My trip to Madrid was a trial in how to pack and what to pack. I managed to cram a lot of things into my bag and only just fit everything in, but it has given me experience of just what I need to take with me and what I don’t. Here’s a list of how things have changed in my bag this time around.
Malé is the capital city of the Maldives and is by far the most populous of the islands in the country. Around 100,000 people, a third of the population, cram themselves onto this 2km by 1.2km island. The island is so small that it’s only 3.5 miles to walk all the way around the island and it only took us 45 minutes to do so. As a consequence, the city is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Every conceivable parcel of land has been built on, right up the edges of the island.
One part of Lean In that resonated with me, and applies to both men and women is the discussion of imposter syndrome. This is the internal belief that you’re not good enough and that you’re just faking it and at some point you’ll discovered as the imposter you think you are. Success is often dismissed as luck, timing or due to the help of others. We see other people’s success and think we don’t measure up, but the problem with this thought is that we only see their outward success and don’t see their internal struggle and similar feelings of inadequacy. The problem is only made worse by gaining more experience, and rise through the ranks as you surround yourself by more and more qualified people; “do I really fit amongst these smart and skilled people?” you ask yourself.
I was sitting in Heathrow Airport, contemplating the 13-14 hour journey ahead of me to Malé in the Maldives, and the likelihood of my tablet’s remaining 60% of battery life making it that distance. In that instance, I did the unthinkable with my new minimalist lifestyle and decided to buy a book in case my use of the Kindle app meant that I could not read. The other advantage to a book over using Kindle was that I could read a book during the 15-20 minutes during take off and landing; with an hour long flight from Colombo to Malé that’s a large proportion not reading.
As part of my partner’s work here in the Maldives, she had to interview members of the Maldivian youth. As a result, yesterday morning, we took a speed boat out to Mahibadhoo, the capital of the Alifu Dhaalu Atoll, which is home to 2,800 people and about 90 minutes from Malé by boat.
I received an email today from Lift.do about their Quantified Diet Project. I’ve been meaning to write about Lift.do for a while, since I discovered the site from Tim Ferriss’ blog. Lift.do is an application for iPhone, Android as well as online, to provide daily motivation with various habits you want to form. They provide plans to allow you to build up your desired habit, with plans ranging from a simple daily reminder to check off to providing you with daily step by step plans to get you from the start to your goal.