I know January felt like a very long month for most of y’all. Here, though, Sara didn’t fly back to England until the 13th. The first half of the month felt like “late-December”, so only the last half of the month was January. I’m pretty sure the secret to January is that it needs to be just two weeks long!I’ve been taking these daily photos pretty much forever; and still, every single month when I compile them into a single view, I am awed – and often delighted – by the story they tell. I see books and knitting (of course), but also connection, growth, stillness, joy, and love. It’s for sure too soon to tell, but I wonder how Choose will start to show up in these monthly collages?
Last year I started a more intentional Looking Back practice and this year I’m building on that with Emily P. Freeman’s The Next Right Thing Guided Journal. Expect to read more about it as I get more into it – there are seasonal, monthly, and weekly prompts. This month, I’m going easy with gratitude, energy, and happy!
A Gratitude List: Sara’s visit. tennis. puzzles! (I lost track of how many she worked while she was here, and Marc and I worked two after she left) blue skies. watching the amaryllis grow. my new mug. my new(ish) word. knitting (socks). signs of spring. longer days. …and a new iPhone!
Life Giving: connecting over FaceTime/Zoom to share celebrations (Jan 20!), that amaryllis (I swear it gets taller every day and it inspires me), Saturday snacks, Charlie & Sam In Real Life, getting outside, knitting (socks).
Life Draining: the news (I can’t imagine I will ever forget playing bananagrams with Sara on the afternoon of January 6 while we watched CNN). This is a new kind of list for me to make (I don’t like to focus on “negative stuff”). TBD how this/I grow with the prompt.
A Happy List (things read, listened to, watched, and made): I just updated my book journal for January (y’all I read ten books. and THREE of them were five stars) so I’m going to save the reading for a separate post (tomorrow?!). What I listened to is a lot of books and a little podcasts (and none of them of them new) and … watched – Ted Lasso. also, The Repair Shop. made … five socks and a sweaterSara said she’d love to have some mis-matched socks. I knit up the leftovers from socks I knit for my mom last year. That pair on the right is for a friend in place of a prayer shawl. She texted me a photo of her feet in the socks and I am sure the prayers were well-placed. and hopefully soon, answered.
I’m really intrigued by these new monthly prompts. I’d love to know where you found life giving energy this past month. or maybe where you found happiness with a new “watch”? (Marc and I watch a LOT … all shares welcome 😉 )