On what felt just like the 99th day of January 2023, I sat right down to evaluation my journal entries from the month. I haven’t saved up a journaling behavior like this in over a decade. This time, I set the bar low—write a sentence in regards to the day and you may think about it “achieved”—and I feel that’s what made the behavior stick this time. On some days I wrote just a few phrases and on others, sentences poured out of me.
Right now I’m sharing a glance again at my month. Right here’s what January 2023 was like for me…
On the primary of January, I determine 2023 is the 12 months I need to doc my day-to-day in a extra detailed means. I need to be a greater historian of my very own life. I begin conserving a digital journal (utilizing the Day One app) that enables me to each write and add photographs.
On January 2, I write in my journal that as we speak seems like a take a look at. I’m being pulled again into outdated patterns of overthinking and avoiding. I discover this as a result of every thing feels actually heavy and troublesome. My thoughts is loud, however I determine to maintain transferring ahead anyway (which occurs to be my mantra for 2023).
On the third, I’ve a microneedling appointment. My face is crimson for the rest of the day.
On the fourth, we get a huge quantity of snow. I attempt to embrace the magic.
That is the month I announce that I’m transferring additional into the inside design area with content on Wit & Delight. I begin providing consulting appointments. There’s a lot assist from our viewers, which feels superb, though a way of impostor syndrome creeps up anyway.
This month, we transfer Bennett into her personal room. She claims the guest room for herself and is so happy with the change.
We have now household meals collectively on the eating desk extra usually. I make tacos one night time and the youngsters love them. They haven’t actually preferred something I’ve cooked shortly and it makes me so pleased.
In the course of the month, I begin having actually bizarre desires. I take care of a number of panic assaults. I start studying the e-book Flow, and it fully blows my thoughts.
Spending time with associates is a precedence all month lengthy. For one such event, I make a extremely nice pearl onion tart that solely requires 5 components (the recipe is from French Country Cooking by Mimi Thorisson). I instantly comprehend it’s one thing I’ll make many times. I additionally be taught among the best life hacks: to make your salad dressing in an nearly empty jar of Dijon mustard.
This month I notice one of many colours that appears nice on me is vibrant inexperienced. I by no means anticipated this, however I wholeheartedly embrace it.
On January 20, Joe and I drive up north for a cabin weekend with associates. We eat brined and braised pork shoulder with couscous, apricots, and fennel slaw. For dessert, we eat Basque cheesecake and drink fernet. We go antiquing and marvel on the extreme nature of Lake Superior within the winter.
On the twenty third, I can barely get away from bed. As soon as I lastly do, I determine to bike for fifteen minutes. It turns right into a forty-five-minute journey that adjustments the trajectory of my day.
I drink lots much less this month—solely when at dinners with others. I work out nearly each single day in some capability. For me, this isn’t about figuring out to vary my physique; it’s about figuring out to really feel higher emotionally. It feels actually good.
On the twenty fourth, I get my interval and notice my irritable nature of late doesn’t imply I’m an asshole—simply hormonal. The subsequent day, I apologize for what I stated once I was coping with PMS.
I’m scripting this publish on the finish of the final full week of January. This weekend, I’m having associates over for a raclette social gathering. It looks like the right exercise within the midst of a polar vortex! The solar is supposedly going to emerge once more within the coming days, which all the time seems like new beginnings to me. Right here’s to a contemporary begin in February.