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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Post Christmas Intermission

Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash

Hello dear readers,

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

We greatly enjoyed ourselves. We slept late, opened a few gifts, then played games and ate delicious food all day. It was a perfect, cozy Christmas. We were able to talk to some family who live on the other coast and set up our new aquarium.

I'm really excited about getting fish. I believe having an aquarium in the house will be a huge benefit to us. Not only is it calming and a learning opportunity for all of us, but we are also making an aquaponics system. Basically, we are creating a closed system where the fish help fertilize plants as the plants feed the fish. We've been wanting to try this technique out for a while as an option to have an herb garden indoors.

Honestly, I love this time of year. If we are lucky, we are able to take a small pause between Christmas and New Years. I know this isn't the case for everyone, just like many people travel and are away from home on Christmas. But, it is an important time for my family to take a big breath and just enjoy this moment. We play games and build Lego sets. I usually clean up the kitchen to include the new gadgets and knickknacks I received to add to it this year.

This is a huge time of reflection for me. I really look at what I want to accomplish in the next year and figure out how to get there. It amazes me how much of my struggle comes from getting in my own way. I need to shovel the path by setting intentions and clearing out the clutter.

I've been looking at some old writings and systems that I've pushed aside and evolved, yet I am still hanging onto those ideas. I don't know why. I don't need that stuff anymore, it is no longer useful. Some is worth keeping to remember a particular thought or moment, but most of it is just collecting dust -- agitating my mind and work space. It's time to let all of that go so I can get out of my own way and really accomplish what I set out to do.

What do you need to get rid of this season to make way for the next?

I encourage you to think about it. That change is not necessarily anything big either, just the little things. In many ways, it's the habits you change that matter as much or more than the physical items. Get up a little earlier to start the day awake and ready. Journal or meditate before checking emails. Make your coffee at home to reduce you spending and sugar intake. Throw away the cheap pens and get some nice ones. Change that boring item sitting somewhere in your life to one that will make you smile. Print out some pictures and spruce up your work space.

Pay attention to the flow of your area, especially in the kitchen and where you work. Make sure you have what you need where you need it. Make your tools easy to get to and easy to put away. Recycle all the discarded ideas, broken tools and go through that pile you have been meaning to for forever. My goal in life is to keep a flat surface clean. I'll tell you, I haven't done it yet, but it is an aspiration that keeps me actively going through my backlogs.

It's the day after Christmas, you made it! First, it is time for a deep breath -- in through the nose, out through the mouth.

Now readers, it's time for the rest of your life. Make it a good one.

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