Monthly Roundup

Happy 2018, everyone! December was quite the month, with a lot of exciting things happening – for me, Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. I’m re-naming my “Looking Forward/Back” series to “Monthly Roundup” at least until I think of a more creative title (ideas are welcome). December flew by, and here are some of the highlights and lessons, as well as what’s on my mind as we head into January.

Reading/Watching/Listening

  • I had bronchitis for the first two weeks of the month, so was able to do some major binge watching. I finally watched the first two seasons of The Leftovers. I am obsessed, and hate to think that I only have eight more episodes to watch before the series ends. Watch this now!
  • Someone recently recommended the Rich Roll Podcast and I am obsessing. It’s all about health, wellness, nutrition, fitness, leadership, mindfulness, and so on. It has been on for years, so I have a ton of episodes to enjoy in the coming months.
  • I recently posted a roundup of my twelve favorite books from 2017. In December I enjoyed quite a few Christmas-y books that were a lot of fun to read.

Experiencing/Learning/Living

  • I consider myself exceptionally good at ‘turning off’ when I’m on vacation, and this one was no exception. I had almost two weeks off, and I really enjoyed every minute – most of which were spent cooking, baking, reading, watching Christmas movies, and playing games with family. It was a blast, and when I arrived back at work on January 2nd, I was refreshed and ready to go.
  • My sister came home from Sedona Arizona for the holidays, and it was so wonderful. Our family is continue to grow and turn into a real ‘Modern Family’ and I’m all the better for it. I cherish time with all of them, but especially my sister who I don’t get to see as often as I would like. I’ll be out in AZ with her in less than two weeks and cannot wait!
  • My husband and I had the chance to spend the New Year weekend with our dear friends in Northern Virginia. It was the most relaxing NYE I’ve had in a long time, and helped kick-start what I think will be a great year, full of focusing on what is most important and letting go of what isn’t (read my 2018 intentions here).

Looking Ahead

  • January marks the start of an intense period for me, that will last until the end of June. I have a lot of travel, leading retreats and trainings, and events in the coming months, so I’ll need to double down on self-care and continuously book time for relaxation. I do well with intense periods of work, but will need at least a day or two each month with absolutely nothing.
  • I’m starting an intense new nutrition regimine this month, in the hopes of healing my digestive issues and body. I have high hopes for it, but know I’m going to need to put in a lot of effort to cook differently and do what I need to do. Many new dishes to come on Instagram!
  • I am excited to write more in 2018. I’ll be working on this blog more, doubling down on my Forbes work, submitting other articles, and trying to finish a novel I started back in late 2016. I am nervous, excited, and ready to go. My best friend Amanda over at CheapCourage.com has been exceptionally helpful in continuously helping me think about creating writing routines…and now I just have to do the work.

What were your highlights from December? What are you most looking forward to in January?

 

 

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