Hey <<First Name>>,
I'm so glad to be out of the holidays!
It's always nice to get back into some sort of normal routine again. Now that we're just over a week into the new year, the world is starting to feel real again.
I used to be the type of person who set New Year Goals or Resolutions and dutifully wrote them in my planner. Other years I chose a "word of the year" to focus my days on.
This year, I'm doing it different yet again! I'm choosing to focus on habits, not goals or resolutions.
- If I can make it a habit of walking/biking to work in the mornings, then I will be happier because I've started my day with a little bit of exercise and maybe listened to 45 minutes of good podcasts.
- If I can make a habit of going to the gym just 2x a week, then I will have gotten good value out of my gym membership.
- If I can spend a little bit of time every day making something creative, then I'll no longer feel like the creative part of my brain is slowly vanishing.
- If I can make the effort to pack a lunch for work every day, then I won't have to settle for mediocre take-out sushi when my 1 PM hanger kicks in.
I'm keeping it low stakes this year! I have a feeling there are some surprises to come.
Recommended reading this month:
🔥By now, you've probably seen the How Millenials Became the Burnout Generation article by Anne Helen Petersen shared in many places on the internet, but I just can't stop thinking about it. I always thought of burnout as being a dramatic, climactic, table-flipping moment that ends in collapse and financial ruin. What I realized reading this article is that burnout can be a slow moving force that quietly creeps into every corner of your world. You don't realize it's there because you've gotten used to it and now it just feels normal.
🍪On a similar note, the rise of anxiety baking is also a piece I identified with. I've realized that taking up sewing and quilting over the past couple of years has been a helpful coping mechanism for tuning out my anxieties to focus in on a tedious, yet creative, task.
✅New year's resolutions from design leaders. Great ideas if you want some ideas on expanding your learning in 2019!
😂The comments section on Cup of Jo is always such an insightful and hilarious place. I'm glad they did a round-up of their best comments from 2018!
🤔An app for people who love Instagram but hate social media. I'm intrigued, aren't you?
👗Now that everyone has watched the Marie Kondo Tidying Up show on Netflix, I'd say it's a good time for us treasure hunters to hit up the thrift store.
Recommended Listening & Watching:
I started listening to the Love to Sew podcast while sewing (meta!), and I would recommend it for something to listen to while you're doing any type of creative work!
I started watching Downton Abbey before Christmas, now I'm on season 3 and wow, this show is amazing. Why didn't I watch it sooner?
If you read all the way to the end:
Reply to this email and tell me your new year's resolutions/goals/habits! I feel like two weeks into the new year is a way better time to think about these things rather than right away on January 1, it gives you time to catch your breath.
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