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Boost Your Energy with These Futur Finds

Lifting up our spirits.

Friday brought us some beautiful weather here in Santa Monica, and it left us feeling pretty stoked. We want to pass this good mood onto you, so this week, we're focusing on ways to boost our energy levels. Whether that requires blasting some new tunes (Ricky's got a few in store for you all), or hearing an uplifting story, this week's Futur Finds have you covered.

Last week, we shared some resources to learn new skills online. If you missed out that email, click here to browse through last week's list.

Let's kick off a new week in good spirits with these picks:

Improve your sketching skills with the Weekly Design Challenge.

This week’s assignment

If you've ever wanted to amp up your sketching skills, check out the Weekly Design Challenge on Facebook. New prompts are given every Monday for designers new and old to improve their sketching.

Book of the week

Always Look On The Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle is an autobiography from one of several brilliant minds behind the acclaimed comedy team known as Monty Python.

Yukai Do, illustrator and animator, creates brightly colored, dreamlike worlds.

Instagram accounts to check out

  • Yukai Du (@yukai_du) is a London-based illustrator and animator whose work is truly captivating. Fill up your feed with her vibrant visuals and dream-like designs.
  • @billy_butterslax, AKA William Kelliher of Mastodon. Follow one of metal’s most innovative and talented guitarists as he shows you how to play the complex (and delightful) riffs from Mastodon’s best songs.
  • If you don't know about @sukiicat, then you need to follow this adorable, globe-trotting bengal as she and her human capture gorgeous shots from around the world.

Apps to install

  • CogniFit is the app that will give your brain a workout with scientifically-researched mind challenges and exercises that will test your logic and genius.
  • Power Nap is the app that will help you refresh and recharge, because sometimes the best way to replenish your energy level is with a good nap.

Listen while you work

Watch Building a Brand, our hit series on Youtube.

What to watch

  • Have you binged our hit series, Building a Brand, yet? Last summer, we pulled back the curtain to give our viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the brand identity process. Check out the trailer, and be sure to add the series to your watchlist!
  • Upload is a hilarious new comedy series on Prime Video about the digital afterlife. From the guy who brought you The Office and Parks and Recreation, this series is one you can't miss.

Move your body

Food to try this week

These meals are meant to give you sustained energy throughout the day:

And finally, a quote to keep in mind throughout the week

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." — Wayne Dyer