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Stuff #86 - Again & Again

Looking at self-care, free e-books, the practical things that make you happy and introducing the Stuff Mixtape.

Matt Rutherford
Matt Rutherford
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Stuff #86 - Again & Again
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Hi from Dublin, I'm Matt...

I really miss mixtapes, the art of pulling together some favourite tracks for your friends or a loved one, carefully selected to make the mood. I must have made hundreds, even thousands in the past.

I've decided to that Summer 2022 is when I bring the mixtape back - so with today's newsletter, I'm launching the monthly Stuff Mix - I hope you love it as much as I enjoyed making it. Now might be the perfect time to hit 'play' on that...it's perfect for accompanying the mail!

Thank you for being a part of Stuff. If you received this email from an excellent friend, and would like to subscribe, please go here. If you'd like an archive of Stuff from the beginning of 2022 - it's here.

Onward with the Stuff that MattRs this week...
  1. Monday Motivation:   Let this week be the one that you implement more self-care in your routine.  Not the type where you go to a spa, or ensure you are hydrated, but some daily rituals that make you feel a little better.  It makes complete sense to focus on the small things that give you satisfaction
  2. Your new superpower:  Everyone gets rejected sometimes, the job you didn't get, the proposal that didn't land or the promotion you didn't quite make. This article has some great advice on how to reframe rejection.  Bonus video - Simon Sinek explains why you should also reframe 'failure'.
  3. Essential Reading: Science tells us that many jobs will be automated, find out if a 'robot' will take your job with this clever site.    If you think it might happen to you, here's some great advice on life-planning, to help you decide what might be next.
  4. Take care of yourself: Shift your vibe and make yourself happier, this article has sixty practical ways you can cheer yourself up.
  5. TWIL:  Mac Owners are 40 percent more likely to stay at a four- or five-star hotel compared to Windows users and Mac users are willing to spend as much as 30 percent more per night for hotel rooms than those who use PCs. Of course, travel sites have no idea what computer you are using.
  6. Music is the answer:  This clever little site plays you a custom mix of ambient sounds to reduce distractions.  Whilst this little one plays you a simple mix of lo-fi music to reduce anxiety and help focus.
  7. Read for free: Project Gutenberg has a library of over 60,000 free e-books.  Now you have no excuse to not use that Kindle.
  8. Right place, right time: The 2022 press photo of the year winners have been decided, view the gallery here - there are some outstanding photographs.
  9. Less Lamar, more Limahl:  Heardle is still great fun, but for older readers like me, maybe 90's Heardle is better.  Or even 80's Heardle.
  10. Finally:  Where did you park your spaceship?  Choose your vessel, choose your location.
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My aural stuff for you this week is the very first Stuff Mixtape - packed full of new and old bangers from my ears to yours.

There are some lesser-known disco classics, soul and funk classics alongside blissed out hip-hop and reggae. Everything is carefully selected to give maximum listening pleasure - enjoy!

Listen to Stuff Mixtape #1 on Spotify here. 
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If you ever need an Icebreaker for a meeting, check out The Questions: it's my free pile of random questions to kick start your conversations.

Stuff that someone said:

"My job is to be a DJ and make people dance so if people dance, I've done my job."   Jeff Mills

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