|The Good Stuff:|
Like at the end of twenty-eighteen the look back at twenty-nineteen reveals some good, some bad, and a bunch of stuff in-between.
One of the biggest boons of twenty-nineteen has to be the transition into working from home. While I do occasionally miss the camaraderie of office mates, I do not miss the hassle, hustle-bustle of the daily commute. I relish in the time, energy gained not spending 3 hours (round trip) door-to-door in-transit. It has been a, in a word, lifesaver.
At the beginning of 2019 I began a 'tip' jar practice which as you can see, is barely filled. Still, as I reflect on the practice I'm convinced it is a good idea despite my not having kept pace throughout the year. I know when I read the notes on those slips of paper I will be reminded of people, events, music and more that lifted me then and will serve to live me beyond. For twenty-twenty I shall move the location of the jar toward making it and the idea behind it even more present in my day-to-day. If there is a resolution to be had, it is to be resolute in daily practices (like the tip jar) toward the greater good.
Speaking of daily practices, today marks day 90 of me having sketched in my sketchbook. Thanks to programs like Inktober, Pencilvember, Drawcember, and the up coming, 30 day sketchbook challenge (aren't there 31 days in January??--uh hmm) I have been duly prompted to put pen, pencil, or chalk to paper and eek out an image. I eagerly await the January prompts which will be delivered by email each day. My mind is spinning over re-working some of the sketches, developing others beyond sketch mode, and continued to develop skills and advance the craft.
I don't have any grand plans for twenty-twenty beyond putting one foot in front of the other toward striving to survive and working for the greater good for myself, my son and daughter, community, and world at large.
Come to think of it, that plan is pretty grand.
Cheers! Happy New Year!