’.

In other news..

I released a new podcast that has gotten a ton of great feedback. I interviewed Dr. Kristin Neff about how creators can find self-compassion in their work. It’s a topic that I (and most creators) struggle with. You can listen here!

Okay, lets get to the cool things I found this week:


☁️ Thinking: Soul over Ego

This idea feels like the entire game of life.

Ego is your mind on auto-pilot. It drives you toward the sources that it thinks will help you survive.

For me, status, safety, or respect are common feelings that my ego tends to carry me toward. It believes that if these things are captured then I can finally be loved, secure, and liked.

This false perception is born from my insecurities. If I always feed my egos' hunger, I will end up believing I lack these things forever. Stopping this cycle requires turning away from ego and look toward my soul.

Choosing what is good for your soul is a rebellious act. It’s turning auto-pilot off and taking the wheel of your life.

It’s remembering that you are loved, secure, and liked without qualifiers. If your soul is cared for, the rest takes care of itself.


📕 Reading: Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket was one of my favorite book series growing up. It’s a fun, dark, and entertaining story about 3 siblings trying to understand the mysterious death of their parents, all while avoiding the horror’s of the evil Count Olaf.

My sister-in-law surprised me with a brand new book by Mr. Snicket this Christmas, and it has nothing to do with those 3 orphans. It’s a book of... philosophy?

In a strange way, it feels like the author grew up with his audience. Those who read ASOUE as kids will love Poison for Breakfast. It’s written in the same tone and style but primarily touches on the strange nature of being human.

I would highly recommend giving it a shot, especially if you grew up reading about the Baudelaire’s.


🎵 Listening: It’s so Dark by Jayne Sugg

My wife Jayne is an incredible writer and singer. In any given day, I hear her effortlessly come up with 2-3 melodies and lyrics that could become billboard hits.

Needless to say, She can write a jam.

Over the past 10 months she bravely set out to record some of her songs and I’m so incredibly proud of her.

It’s so Dark is the first of many that she’ll be releasing, and I’ve been jamming non-stop. Go listen for yourself here.


📹 Watching: Ghost Town Living

I am new to the vlog world. Last summer I became obsessed with Casey videos 5 years after everyone else did.

Ghost Town Living offers a similar (although much less intense) feeling while watching. Long story short, this guy purchased an entire abandoned town a few hours outside of Los Angeles. It used to be one the biggest silver mining hubs in the US, and now it’s completely abandoned.

I’m only two episodes in, but I’ve found it really enjoyable and relaxing to watch. There is something refreshing about someone pursuing a project that isn’t digital, scaleable, or even practical.

It’s just... fun. We all could use more projects like that.

Check out the first episode here.


⚡️ Bonus: A small list of knowable things

Can describing how to water a plant make you cry? I didn’t think so, until I read this.

Thanks for the tip, Josh.


That’s all I have to share this week. Take some time to disconnect and make something cool this weekend.

See you on Monday with a new podcast.

-Alex