What I Learned In November

This is is part of my live-learning series! I will be updating this post as I continue through my journey. I apologize for any grammatical errors or incoherent thoughts. This is a practice to help me share things that are valuable without falling apart from the pressure of perfection. 

These images may not mean much to you but they mean a lot to me!

This is the first time I’ve been able to automatically chart out my mood using Speak.

The graph you see shows my mood throughout the month of November.

It’s taken a lot of time to see this much stability in my own life. Even when some times are chaotic.

A few interesting things:

This is a word cloud of the people in my notes on my happiest day in November. It was when I was back home in London surrounded by family, friends, and my two dogs for my sister’s birthday.

I’ve included a table of the words and phrases I used on the lowest mood score (49) and a relatively higher score (57). You can see a pretty stark contrast already.

I am now more aware of the language I am using in different states. I continue to build my personal library that I can use as indicators I am trending in a positive or negative direction so I can foster growth and avoid downward spirals.

I’ve also been doing a lot more tagging in my system to identify the important factors and events in my life.

Importance of factors/events in my life:

Some example of factors that seem to be positive ones:

1. Showers

2. Visiting family

3. Being in London, Ontario

Some example of factors/events that seem to be negative:

1. Sunday afternoons

2. Venture Capital pitches

3. Breakups


Doing the word cloud and seeing all the people (and dogs) that were mentioned on my most positive day.

Track my mood with my software platform Speak Ai with an objective mood score using the DSM scale.

I can often get a weekend lull where I feel a bit depressed and anxious. This seems to happen Sunday afternoons. I’ve had one other person say they have the same thing occur. While Sunday is my favourite day it seems like they are also my most stressful.

I can easily improve my mood with a shower, some self-care, some music and incense. Psilocybin and marijuana help too.

I’m putting a lot of stress on myself to be productive at all times. I need to allow myself to take time for rest, relationships and healing.

Things I’m Monitoring

It seems like the early darkness at night has an impact. I’m interested in the Sunday afternoons.


I learned a lot this month about how to set this up for success. There are still some gaps. But, now with a system in place of capturing, tagging, objective mood scores, analysis and more, I believe I will be able to continue to identify and harness these insights.

I hope at some point I can help others too. 

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