Little Mountains

Good morning! Are you out there getting things done and crushing goals and all that motivational talk stuff? Or are you hiding under the covers? Or are you like me, somewhere in between?

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Don’t get me wrong,  I like getting things done and I like goals. I actually get TONS of things done all the time. I bet you do too. Climb every mountain and all that. But I have learned that I’m not the type that wants to climb Mount Everest. I like keeping work to a manageable amount. I get it done in bite-sized pieces. It makes life easier. 

Turns out I like to climb little mountains. 

I’m not exactly drowning in time, but getting up earlier and doing something towards your goals, whatever they happen to be, feels like a luxury. In the end I’m only actually giving myself an extra ten or fifteen minutes in the morning but - my goodness! - what a delightful fifteen minutes it is! 

I love it, and I hardly know what to do with myself and this precious non-rushed time. Greedy little me just eats it up. With a spoon. A nice big one too, not one of Prufrock’s sad little coffee spoons.

My Word for 2019

I've chosen a word every January 1st for the past seven (!) years and I can’t believe I just said that because I remember writing that first post like if it was yesterday.

Here they are so far:

2012: More

2013: Simplify

2014: Me

2015: Real

2016: Delight 

2017:  Power 

2018: Stellar

I really like that collection of words up there - it’s pretty amazing how they summarize the years when you look back at them. You’d think it would get harder to choose one after all this time, but not this year. This year, it was very easy.

This year, my word is CONNECTION, and here’s why:

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1. a relation between things or events

2. the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination

3. the state of being connected

4. the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication)

It’s a pretty self-explanatory word, nowhere near as flashy as last year’s, but I guess that’s the point. What I want to focus on in 2019 are connections: Nurturing them, making new ones, and more importantly, finding new ways to connect.

After two years (perhaps more, if I’m honest) of inward work, I feel ready to connect more with the world. I find myself more and more curious about other people and their stories, which is interesting after so much time as an introvert. (It shouldn’t come as a surprise that my Myers-Briggs type has alternated between INFP and ENFP ever since the first time I took the test in college.)

But of course, there’s more than the obvious connections with other people. I want to also focus on how I can help connect ideas and communities, as well as connect what’s inside with what’s on the outside. I’m not even sure how I’m going to accomplish that, but I have 365 days to do that.

If you chose a word for 2019, I’d love to know what it is. Please let me know below!

2018

2018, I was going to wish you good riddance but it turns out you weren’t a bad year after all. That’s pretty awesome. Thanks!


While I really could have used Mueller speeding the inevitable just a bit, I suppose this year has taught me patience and that the battle on that front is out of our hands at this point.

But regarding the things I could control or at least experience on my own, it was a very good year. My only regret is not writing more of it down. This is my humble attempt to make up for that.


I got to travel and show my kids more and more of the world, plus we spent a decent amount of time at the beach, which is always time well spent.

(Speaking of the kids, they are turning out to be incredible young men - I wish I could tell you more but I am sworn to secrecy and I may have already told you too much. )

I finally accepted that what I like is what I like, and that just because I can do something doesn’t mean I have to. Imagine that! What I like, by the way, is to create. So there will be more of that - and in order to create, I will have to feed my creativity as well. Just the thought of doing that puts a huge smile on my face.

I learned to let go of people and things and just stuff (but mostly people) that really didn’t fit with who I really am, or who were only here out of convenience. I appreciate the lessons learned there, and I’m really enjoying the shiny new space for the good in the world. There’s so much good out there!

I learned to reclaim my time (thank you, Aunt Maxine, ha!) and I’m still learning to be patient with myself and the world as things unfurl they way they do. No matter how much you stress about things, they kinda just happen they way they do. So there’s really no point in worrying about it.

It was a gorgeous year, indeed.