Hooray! I can put up my new calendar today! Never mind that I ordered it in November when Shutterfly was offering a deal for free ones. I love turning the page on a calendar and I like New Year’s Day. While I struggle with changes outside of my control, a new year feels fresh, hopeful, and promising. I get to start over on my attempt to read 20,000 pages in a year and I can dabble in my resolutions like writing a draft of that book inside my head and learning to play the ukulele that I was gifted for Christmas. If you know anyone who teaches this beautiful instrument let me know – so far I’ve got one chord under my belt.
Here are some of my other favorite things this month. Happy New Year! May 2018 bring beautiful things your way.
1. The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel by Nina George
I read this book over the holidays. Compassionate to grief and a clever application of how books soothe the soul. I highly recommend it to anyone who delights in the power of story.
I’m turning over a new leaf and trying to cut my vanilla latte habit. This is going to be hard – maybe you can help hold me accountable. I’m switching to tea instead. I’ve been told this is the best there is. Hoping this turns into a new favorite thing.
My birthday is coming up! I like having a birthday that closely follows Christmas. It gives me something to look forward to after the post-holiday let down. Not sure how I’ll celebrate, but I rest in gratitude for another year around the sun.
Oh, thank you for asking! What’s on my birthday list? Here’s a few ideas.
A Rabbit Original Lever Corkscrew , Ukulele for Beginners: How to Play Ukulele in Easy-to-Follow Steps or most things from J.Crew
I also want someone to send me a box of wine from Wine Awesomeness. Because really, wine in the mail? How awesome.
4. T-Shirts with Dogs on Them
I didn’t realize that I’ve sorta got a collection of t-shirts with dogs starting in my closet. My momma gave me this one for Christmas. I also like this one and hope to grow my odd collection.
5. Write it Out
New year – a new place to capture your beautiful thinking. If you want to start a journaling practice in the new year, I recommend these great tools.
Moleskine Classic Notebook and these pens with this coffee.
Shoot, I forgot I now drink tea. I recommend this tea.
Katie, You are just the cutest! You make me smile, and you make me think, and you remind me to be grateful! Thank you for your beautiful blog…and thank you for continuing to write! Love you! Happy New Year! Mary
We can jam on ukuleles now!