Huffing and Puffin Newsletter

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The Huffing and Puffin Newsletter is sent out every two weeks. Every issue contains links to stories about Running, Fitness, Inspiration, and anything else that catches my eye.

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2020 Past Issues

July 1: Stop Making it Worse

June 17: Focus on Actions, Not Outcomes

June 3: Start Where You Are

May 20: Review your BC (before Corona) To Do List

May 6: Show Up. Do Your Best

April 22: Who Are You When No One Can See You?

April 8: Rethink You Routines

March 25: Today is Someday

March 11: Control What is Controlable

February 26: The Art of the Imperfect Start

February 12: Are You A Productive Procrastinator?

January 29: In this issue: Uncomfortable things to do for yourself, thinking aloud, and being more likeable

January 15: Setting intentions for the new year and ways to stop overthinking

January 1: In this issue: Daily challenges for mental strength, speaking of yourself in the third person, and goals for high achievers

2019 Past Issues

December 11: In this issue: Getting your mojo back, finding your motivation, and decluttering your mind

November 27: In this issue: Small talk, feeling happier, and fear vs. procrastination

November 13: In this issue: Learning faster, getting out of a thought loop, and performing at your highest level

October 30: In this issue: Keeping procrastination productive, using Jane Eyre to improve your writing, and keeping the conversation flowing

October 16: In this issue: Breaking the negative ‘what if’ cycle, keeping a brag list, and talking to a rubber duck

October 2: In this issue: Telling people they are wrong, dealing with a tough day, and living a more stress-free life

September 18: In this issue: Feeling stuck, breaking through a mental block, and dealing with change

September 4: In this issue: Wake-up calls, tough love, and assessing your key areas of growth

August 21: In this issue: Maximizing your time, being a better introvert, and recognizing negative thoughts

August 7: In this issue: Being happy, choices you’ll regret, and saying the right thing during a crisis

July 24: In this issue: A mental workout, how to resist giving up, and a brutal truth about success

July 10: In this issue: Generating your own luck, being a good friend to yourself, and why you should just do it already

June 26: In this issue: Breaking through your limitations, training yourself to be creative, and changing the way you think

June 12: In this issue: Self-doubt, self- sabotage, and self-development

May 15: In this issue: dealing with unwarranted criticism, having an alter ego, and living on your terms.

May 1: In this issue: Turning off toxic thoughts, danger v. risk, and boosting your confidence after a set back

April 17: In this issue: Facing monster challenges, becoming who you want to be, and breaking out of a rut

April 3: In this issue: Finding your best self, recovering from a bad day, and what to do when life doesn’t go as planned.

March 20: In this issue: Using negative thinking, dealing with criticism, and lies you may unconsciously believe

March 6: In this issue: Getting your message across, how to not feel frantic, and how to have a fantastic day

February 20: In this issue: Generating your own luck, letting your mind wander, and how to KonMari your mind

February 6: In this issue: Stopping self-sabotage, stopping overthinking and moving past feeling stuck

January 23: In this issue: Organizing your day, preparing for the worst, and getting over a bad day

January 9: In this issue: How to minimize worrying, doing the work, and defining success for yourself

2018 Past Issues

December 26: In this issue: Making decisions faster, doing uncomfortable things, and being mentally strong

December 12: In this issue: Finding motivation, mental upgrades, how to ask for help without seeming incompetent

November 28: In this issue: Awakening your inner Sherlock, turning envy into action, and notes to self

November 14: In this issue: Considering who you want to be to change your habits, head trash, and creating space for boredom in your life

October 31: In this issue: Being courageous, easing perfectionism, and questions to ask yourself every morning

October 17: In this issue: Keeping your goals to yourself, benefits of drawing, and telling yourself a different story

October 3: In this issue: Setting 2018 goals now, how to be awesome, and how to come up with better ideas

September 19: In this issue: Using self-doubt, effective note-taking, and being bored

September 5: In this issue: Small acts of kindness, being less anxious of things you can’t control, and why there are no ‘right’ answers

August 22: In this issue: 20 Seconds of courage, being mentally strong, and taking charge of your emotions

August 8: In this issue: Sharpening your creative edge, gaining momentum, and goals v. systems

July 25: In this issue: Doing timeless things, solving problems using science, and documenting catastrophes

July 11: In this issue: Seeing a goal through, building extreme toughness, and why there is no such thing as motivation

June 27: In this issue: Truths to help you keep going, how to really listen, and running your own marathon

June 13: In this issue: Hard things, hard perspective shifts, and harsh truths

May 30: In this issue: Finding real confidence, why complaining is useless, and becoming extraordinary

May 16: In this issue: Taking action, being a better person, and quieting the negative voice in your head

May 2: In this issue: Talking to yourself, swearing during a workout, and journaling your failures

April 18: In this issue: Taking action, pulling yourself out of a slump, and succeeding at anything

April 4: In this issue: Normalizing being unhealthy, feeling empty after accomplishing a goal, and keeping your mouth shut

March 21: In this issue: Toxic thinking, knowing your values, and why motivation is overrated

March 7: In this issue: Making negativity work, journal prompts for self-reliance, and not taking things personally

February 21: In this issue: Destroying toxic habits, destroying your fear of success, and lies you shouldn’t waste time on

February 7: In this issue: Mastering your to-do list, not pushing your own buttons, and asking the right questions

January 24: In this issue: Being interesting, being bored, and how to not regret 2018

January 10: In this issue: Finding patience, stopping overthinking, and how to make journaling a habit in 2018

2017 Past Issues

December 27: In this issue: Having an adventurous year, standing in your own power, and why running is trivial

December 13: In this issue: Cultivating gratitude, living your dreams, and how to not punch people in the face

November 29: In this issue: Preventing overwhelm, a new way to accomplish your goals, and getting over being judged

November 15: In this issue: Habits of success people, habits of successful introverts, and getting over the fears holding you back

November 1: In this issue: Self-talk, increasing your confidence, and toxic behaviors

October 18: In this issue: Being the best version of you, preventing regrets, and keeping people from holding you back

October 4: In this issue: Being bored, designing the life you want, and doing hard things

September 20: In this issue: Changing your narrative, being unstoppable, and how overthinkers can get stuff done

September 6: In this issue: Journaling, getting from here to there, and using failure

August 23: In this issue: Embracing your inner weirdo, getting unstuck, and figuring out what story you are telling yourself

August 9: In this issue: keeping your cool, staying in your comfort zone, and freeing yourself from fears

July 26: In this issue: Being persuasive, avoiding bad advice, and talking to yourself

July 12: In this issue: Small talk, motivation killers, and why should suck at something

June 28: In this issue: Unleashing creativity, creating luck, and surefire ways to make yourself miserable

June 14: In this issue: Being interesting, being social, and stepping out of your comfort zone

May 31: Being unstoppable, being passionate, and taking responsibility for your life

May 17: How to be lucky, when you should compare yourself to others, and 5 seconds to change your life

May 3: Breaking momentum, living your dream, and tiny ways to not feel hopeless

April 19: Spring cleaning your habits, not trying to impress others, and fundamental truths

April 5: Journaling, busting ruts, and not setting large goals

March 22: Embracing the suck, focusing on your own life, and rekindling your excitement for life

March 8: Making the year epic, getting rid of mental clutter and the downside of positive thinking

February 22: Doing the unthinkable, being motivated by your problems and tough truths

February 8: Appreciating the small things, overcoming fears, and having a ‘jar of awesome’

January 25: Productive laziness, brutal lessons for happiness and decluttering your soul 

January 11: Taking life lessons from the Spice Girls, replacing bad habits with good ones, and what you should say to yourself more often.

2016 Past Issues

October 19: Core work, being good enough to try, and not giving up.

October 5: Uplifting songs, how exercise shapes you, and Icelandic folk songs. 

November 2: Keeping perspective, adding adventure, and the value of being useful.

November 16: Bucket lists, irritation, and glow blue bike trails.

November 30: Being your own fan, letting go of ‘shoulds,’ and enjoying the little things.

December 14: Why you are amazing, helping others and why you should stop trying

December 28: Sparking motivation, push-up modifications and starting your much-delayed project