What a time to be alive.
End end of the year is full of feeling. I find myself looking back at the past few years feeling satisfied and proud, wondering what-if, staring strong at situations I could have been better in. I find myself looking forward with excitement, anticipation, hopeful plans and fingers crossed.
Today we’re in the in-between. It feels like the end is the beginning.
I hope you have the luxury to spend this day doing things that make you feel settled and full. I’m grateful that you spend some time here. Enjoy this day, ok? I appreciate you very much.
Here are a few links for reading:
• Erica Garner, who became an activist after her father’s death, dies. Please know who she was and what she was fighting for. It’s important for all of us.
• We’re all pulling together our resolutions for the coming year, but I also really love an intentional look back. From The Art of Simple, see: New Years Eve Reflection Questions. I’m going to pen + paper + coffee the answers this morning.
• One thing I enjoy about the end of a year is all of the compilations of things we’ve done, for better or worse. I enjoyed this poetic transcription of our last year from the New Yorker: Our Year In Poems.
• Now is as good a time as any to think about our money. Here’s this: How I Saved 30 Percent of My Income in 2017. The bullet about automating savings withdraws into a separate savings account has really helped me save in the last few years! I’ve also gone through all the little things I’m automatically charged for on a monthly basis (Netflix and the like) and cancelled the ones I’m not getting real use out of.
• A very important cold weather beverage: Coconut Curry Hot Chocolate.
• Here’s How To Build A Skin Care Routine. Paramount is actually taking the time to do all of the washing and toning and seruming and moisturizing. Follow up article should be: How To Not Be Lazy Past 8pm.
• Did you know that Instagram is a Dating Platform? Full disclosure: WAIT -WHAT? Ain’t nobody tryna slide up in my DMs thank goodness.
• Today I’m making this cake and I fully plan to enjoy at least four slices: The Kitchy Kitchen’s Crackle Cake.
• Cozy times ahead. I wear a lot of men’s clothing and I love a classic + kinda retro fleece.
• If you’re in New Orleans, Pastry Chef Lisa Marie is having a fantastic King Cake Pop Up next week on January 6th. We are very fortunate humans.
Happy New Year to you and yours! Be well, ssdgm, have a wonderful night tonight!