The 51st. The Happy Mixed Bag, December Edition

Published: December 27, 2020

The 51st Edition of Briefing Notes

Every issue of Briefing Notes is theme-centered, except for when it’s not.😊 In the course of doing the research for this publication (and happily going down many rabbit holes), I often run into stuff I’d like to share with you. But they don’t always align with our official themes here. Hence, The Mixed Bag edition, as this one is!

In the spirit of 🎅🏻, only happy links below!

  • Every time a girl is born in this Indian village, 111 trees are planted. Some years ago, the former leader of Piplantri, a small village in Rajasthan, India, lost his daughter when she was very young. This made him want to do something that would cherish the life of each girl child born. He came up with the initiative in which 111 trees are planted to celebrate the birth of each girl born in the village. And since 2006, villagers have been planting trees in the village’s grazing commons under this initiative.
  • These American cities will pay you $10K to move there. 2020 made working remotely normal. This is great news for many workers. Remote working isn’t simply a temporary stop-gap measure for them. Rather, it is their preferred working arrangement. With many companies now embracing remote workers, it no longer matters whether or not we live in close proximity to our job. If that’s the case for you, what would it take for you to pack up your things and move elsewhere? A change of scenery? Rising costs of living? What about a $10,000 check? In America’s heartland, some cities and regions are offering people $10,000 to move into town.
  • Many years ago, I spent the most glorious of holidays in Quebec City, Canada and I’ve always wanted to do it again. Alas, it has remained a wish all these years. Then I saw this article. 😊 How to Pretend You’re in Quebec City Tonight.
  • The mind-blowing mathematics of snowflakes. “As the snow crystal falls through the clouds and the sky, it collects water—liquid, vapor, and solid, which upon exposure to differing levels of humidity and temperature, begins to build up as it spins downward in a theoretically unending variation of trajectories and conditions, eventually forming the branches or arms of the snow crystal that essentially prohibit identicality among fallen flakes.”


“Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular.”
— Robin Williams in Jack

We’re bringing back the Reader Shout Out segment in 2021. Have you got a project (a new podcast, a new website, a new product, service, artwork, what have you) that you would like to share with the Briefing Notes readers? Don’t be shy! No more hiding in 2021! Tell me all about it. Let’s support each other!


Season 5’s a wrap! That concludes a short series of conversations with some of my role models. I hope you found some nuggets of wisdom from these episodes. I certainly did!

Click here to review the 5 episodes and see which one you missed!

Next Up:

  • A Year-In-Review with yours truly, where I (wearing my podcast host hat) reflect on an extraordinary year, the unique conversations, and the takeaways. Air Date: December 31, 2020
  • A special episode to start the New Year with Dr. Nayla Bahri where we chat about how we’re planning for 2021 and approaching the year with equal parts diligence and hope. Air Date: January 7, 2021

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The next edition of Briefing Notes is going to come out on the first Sunday of 2021!

Oh my goodness. We made it, my friend. We survived this year — exhausted for sure, bruised perhaps, limping maybe — but otherwise intact and still moving forward.

I’ve enjoyed publishing Briefing Notes for you all year, for sure. But TBH, this has also been my (proverbial) lifesaver. It tethered me to what matters most for me, the work I want to do, and for whom.

Thank you for subscribing. For reading. For responding and sending me your thoughts. For the carafes of coffees you’ve subsidized.

I will be back in 2021 — which is to say, next week!

Here’s to a saner, safer, and altogether better new year.

Cool beans,
Lou Blaser

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A former management consultant and IT leader, Lou Blaser is the editor of Briefing Notes and the host of the Second Breaks podcast. She is also the author of Break Free: The Courage to Reinvent Yourself and Your career. Lou’s work is focused on helping experienced professionals navigate an evolving work landscape so they can continue their impact and relevance in a changing world.

The world of work is changing.

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