1. Morning walks. I love that where we live is so close to so many beautiful spots, with water and wildlife, a system of miles and miles of trails. I love walking them day after day, season after season, year after year, dog after dog.
2. Reading. At any given time, I am at minimum actively reading three books. Usually there’s one dharma book and one creativity book I read a chapter from each morning (currently it’s Radical Dharma and How to Tell a Story), and either a memoir or novel or essay/short story collection before I go to sleep (currently it’s The Overstory). Recently it’s been showing up on this list because I feel like I’m rediscovering just how much I love it, just how essential it is in my life.
3. Retreating with Calyx. I went into it with an open mind, with an intention, a loose plan, and some expectations for sure but also allowing for whatever might arise. We’d been talking about doing something like this together for a while. I got so much out of it, and now we are planning to do the same on a more regular basis. Of note from this time was reading Calyx passages from the book I’m working on. It felt good to have her hear it but I was also hearing it too, reminding myself that it matters, to keep going.
4. Spring. Wow. Things are really greening up, budding out and blooming. The only thing I’m sad about is there’s a chance that the trip we have planned to Oregon is going to happen at the same time my peonies are in bloom, and I would really hate to miss them.
5. My tiny family, tiny home, tiny life. I say it just about every week, but there’s really nowhere I’d rather be, no one I’d rather be with, and it’s everything I ever wanted.
Bonus joy: lunch plans with Carrie, making art with Calyx and Janice, plans to see Chloe’ and Hendrix, taking a walk with Barb, the hydromassage chair, the pool, the sauna, small group training with Shelby, bird song, birds at the feeder, bees, vaccines, smart phones, paint, berries, lemon yogurt almonds, listening to podcasts, true crime, music documentaries, online appointment scheduling, good vet care for Ringo, naps, food I didn’t have to cook, clean pajamas, pay day, therapy, reading in bed at night while Ringo and Eric sleep.
1. How the Pandemic Made Me Lose My Ambition. “There’s an illusion with work that everything you give up now, all the stolen time commuting, working overtime, checking your email and Slack notifications after hours, will somehow earn you freedom and capital in your later years. But the farce of “work hard now, play later” has been exposed for millennials and Gen-Zers; most of us will be working until we die. It’s hard to maintain your ambition in the face of that reality.”
3. One Good Thing: Conversations with strangers, which I missed so much. “But the camaraderie that comes from just being alive at this moment — having survived to this point, to be able to sit in a snowy bistro on 10th Avenue and bask in the kindness of strangers. To celebrate that we are here, both human, and to be alive together in this moment is a little bit of a miracle.”
8. Alice Walker Has ‘No Regrets’on The New York Times. “Walker has grappled with some of the thorniest issues of 20th-century America. She’s also taken troubling stances. She has now opened up and shared her diaries, giving readers a window into her life.”
15. How will I meet this?“When the world around us feels chaotic and out of control, we can feel as if we are walking in the wilderness, lost and alone. Where can we turn, what can we do to return to calm, peace & acceptance?”
16. I Lived the #VanLife. It Wasn’t Pretty. on The New York Times. “The writer Caity Weaver’s pursuit of the manifest destiny of the millennial generation ended up looking better in the photos.”
27. It’s a myth that suffering makes you stronger. “Suffering is not beautiful, nor is it a state of grace. But you can swim to the wreckage at the bottom and bring something back to the surface that can help others, says writer Lidia Yuknavitch.”
28. Closing Up Shop on a Marriage, from the Modern Love series on The New York Times. “When the last thing you share is your pharmacy rewards account.”
29. Statistics on Clutter That Will Blow Your Mind.“If you didn’t realize that there is a clutter problem, these statistics on clutter will help you see its pervasiveness. The statistics on clutter are shocking, but being informed can help us make better choices going forward.”