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Mike Wazowski

Mike Wazowski: the SHeL thief

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Stealing my theme blatantly from @Mad Hatter, I’m gonna try embracing Sisu, Hygge, and Lagom from the Scandinavian countries.

 

Bullet points about me for the new reader:

  • Semi-pro Ballroom and Latin dancer
  • Data nerd to pay the bills; recently moved into a new role and SO MUCH happier
  • Fitness (outside the studio) focuses are doing upper body, gymnastics-y work (read: playing with rings) and eating to get a bit leaner than I am currently (for both dance and vanity)
  • Have some habitual problems with getting to bed on time / generally making my rest time the most restful

 

To that end, I’m aiming for solidifying some spotty habits this go-around. And also fleshing out some habits I've been inspired to start from reading "Deep Work" by Cal Newport (great book, 10/10 would recommend to most people). On holiday til 09/16, so I'll start this stuff 09/16 or 09/17 (depending how energetic I feel after getting off the plane on 09/16).

 

Sisu: (Updated from MH's guidance) Basically, the idea of toughing out inconveniences to do the things you want to do in life, not getting stopped by adversity but instead figuring out ways around it. Basically, using this as an all-encompassing spot for doing the hard things I need to do that will lead to success, both at office work and on the dance floor:

 

  • Arrive at the office by 7 for a 7-9 am "Deep work" block of time (headphones on, coffee in hand, at computer without email or IM's open, focused on most important data and/or business case task); carve out a 2nd time block every day and ruthlessly prioritize so I'm out by 4:30 every day (3 on Fridays); in a nutshell, get the important crap done, be liberal with saying no to unimportant crap
  • Start every dance practice and class (taking or teaching) with the right mindset - I'm going to get critiques and be asked to do hard things, and that's good; put my phone on airplane mode (still using it for music); write a quick reflection in my notebook at the end to crystallize learnings
  • Do the conditioning needed for dance: 3x / week strength work every week (core / upper body, plus strengthening weak spots in the legs); foot strengthening drills 3x / week; foot stretches every day (usually in the evening, shift to morning on weekends)
  • Finish first data science micro masters course by the end of the challenge - I found a data science online "micro masters" from MIT (5 courses total, 1 course at a time, $300 / course - feels like about the right level of commitment for what I'm looking to do in terms of professional development right now) - first course wraps up sometime in Mid-October and I'm excited!

 

Hygge: (paraphrased from MH's thread, again, Scandis throat punch me if I messed it up) embracing the cozy and pleasant things in every day life. Using this as a catch all for building some relaxing rituals into my llife:

 

  • Light a candle every evening as part of daily wind-down ritual (will need to make a trip to Target for some unscented candles so I don't suffocate from burning tons of scented ones)
  • Pray / meditate / reflect by candlelight every evening - I really get clarity from slowing down and just being with my thoughts, but so rarely carve out time to do it - I want to make this a habit!
  • Read when I feel like it - trying to never force reading so it never feels like work, but I almost always enjoy it when I do crack open a book

 

Lagom: (according to SF) just the right amount of a thing. Using this as a category for getting the right amounts of body maintenance work, sleep, food, socialization, and distraction in my life:

 

  • Stretch and/or self-massage every evening - body feels way better when I do this on the regular, especially with adding more direct back work into my dancing (yay, body action!)
  • 7.5+ hours of sleep every night OR find time for a nap (mainly on the weekends) - again, this seems to be the right amount of sleep for me; only challenge here will be cutting off social time after dance practice if practice itself wraps up late
  • 2,500-2,700 cals / day, 120+ g protein, 300+ g carbs - this seems to be the right amount to train like crazy while still cutting; will adjust this as needed if cut is progressing quicker than expected (I haven't been following it well, so not 100% sure where the cutting / maintenance lines are these days); I've been hitting these numbers some days and it hasn't been too bad, just need to have good snacks around for when cravings strike late in the evening
  • 2-3 social things / week; 1+ small talk with someone every day - again, aiming for just the right amount of social time as I can get burnt out by too many social occasions, but too little and I start to feel like a lonely, grumpy hermit. Small talk especially is a good thing to goal-ify for me, I genuinely enjoy feeling more connected to co-workers and dance studio acquaintances but don't always go out of my way to connect

 

Alternative titles considered:

- Gettin’ hygge with it

- Live and lagom

- Havin' a SHeL of a good time!

(no, my jokes aren’t good)

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30 minutes ago, MikeW said:

Alternative titles considered:

- Gettin’ hygge with it

- Live and lagom

(no, my jokes aren’t good)

Cause they're great. 

Like seriously. Layered. Especially when you consider the words actually mean the opposite of the punned catchphrase. Don't sisu on your jokes, embrace them.

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As a native Scandinavian who knows exactly what Lagom means, I will follow this thread just to see if you will be the first non-Scandinavian ever to get it right. :P 

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9 hours ago, scalyfreak said:

As a native Scandinavian who knows exactly what Lagom means, I will follow this thread just to see if you will be the first non-Scandinavian ever to get it right. :P 

 

Doesn't it have something to do with living a balanced life?

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9 hours ago, scalyfreak said:

As a native Scandinavian who knows exactly what Lagom means, I will follow this thread just to see if you will be the first non-Scandinavian ever to get it right. :P 

 

So..... you aren't just going to tell us?

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9 minutes ago, Grumble said:

 

Doesn't it have something to do with living a balanced life?

 

If you use it in the context of a balanced life, probably, or if you are talking about concepts or lifestyles. The actual word "lagom" is an everyday word that's used for lots and lots of things.

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Just now, Jord said:

 

So..... you aren't just going to tell us?

 

Where's the fun in that? :rolleyes:
 

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If you look in a dictionary "lagom" is translated to the English word "moderate", and that may be literally true (sort of) but it's not the actual meaning of it. When you have a lagom amount of something, you have the exact right amount, no matter what that amount is. So if someone asks you how much creamer you want in your coffee, and you say "oh, just lagom, thanks" you want "not too much, but not too little either". And everyone who grew up with lagom would put the correct amount of creamer in your coffee, no matter how much coffee or how much creamer they're working with at the time.

 

 

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Yes the concept can be applied to most things, both on a macro and micro scale. 

 

Personally I don’t really like the English translation as it’s not taking account all the subtleties of lagom. I also find that moderate has this connotation of restriction in it, with lagom there’s no restriction, it’s just the correct, satisfying amount.

 

It’s also a fucking annoying answer. :D 

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14 minutes ago, scalyfreak said:

 

Where's the fun in that? :rolleyes:
 

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great, now I want to learn Scandanavian after I learn Italian.

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1 minute ago, Jord said:

 

great, now I want to learn Scandanavian after I learn Italian.

Not a language. :P Well sort of, in the Faroes they sometimes use an informal mishmash they call Scandinavian.

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15 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

Not a language. :P Well sort of, in the Faroes they sometimes use an informal mishmash they call Scandinavian.

 

Depends on who you ask. :P

 

I think Lagom exists in all Scandinavian languages, but please don't quote me on that as I am only a pseudo-expert in the one I grew up speaking, and not the other ones.

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26 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

Yes the concept can be applied to most things, both on a macro and micro scale. 

 

Personally I don’t really like the English translation as it’s not taking account all the subtleties of lagom. I also find that moderate has this connotation of restriction in it, with lagom there’s no restriction, it’s just the correct, satisfying amount.

 

It’s also a fucking annoying answer. :D 

 

Exactly! I agree on everything you said about how translating it into "moderate" just does not work.

 

In addition to being an annoying answer, trying to explain what Lagom means/is, to native English speakers who speak only English, can be both difficult and frustrating ;)

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3 minutes ago, scalyfreak said:

 

Depends on who you ask. :P

You. We asked you. S'what happens when you put yourself out there.

 

3 minutes ago, scalyfreak said:

I think Lagom exists in all Scandinavian languages, but please don't quote me on that as I am only a pseudo-expert in the one I grew up speaking, and not the other ones.

Too late. Quoted.

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2 minutes ago, scalyfreak said:

 

Your poor judgement in these matters is hardly my fault, now is it?

 

yet you still answered. What does that saying about your decision making skills?

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6 minutes ago, Grumble said:

 

yet you still answered. What does that saying about your decision making skills?

 

I reflexively answer almost all questions I can answer. Occupational hazard when your job is essentially to be a full time teacher.

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1 minute ago, scalyfreak said:

 

I reflexively answer almost all questions I can answer. Occupational hazard when your job is essentially to be a full time teacher.

 

I stand by my previous question. :D

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17 minutes ago, scalyfreak said:

 

Depends on who you ask. :P

 

I think Lagom exists in all Scandinavian languages, but please don't quote me on that as I am only a pseudo-expert in the one I grew up speaking, and not the other ones.

Ok Scandinavian is not an official language. ;)

 

A very quick pass in the google machine seems like it exists in Norwegian (though with a slightly different connotation than Swedish) but not Danish? 

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6 minutes ago, Grumble said:

 

I stand by my previous question. :D

 

Fair enough.

 

4 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

Ok Scandinavian is not an official language. ;)

 

A very quick pass in the google machine seems like it exists in Norwegian (though with a slightly different connotation than Swedish) but not Danish? 

 

I KNEW IT!! There IS something wrong with Danish!

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1 minute ago, Mad Hatter said:

Bwahaha actually that sounds pretty good. :D 

Seconded.

 

Also, noted on Scandi concepts - I definitely didn’t have lagom quite right, thankfully I have time to change which goals I put where and no one will ever know the difference!

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