This time between Christmas and the New Year has turned into the perfect little winter rest. Nick had a few days off from work, we let Grace play preschool hooky for the week, and welp… baby Nick, Clark and I live on a very flexible schedule that revolves around naps and snack time. And laundry. But mostly snack time.
We’ve been hiding out (but not really, because everyone knows we’re here) down the Cape, watching the birds. And eating soup. Hanging up some artwork and setting up a basement gym. Reading my favorite Wendell Berry poem and resting. Binge-watching Super Store once the kids are in bed. Coloring and playing trains. Trying to perfect my recycling system. Hunkering down and staying in.
The largest part of me is an optimist and is fed by hope. But there’s that tiny part of me that is cynical and practical and maybe even a little wary. So I’m grateful for this week, this winter rest, both because it seems like the perfect end to an imperfect year… and because I know that time like this will give me a deeper well to draw from in the future.
That favorite poem I mentioned (you can hear Wendell Berry read it here) starts like this, “When despair for the world grows in me…”
And it ends like this, “For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”
So that’s where I will be until 2017. Resting.
Also On Tap for Today:
- Spending a few hours at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History before it closes for the winter
- 5 heart-opening yoga poses for the new year from mindbodygreen
- Performing a very scientific experiment involving a waffle maker + cinnamon rolls
How do you keep your well of sanity/balance/happiness/gratitude/Cheez-Its full (or at least, not empty)?
Hello from the other siiiiiide of New Year’s Eve.
(For the record: Now that we’re nearing a month of newborn-related sleep deprivation, everything I say and do is the funniest thing ever… to me, at least. It would seem my siblings feel differently. Either that or their phones are broken in such a way that they cannot reply to my hilarious bitmoji texts.)
January goals and a printable calendar
Materials used: Micron pen (black 01), Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pens, Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolors, random craft paint (acrylic), good old Microsoft Word (for the calendar table)
My questionable comedienne status aside, it is New Year’s Day and I’ve got January goals and a printable calendar to share with you. Rather than setting year-long resolutions, I’m sticking to monthly goals and intentions. Mostly because I can barely imagine what tomorrow will bring, let alone how many days I can deprive myself of Diet Coke come November.
The calendar is a part of a larger goal I have to both make and share more art. Please feel free to share, download and print as you like. Consider it a gift to offset the un-funny Adele joke above. And unless I completely space out, I’ll draw and paint a new calendar for you on the first of each month.
click here to download your free, printable January calendar
Here are the rest of my January goals, semi-organized for your reading pleasure.
- Celebrate Grace’s 2nd birthday in style (…whatever that means)
- 2 trips to the children’s library
- Photograph Grace and (baby) Nick and send out New Year’s cards/birth announcements (we sort of missed the boat on Christmas cards)
- Listen to Serial with (adult) Nick each week (Nerdtown, USA: Population of 2)
- Schedule doctor’s and dentist’s and vet’s appointments for the beginning of the year
- Get back in the workout groove (after being cleared to exercise at my six week postpartum check-up) and share weekly round-ups for accountability and motivation
Drink fewer than 600 Diet Cokes a week
- Wear FitBit every day (this feels like a do-able precursor to setting a daily step or sleep goal)
- Set aside 10 minutes each day to make something (and make peace with the fact that these “somethings” will likely take days or weeks to be finished products)
Throw out, recycle or donate everything
- Make a list of specific spaces in our condo to tackle and start chipping away at the decluttering
- Hire a new housecleaner (we parted ways with ours in December, and I am not an especially talented duster… and let’s just say, both are evident)
- Participate in Apartment Therapy’s January Cure
- Join a new parish (this is sort of major, and in the works — we love our current parish, but will be moving to one in our own neighborhood this year)
- Participate in at least one of my fitness group’s social activities (the group has monthly birthday parties for kids, a mom’s night out, recipe swaps, etc.) rather than ducking out right after the workout, as I’ve done in the past #awkwardfaceemoji
- Share at least one friend’s blog post or project per week
Here’s to a productive, happy, healthy, sort-of-hilarious month.
Also On Tap for Today:
What’s On Tap for your January?