What the hell is Andy Fossett doing now?

As of right now, Andy Fossett lives in Tokyo and spends most of his time working on GMB and teaching Taido.

🗓️ Here’s what’s up right now:

  • 🎧 Listening to: My 2021 album of the year is, without a doubt, Tubes by McBaise. Listen to the whole thing:

  • 📖 Reading: It’s been a mixed bag lately, picking up threads and dipping in according to interest and random thoughts. The main topics have been living a quality life, martial arts strategy, and of course, a ton of fiction, most of which wasn’t nearly as good as the newest Neal Stephenson book.
  • 🥋 Taido: Hamacho dojo has been on a roll lately, with a solid ten students who are really working hard and seem to be loving Taido and being part of the school. It doesn’t sound like much, but we’ve been forced to completely stop practicing together twice so far during the pandemic, and our activities outside training have also been extremely limited. It feels good to see that, once we’re able to bring in new students more regularly again, we’ll have a good group of senpai for them to look up to.
  • 📈 Work: 2021 was our best revenue year for the GMB, and it’s also the least I’ve worked since well before we started the company. We pushed through some barriers and finally got our product where we can feel really proud to be sharing it. Things have been more fun, and it all feels very positive and optimistic in a way it hadn’t for a couple of years.
  • 🧠 Thinking: Lately, I’m using the phrase “barbell strategy” a lot when I talk to people about the semi-paradoxical approach of looking at things from opposite angles. A barbell is heavy on both sides and thin in the middle, and I find I do best when I spend as little of my energy as possible on average, usual stuff. I still hit around average, which is my goal, but I get there by alternating wild swings both high above and far below the middle ground. When you think of it as “getting average results,” most people want to fool themselves that they’re aiming higher than that (they aren’t). When you remove the idea of needing to compare favorably to some invented expectation of average life, there’s more opportunities and fun in playing both sides of things and knowing you’ll still land somewhere comfortably, averagely OK.
Traditional xmas breaky at Denny's

Traditional xmas breaky at Denny’s – this pic has nothing to do with anything on this page… I just like eating at Denny’s.

🧰 Things I’m finding useful:

  • 👕 I ordered some fitted T-shirts from Son of a Tailor a few months ago, and I’m overall very happy with them. They ain’t cheap, but the fit is excellent, and they’re very comfy. This link gets you $20 off if you try them out.
  • 📓 The Girl and I have been writing every morning and evening together in our journals. I got her the 5 Minute Journal for Kids (I use the app version, but I also write freeform in a paper notebook) to build her habits and practice gratitude and consciousness / self-awareness.

✈️ Travel (is a thing again!)