Before we all left for the holidays, I signed up for The January Cure. For a while there I even considered participating, maybe blogging about the whole thing. And then I forgot all about it.
My first email arrived yesterday, with the first assignment: make a list of the things that need to be fixed, cleaned, and organized in each room of your house. But after a hectic Christmas and an even more hectic few months, I can’t say that the Cure looked as good in my inbox as I thought it might.
Resolutions? Sure. Plans? Yes. Dreams? Always. But right now I’m not feeling very good about checklists.
2013 was so busy, I’m left with the desire to both slow down and speed up — to focus. Focus on reading, focus on writing, focus on my health and my happiness, and focus on making this the best year yet. That doesn’t mean anything will really ease up — I’m sure I’ll still be busy. I just want to be more deliberate about the things I choose to take up the time. And, most of all, I want to be more deliberate about balancing the things that nurture my ambition with the things that nurture my soul.
So that piece of trim by the door that’s come undone? It can wait. The closets? They’ll get there eventually. The holiday weight? It’ll come off. But none of it has to happen this month.
January is a new start. It’s beautiful, and hopeful, and I love the freshness of it, that everything has been scrubbed clean. But that freshness will fade, and the life that takes its place won’t be perfect. It will be ours, with mistakes made and lessons learned, and it will be better every day. We will be better every day, because a lot of what makes us better will be the dirt that takes the place of the clean.
A lot of what makes life worth living rises from that dirt — just look at this guy. So who wants to be perfect? I’d so much rather be surprised.
This is it you guys! Our very last giveaway. And this is it for me too. We’ll see if I’m able to stay all the way away, I might check in here and there… and I’ll definitely be over on Instagram. But – officially – I’ll be taking the next week off to spend a little more time with family and friends.
Merry Christmas Eve!! I’ll see you all in 2014. xoxo
Can somebody win this one for me please? Because it’s pretty great. Today Lexy is giving away a gorgeous Son of A Sailor Necklace from Amelia AND a Walnut Animal Society Doll of your choice. Something for mom and baby (or just mom if baby happens to be way more into the toys of the superhero and Skylander variety these days.
… I totally want the fox with the Pendleton bow tie, just so you know).
These might not be the best gingersnaps in the world. The truth is I can’t really say. I’m as biased as they come.
I’m biased because growing up, my grandma always (ALWAYS) kept a batch of these in her freezer, and every time I’d come over (which was all the time… I could walk to my grandparents’ house from my own) I’d sneak into the container for a cookie… and I tell you, to this day I’m not even the biggest fan of the gingersnap in theory… but you put that guy in the freezer for a while and I’m sold.
Even now, making this recipe from a worn out old handwritten card I inherited when my grandma passed away, it’s all I can do not to think about how great those fresh out of the oven cookies would be with some ice cream. They just have to be cold.
That is, when I’m not thinking about the person who wrote that card…
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