I love this time of year, the pause between Christmas and the New Year. I’ve been able to enjoy it throughout my life, as a kid, a student, staff at a University, and now that I’m self-employed.
It’s a wonderful time to reflect on the past and imagine the future while enjoying the present.
Of course, not everyone is so fortunate. Many of our “essential workers” are working long hours away from home and family. This time may not feel quite so special for them. My Bee has worked retail most of the time I’ve known him and he always has to work. He was lucky this year though with 24-26 off as well as 31-1: the benefits of stat holidays paired with a bit of luck and scheduling kindness.
Anyway, I’ve been taking it pretty easy. Giving myself some space and time to really consider what I’ve experienced and learned over these past 12 months, and what I’m interested in and curious about for the year to come. What do I want to keep? What do I want to give up? What do I want more/less of?
I’m thankful for this quiet time and space, this peace. I think I want more of that. I know I want more writing (less thinking about writing), more listening, less judging, more music, more creating. More courage, more kindness, more compassion. More love. Always more love.