I love looking at houses that are all decked out for Christmas. That’s one of the upsides of paging through all the old December magazines I’ve kept! (Or the randomness: I’m now obsessed with a feature called “Camp Christmas” from the December 2016 Better Homes & Gardens…).
Actually decorating my own house is a different matter, but this year things are happening. High on the list: getting what I have been calling “a fancy tree.” This is in addition to the regular (live) tree bedecked with ornaments collected and made through the ages. The (artificial) fancy tree has frosted needles and a matching collection of vintage-looking ornaments. It is spectacular. Even Sassy the Elf had to hide there the first morning it was up!
Speaking of frosted needles, I’ve been seeing the real thing out in the yard. Already this year there’s been more snow than basically all of last year, though none of it has stuck. The other morning I turned on the fire in my office fireplace while the snow was blowing outside and felt very content about this winter thing.
(I am sure I will be over it by mid-January.)
On the topic of January…Still need to set some goals for 2024? Next Tuesday, December 12th, my podcast co-host Sarah will be leading a goal setting workshop via Zoom for members of the Best of Both Worlds Patreon community. There is still time to join before that workshop!
Membership is $9/month. That gets you access to our active discussion forum, plus our monthly online meet-ups. Here’s the curriculum for what we’ll be covering in those meet-ups in 2024:
January: Habit symposium
February: Book club pick #1
March: Personal style
April: Career conundrums
May: Book club pick #2
June: Division of labor
July: Off – instead of a Zoom, we’ll release a video with Ask Me Anything questions for members
August: Book club pick #3
September: Time blocking, task management, and email
October: All things meal-planning!
November: Book club pick #4
December: Annual goal setting workshop
It should be a fun year! I hope to see some new faces (+ the familiar ones I love) on the Zoom session on Tuesday (here’s the link to join).
In other news: I also discussed goals on the Before Breakfast podcast with episodes on how to “Make space for goal setting” and that “This is resolution preseason.” Treating December as a time to practice any New Year’s resolutions vastly increases the chances that they stick!
I also recorded an episode called “Someday you’ll be telling this story.” I am a big believer in what I call radical but rational optimism. When going through tough times, it might be possible to tell yourself that someday you’ll be telling this story, and these complications now are just making the plot better on the way to the triumphant conclusion.