lessons from winter 2018/2019

lessons from winter 2018/2019

1 / My “rough first draft” is going to be very rough. It’s not that I didn’t believe other people when they called their first drafts “rough,” it’s just that my own in-progress first-draft is so much rougher and messier than I ever imagined it would be. Slowly, I am learning to be okay with this. The first step is to get the ideas out there, right?

2 / 10 degrees Fahrenheit isn’t really that cold. Just kidding! It is! But it has been so cold for so long this winter, that I have just gotten used to it. This doesn’t mean I am happy about it. Resigned to it, but not happy. So, perhaps the lesson is that one can get used to anything. Please, oh please, come soon, Spring!

3 / Kids that understand and are willing to follow the rules of card games are great. I love playing cards and board games. The boys are suddenly into UNO and only occasionally get upset about losing or having to draw four cards. This is a big step! We have played daily for the last week or more and it is the best.

4 / I can meal prep for my lunches at home! This had somehow never clicked before. Prepping lunches always seemed like something reserved for people who eat lunch outside their home. But it’s not, of course. I made a big sheet pan full of roasted vegetables, two boxes of roasted red pepper quinoa and some chicken tikka masala last Sunday. I divided everything into five containers and have been so, so enjoying my delicious and healthy lunches this week. I will definitely continue this life hack.

5 / I will read even without a reading goal. I am so thankful for this lesson. After two years of diligent reading to meet a reading goal of a certain number of books, I didn’t set one this year. I was nervous about how it would go - particularly if it would mean that I read less. Happily, I have maintained my reading rate of a book a week thus far into 2019.

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