Welcome to 2020, everyone! If you’ve been celebrating holidays during the last few weeks or so, I hope you’ve enjoyed them and experienced great joy and happiness. If you haven’t celebrated yet (or don’t celebrate), I hope the last few weeks of 2019 treated you well.
As we settle into these first days of 2020, I’ve enjoyed time to reflect, relax, and recharge. Some of our readers may recall that my company (otherwise known as the “day job”) has been undergoing a merger since July of 2018. One of the changes was a decision to close our company between Christmas and New Year’s Day. This year, we closed early on Dec. 21st and re-opened on January 2nd! By adding two personal days, I enjoyed eleven delightful weekdays away the office. While it took some restraint, I managed not to logon and only checked email briefly (I was working on a promotion for a member of my team, and was quite excited to keep that moving). The timing of this break was perfect, as it really provided ample opportunity for those reflect, relax, and recharge activities!
Those two weeks were full of firsts – including my first axe-throwing adventure (I will not be your main protection during the zombie apocalypse, but I have enthusiasm), as well as my first snowmobiling excursion. Both were AWESOMELY fun times, and earned top recommendations from me. These activities, combined with family time and plenty of naps, provided the recharge and relax opportunities I so desperately needed by the time December rolled in.
Our writers’ group wished one of our members a temporary goodbye as she snowbirds south to Florida for the winter. *sniffle* We had a lovely couple of writing sessions together before she left, and got to see her well-polished manuscript in printed form! She’s doing a final read-through before she shops it seriously to agents, and we’re so very excited for her. Her novel is exquisite and we’re all looking forward to her future publication date. (Just putting that positivity out into the ether!) Seeing her hard work in print form encouraged me to reflect on my writing and writing goals. No epiphanies yet, but I’m feeling enthusiastic about the coming year, and the writing activities I hope to weave throughout.
As the first (partial) week of January comes to a close, I’ve turned my mind to setting my intention for the year. Resolutions still are not my thing, but I’ve enjoyed setting intentions, and plan to continue that this year. What should I chose, though? Mindful? Focused? Purposeful? It’s so hard to decide! (Clearly, “decisive” should also be considered.) The next few weeks will see more reflection as consider my options and, hopefully, the right word will make itself known by the end of the month.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope this year brings you health, joy, and opportunity. Mwah!