What I'm doing: Staying warm. Shoveling snow. Going to lots of basketball games. Paperwork, bookwork, and house cleaning.
What I'm resolving: I've had several profound experiences lately that have opened my eyes to the intentions of others. Simply by listening, my view has changed from one of judgement and resentment to one of understanding and compassion. Its amazing how often we jump to conclusions and damage relationships simply because we don't understand the other point of view. So this seems like a great resolution—to listen more and seek to understand the intentions of others.
I'm approaching the 40 mark in about 4 months and I should try to achieve some fitness goals and start a new decade feeling better than ever. Total non-commitment here but I'll work on it.
What I'm reading: I just finished reading the Outlander series. As in the whole entire 8 gigantic books series. It took me a year or something. Now I am looking forward to watching the series.
I am also listening to Essentialism. Some great ideas here. The last few day I've been trying to tackle my overwhelming to-do list by prioritizing just 3 tasks a day. I like it.
What I'm feeling guilty about: For the first year in a very long time I have failed to get Christmas Cards out. I haven't given up yet. You might get one by the end of 2017.
AND. I would like to do a better job of posting on this blog. I've missed the connection it gives me to all of you, and I'm not exactly sure why it has been a struggle to make it priority, other than the afore-mentioned to-do list. Blogging has changed significantly. I still enjoy reading (or skimming) a number of blogs, but there is less community because people (including me) rarely take the time to leave comments. That does make it difficult because feedback is motivating. Instagram and other platforms make communication easier and faster. I still believe blogging has a place for thoughts and stories that are more in depth. It is also an important marketing tool for my design business. As such, it is hard to know how personal to get on my blog.
Do I leave family posts for Facebook only?
How about Instagram? Should it be personal or more curated?
Should my blog just be about my house and design projects? Or do you like hearing about life on the farm?
I'm not the first to ask these questions, and while I know my blog and social media accounts are mine to do with what I want, I'd like to know what YOU think. I want to keep it genuine and meaningful. (Its no different than over-sharing in person, right? Its important to know who you are talking to so you can have relevant conversations.)
Overall I have struggled a bit with the pressure to always be connected online. Sometimes I feel like rejecting the concept entirely in favor of just living in the moment, but then later I feel disconnected. I think there is a balance to be found. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.
In other news... yesterday's weather: