Hi All -
A year ago I sat on the rooftop of my Athens hotel and composed the first issue of Chief of Stuff. After an intense summer in lockdown, I was feeling especially isolated and disconnected so I drafted an email to a small group of family and friends. It covered a mix of topics from the History of Tie-Dye to one of my favorite documentaries (Helvetica) and things that (still) make me laugh. At the time I didn’t know exactly what I wanted Chief of Stuff to be, but I knew that I wanted to write something refreshing and fun.
The origin of Chief of Stuff is derived from a nickname I earned a few years ago in my favorite job when I was Chief of Staff. I’ve been a human Swiss Army Knife for the better part of two decades and “STUFF” is really the only word that properly reflects the breadth of my knowledge and experience. With Chief of Stuff, I’ve been happily able to marry my joy of writing, exploration, and experience with a dash of humor, wit, and love to bring you articles that are interesting, inspiring, and fun.
One year in, the readership of Chief of Stuff has grown significantly and I’ve had the immense pleasure of covering a diverse range of topics from chili peppers and chocolate chips to digital collectibles and of course - crypto!
In honor of Chief of Stuff’s first birthday, here are a few fresh takes on STUFF that’s been covered in the past year:
On Sunday we had a rare Blue Moon in Aquarius. What’s a Blue Moon? I covered that in the October issue here.
Back in January, I talked about words that don’t have an English equivalent and I recently discovered there’s an entire directory online filled with them! Check out Eunoia. A new favorite word is Tsundoku, which is Japanese for the art of buying books and never reading them. I’m guilty of that!
In March, I covered changemaker and Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka here. She just launched a collab with Levi’s and it’s fab! I also loved the essay she penned for Time Magazine: “It’s Ok not to be Ok”.
My favorite hostess with the mostess, Ina Garten, released another playlist this time for Road Trips! You can’t go wrong with some 70’s nostalgia. Download it here and don’t miss her Dance Party playlist linked in June Stuff.
I recognize that it’s an enormous privilege to be in your inbox and I’m grateful that you’ve allowed me space to share my perspective. I’ve had a personally challenging year and your ongoing support, messages in response to each issue, and words of wisdom have meant more than you know. I continue to be inspired and look forward to sharing more great STUFF in the future!
Thank you again for reading!
P.S. Special thanks to Rachael Gan for capturing my essence! Check out her amazing artwork at https://www.rachaelgan.com/