Happy second day of 2016! I hope you’re enjoying these early days of fresh starts and clean slates, perhaps having already packed up your holiday merriment or, if you’re like our family, still enjoying a simple celebration of the twelve days of Christmas (we’ll keep our tree up until Epiphany).
Either way, I love this time of year. Yes, the upcoming months can be a bit dreary, but I’m always a fan of newly-sharpened pencils, blank journals, lighting new candles, and clearing the cobwebs of my mind. A new year gives me just the right excuse.
I’m currently working on this year’s State of the Blog post, a post I’ve enjoyed writing several years now in early January. If you’d like a refresher before I hit publish on 2016’s, here’s last year’s, where many of you left the most encouraging, insightful comments that still keep me going. (I may or may not have reread them throughout the year.)
Here are great reads around the web to help give your new year an encouraging start. If you enjoyed our New Year’s Eve reflection questions and New Year goal-setting questions, you’ll probably enjoy these, too.
• How to destroy procrastination: “Fire your perfectionism and your procrastination will quit too.” -from Ann Voskamp
• 10 things you’re going to get right this year: “A list to remind you of all the awesomeness you usher into your family just by being your regular, imperfect self.” -from Jamie Martin
• The 2016 Reading Challenge: “Devoted readers and aspiring readers: this list is for you if you love to read (or want to read more) but don’t believe reading is a competitive sport. If you need structure in choosing your books but don’t want to be pinned down. If you want to stretch a bit instead of forever reading the same author/genre/plot line.” (I’ll share my book choices for this year’s reading challenge this month in my newsletter.) -from Anne Bogel
• 4 motivating TED talks to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions: “Some 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only about 8 percent of us achieve them.” It’s from last year, but it’s still good. -from Kim Lachance Shandrow
• How a do-nothing day changed my life: “Recently I heard someone say if you want to see where your priorities really lie, look at two things: your calendar and your bank statement.” -from Hilary Barnett
• My Morning Routine: If you’d like to make better use of your time, this weekly-updated blog might inspire you—one person at a time shares what they do to start their days.
Happy weekend! I’ll see you here on Tuesday.
“Something is going to come out of this. Something new. This can end you up in a whole new place—a better place, a much more open place.” -Pema Chodron