One of my goals for this year is all about developing a more robust “looking back” practice. I’ve been looking back through the lens of these daily photos for years and I love this part! It never fails when I put this collage together that I remember something good that happened, see how many days we really did have blue skies, and notice something about the changing seasons (the days are noticeably longer now). I haven’t been so good, though, about practicing the reflecting piece and for sure the part about figuring out what to leave behind or work on.
When I shared my last OLW post for last year, I framed my reflections with ten questions that I thought might work just as well for one month. And … hummm… some of the questions are a little hard over just a one-month period! I tweaked a few and combined a few more … and some of the answers are work I need to do away from this space. In any event, I do think it’s a fine place to start!
1. What am I celebrating?
* all the time I spent with my family who are friends, including the debut of a cookbook club with my mom, Karen and Lydia and a movie/bookstore date with Katie and the boys
2. What worked well? what didn’t?
* using my calendar to track what I’m reading and knitting each day, and using one of the monthly planning page (each month is a column with entries for each day) to record finished books and knitting projects. It makes it really easy to look back and see when I started and finished something.
* my email inbox – I’m struggling to keep up with it and it bothers me. ditto Feedly.
3. What were the best conversations?
* with my mom, Karen and Lydia about our cookbook club
* with Katie about reading more, together
4. What was a discovery?
* The Lazy Genius Podcast
* Spotify’s Daily Mix playlists. I now have about five weeks of listening history. I’m really careful with doling out the ♥ … and it’s working. The Daily Mix lists are getting better and better!
5. What voices am I listening to?
* I have a crush on Pádraig Ó Tuama after listening to the first episode of his new podcast Poetry Unbound and the latest episode of On Being (I cannot even describe how much I love the reading he does toward the end – maybe 3 minutes left to go … I wish I knew how to snippet that little bit!).
6. What was the best thing I watched? read?
* Mrs. Maisel Season 3
* Sarah Bessey’s Out of Sorts
7. What am I leaving behind?
* Holly’s infection (thank goodness)
* setting unrealistic expectations for myself and then being disappointed when I don’t measure up
8. What do I want to focus on in the month ahead?
* finding a rhythm with the things I want to do every day to be sure they get done (and balancing that with those unrealistic expectations!)
How about you? Is there something from your January you can share? I’d love to hear!