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Time To Welcome 2019!

Am I the only one who gets a bit of a thrill in putting up the new calendar? I also enjoy taking a few minutes and looking back at the old one, seeing all the happy (and sometimes sad) times the previous year gave us.  

Last night, my husband and I welcomed the New year while at a gathering of friends, enjoying good food and playing board games. The boys each did their own things as well. It’d been a few years since we had a New Year’s Eve where we went out. Okay, I know I’m using the term “out” liberally…no fancy dining and dancing but still not at home in pajamas.

Our New Year’s Eve fit so well with my word of the year for 2018. We usually do stay home but I embraced going out. And had lots of fun doing it.

Shall I just confess? I loved my word last year! Usually, the word of the year fades for me by summer. Remembered only in late December. This time, the word, embrace, stayed put whispering suggestions to me from the back of my mind.

Embracing 2018:

The winter doldrums? Ugh. No, just embrace this part of the year. Cozy blankets and reading books. Hot tea. Enjoy.

Easy enough to embrace the good stuff. Yet my word would whisper to me…just embrace this stage of teenage moods (as a certain child brought me to tears with sharp words in the ways only teenagers can utter them. I gave my mom the same grief but oh, it’s painful on the parent end!). It shall pass.

Bad moods? The end of the year melancholy (Yes, it showed up on my doorstep right on time Sunday afternoon)? Embrace it. Let it wash over you. Accept it. Let it go.

I suppose you could say I embraced 2018 right up until the last-minute. Did I do it perfectly? No. Did I have to pause and remember? Yes. Did I sometimes forget? Yes. However, the word worked well and served its purpose.

So well, I almost used it again for my word of the year for 2019. There’s not a law against using the same word twice. So tempting but I have a new word for 2019. Revealing it in tomorrow’s post.

The Journey Through January

Trying something new this year and looking back at the end of each month to see what I embraced.

Remember, my word of the year? Embrace!

First, an amazing quote:

Just yesterday, this quote jumped out at me on Pinterest. Fits the month and the new year perfectly. And, contains my word! 

Other Things I embraced in January (and so far this winter):

Reading! I crossed two books off my list of 18 books I plan to read in 2018! And I have The Glass Castle (another one from the list) waiting on my newest pile of library books.

After Christine from So Domestically Challenged mentioned Good Reads to me, I went ahead and made an account. Feel free to look me up and friend me if you can figure out how it works. I’ve found it so useful to log my reading progress as well as track books I want to read.


Reading under a blanket with a cup of hot tea beside me helped get me through some super cold January days. 


I post my bird-watching adventures each Saturday (occasionally, it takes until Sunday). This old/new hobby has certainly brought a lot of joy to me already this year. You can view my latest bird-watching post here.

Watching Too Much TV and Playing Games On My Phone!

Already watched Doctor Who, Humans, and Colony. Next up season 2 of The Magicians I’m still enjoying my time playing Animal Crossings Pocket Camp. Even discovered a friend of mine also plays it and now we’re not only real friends but pretend friends as well!  It gives me a great outlet when all the boys (husband included) are busy with their own electronics.

Being at home, pajamas, sleeping!

Things I still struggle to embrace….cooking dinner, being sick, back-talking teenagers, and cleaning.  Sometimes, the weather.


What things did you find to enjoy in January?


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