To: Briefing Notes Readers

Published: May 30, 2021

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 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!

We’ll be back to regular programming in the next issue.

  • Can we make our own luck? How can we best play the hand we’ve been dealt? Writer and psychologist Maria Konnikova looked to poker to find the answers (and wrote a book about it). “Poker makes you realize that you will never know everything, you will never know what cards the other people are holding, you will never know which card is coming next. And you still have to act, you still have to decide. And you have to figure out to the best of your abilities, what the best decision is, given that it’s going to be uncertain.” How to think under pressure.
  • “Dolce far niente”, a phrase made popular by Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love (or Julia Roberts, if you like), literally means the essence of doing nothing and enjoying it. “Nothingness is that pleasant experience of enjoying time go by, letting your thoughts take over.” Here’s this Italian concept as explained by Italians.
  • So much talk these days about the grand reopening and return to the workplace. I thought I’ve read it all. When came up with “What will we wear when we return to the office?“, I said, “Okay, I’ll bite.” I realized this is a more nuanced conversation than one might think at first glance. It touches on so many other stuff, like egalitarianism, equality, sexism, racism, ageism, and such. Are we going back to the pre-Covid professional look or did we learn enough during these past few months?
  • And speaking of great sociological experiments, have you heard of Clubhouse yet? Or more importantly, have you been invited in? Side note: Clubhouse reminds me of my younger years in NYC, standing in line, waiting to be picked and let in the cool clubs. #triggered 😂 Can Clubhouse keep the party going?


Dolce far niente is this sensation when you sit at a bar in an Italian village while you drink coffee and watch the passersby. Time slows and for half a second you admire life in its simplicity, and you only want to smile.” — Maria Vittoria from SimplyEcoNomads

I am dedicating this space for the bold and brave midlife BN readers 🧡 If you’ve got a project — a podcast, a new website, a product, service, artwork, etc. — that you’d like to get featured here, hit ‘reply’ and tell me about it. I would love to support you!


Work is due to start on the world’s first space hotel in low Earth orbit in 2025 – and it will come equipped with restaurants, a cinema, spa, and rooms for 400 people.

The Voyager Station, which can be operational by 2027, will be rotating to produce Moon-level artificial gravity. The hotel will include cruise-ship-like features: themed restaurants, a health spa, a cinema.

No details yet re what’s it going to cost to build the station — or the cost of spending a night in the hotel. But things are apparently getting cheaper in this arena due to the development of reusable launch vehicles.

You planning on booking a few nights? #inourlifetime​


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I’m putting together the rough editorial calendar for the 2nd half of the year (how in the world am I talking about the 2nd half of 2021 already?!?).

Though I’ve got a list of midlife topic obsessions that guide my research, I would love to hear from you, my reader friend. After all, I’m doing this for you too!

Kindly click the top 2 topics that you are most interested in from the list below.

Living healthy longer.

Getting bolder and wiser in midlife.

Redefining aging.

Midlife pivots and reinventions (career and life)

Starting a business in midlife.

Nothing happens when you click. I promise you won’t get on a special list and all of a sudden get a string of emails selling you something. It’ll simply inform my research and writing.

Best wishes for a productive and easeful week.

Cool beans,
Lou Blaser

Lou Blaser

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 exploring how to navigate, thrive, and turn midlife into the best phase in our life.

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