Happy new year!

January 2, 2022

Hi! I've spent the past few days in a furious cycle of decluttering our home and doing absolutely nothing on the couch. Glorious. Rinse and repeat. :) I love this period of the year the most where all sense of time is lost and there really isn't anything to do. I hope your holiday was well spent and as cozy as it could be.

Now, sharing some random bits I've consumed or saved over the past few weeks...

New year goals: I love this "away/toward" framework for thinking about new year's resolutions. Although I don't believe in grandiose new year's resolutions, especially after such an exhausting past two years, it still felt good to jot down a few very low-key "goals" for the new year in my Notes app. One of them is to meditate every day. I've found that my headaches magically go away each time I meditate. I guess this is a thing because Calm has an entire meditation series for headaches and migraines.

The art of quitting: I came across this essay on quitting by Ruby Tandoh thanks to the High Low Podcast, whose backlog I've been devouring over the break. Her writing is beautiful, and this bit resonated:

"When so little is within your control...quitting is the last juncture at which you can shore up your sense of yourself as a real, living, dreaming person. A machine never quits: if you can be defiant, you can feel alive.”

Creating vs. consuming: One of my goals this year is to create more than I consume. Posting (or, more likely, cross-posting) content on my own site rather than Instagram is one way I'm hoping I can stick to this goal. So far I've written and practiced sketching/drawing more than ever before (just for fun, not really for public consumption -- plus, my drawings are awful), so I hope this will continue. I've also developed a pretty tight regimen for myself as far as social media habits and hygiene goes; I'll plan to share how I'm approaching things in a future post in case it's helpful.

Doodle therapy: Speaking of creating, I've loved watching the very talented (and internet friend) Alice Lee's YouTube series with Adobe called "Doodle Therapy." It's a soothing program that is just the way it sounds.

A sweet rug: A truly random find but - I don't have a kid but if I did, I'd 100% get them this adorable washable seashell rug.

Naming colors: Thanks to this tweet, I went down a rabbit hole of 19th-century nomenclature of colors. I've always appreciated the naming of colors (Essie's colors especially are a real TREAT), so this was a fun one.

So! many! new! books: For my birthday, my one wish was to visit a local bookstore and pick up as many books as I could carry. I ended up buying Matrix by Lauren Groff, Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead, A Burning by Megha Majumdar, Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim, and My Body by Emily Ratajkowski. That should last for...a good few months, right? I'm also currently reading and almost done with Intimacies by Katie Kitamura and The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune, both very good and very different types of reads.

A more sustainable shave: I've shared that I recently switched to this sustainable razor and haven't looked back. Now, I'm looking to switch to this sustainable shave bar soap, too.

Digital decluttering: Over the break, I decluttered and organized my entire Dropbox, then moved onto my Bookmarks folder (yikes - what a mess), and finally did some tidying up of my home screen on my phone to maximize calm and good habits, while minimizing notifications and social media. I love the new "widgets" feature on iOS that lets you customize your screen into buckets and zones. Here's what mine looks like now:

Ahhh. Zen.

And finally, a tweet that made me laugh. SO true.

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