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To be perfectly honest, I’ve been struggling the past few weeks. I got sick, my kids got sick, then it was Christmas, and that was followed by a family emergency. I feel a bit like I’ve dropped the ball and haven’t been able to pick it back up. I haven’t been able to go back to the unrelenting schedule I was maintaining or regain the sense of urgency I had. This is probably due to the physical, mental, and emotional fatigue the last several weeks brought, but it’s still a bit dismaying.
My response has been to drink a lot more hot chocolate than normal, do more sitting, and start reading for fun again. Now I know what you’re thinking: “Wow. She’s a genius.” I know. And for the sake of efficiency, I’ve decided to capitalize on my brilliance and turn those things into my New Year’s resolutions. Also, the hot chocolate thing wasn’t actually my idea. Apparently Blake Lively starts every morning with a cup of hot chocolate. So, she’s probably even more of a genius than I am.
But in all seriousness, slowing down has been really nice. I’ve started to really loathe words like “efficiency” and “progress.” People throw them around like the point of life is to optimize and maximize efficiency all the while giving their listeners the impression that they are always making astonishing progress in every aspect of their lives. And it seems to me that that’s not what any of this is about. The hot chocolate in the mornings and sitting down with cups of tea throughout the day has been really comforting. And reading for fun has been lovely. It makes me feel like I’m using my brain for something other than trying to remember the day of the week and whether we’re running low on toilet paper.
I realize I’m late to the Liane Moriarty party, but if you are too, I’d definitely recommend giving her a try. Her writing is entertaining and stimulating. She writes primarily about women and she does it with feeling, compassion, and insight. So far I’ve read Three Wishes and The Husband’s Secret (and naturally I’ve seen Big Little Lies). If you’re looking for something thrilling and tragic, go for The Husband’s Secret. If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, try out Three Wishes. It explores the lives of triplet sisters and their relationships with each other.
What are your New Year’s resolutions? And what have you been reading?