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“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.

It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.”

— Margaret Thatcher

Hello there! In our first dispatch of the new year, we're skipping the resolutions and taking a close look at what drives us. Especially the need to find importance beyond job titles, the urge to see others succeed, and our universal hope for a better future.


What do you see for yourself this year? As we set about pondering on goals and motivation, our wise teammate Lynn Fisher (who also illustrated the image above) said "The root of motivation is seeing the future, or a future...seeing a picture of how things could or should be and making it so."

It's fun to imagine what your life could be like, but where exactly does the energy and gumption to "make it so" come from? Undoubtedly everyone's motivations are different, but let's dig deeper into what lies at the root of your desire for change. Doing so just might help make those aspirations more approachable (we hope).


How to recover from 10 types of de-motivation

By Cath Duncan

This time of year, there's so much to read about motivation, but no one really talks about what causes motivation to dissipate. Cath addresses the common causes here, and how to combat them.


I accidentally learned something from high schoolers

by Eric Zanol

Not long ago, Eric had a chance to teach local high school students, and he came away from that week learning more about himself and a little something about our team.


How to do what you love, the right way

by Rian van der Merwe

Rian's thought-provoking and inspiring perspective on how to do what you love, utilizing the various platforms you already have in your life (yes, that includes the one you have at your job). 


Over to you

Your recent experiments & some of your favorite gifts

  • Paddy Foran experimented with becoming an adult by getting engaged! Congrats <3 <3 <3
  • The very talented Erin Anacker enjoys creating custom sketches for her loved ones: "For my best friend, I drew a caricature of her and her husband, then framed it in an old window pane I painted. For my husband, I drew a calendar of The Adventures of Andrew, chronicling a typical year (with a few ridiculous inside jokes). Drawing takes time and observation, so giving them something that was about me observing and noticing them felt really really good."
  • Nick Hehr is working to lower the barrier to entry for designers to contribute to open source projects with his open source design system for Cachet.
  • Stephen Rivas Jr. gave his daughter a fragment of a meteorite that landed in Argentina in the 1600s, wrapped in stainless steel and hung on a necklace, "I wanted to give her something to remember me by, that also inspired her to truly wonder what's out there, and maybe to look up at the stars and realize this once lived way out there with them. Hopefully, she'll feel connected and less alone that way - whenever my mutable state changes ;)"

What We're Doing



Where does your motivation come from? We'd love to hear about it and possibly share in a future dispatch (just reply to this email).

<&, your friendly neighborhood &yetis

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