I’ll admit: I almost didn’t publish this list because much of it’s personal (although not necessarily private) and I also am having a hard time finding my mojo since I’m about to leave for a month of training. In the training environment, my time will not be my own, so my list will essentially be on hold for the first five weeks of the year. Not the best way to start off a resolutions list for 2019, huh?
I put together an “18 for 2018” list at the beginning of the year and did not do a great job of reviewing my progress. I sat down this week to see how I did and was pleasantly surprised!
I’m making a “19 for 2019” list now and am coming up a few items short. I have not yet decided if I’ll push myself to get to 19 or leave it as is. The symmetry of 19 things for 2019 appeals to me, but I am practical enough to avoid adding things I am not invested in to my list.
My husband Dan and I love to watch Shark Tank. If you haven’t seen the show, the premise is that entrepreneurs pitch their businesses and ask for investments from the five successful celebrity “sharks.” Every show glorifies hard work, the hustle, and the American dream: that if you sacrifice enough and put in enough hours, you can achieve anything.
It’s a wonderful notion. But is it true for everyone?
Taking a page from Emily P. Freeman and writing about what I learned this month.
1. I will probably spend the next year or two sick. I used to think I had a great immune system, and then I had two kids. It turns out, my immune system is nothing spectacular; I just had not been exposed to the germs that pervade children’s spaces on a regular basis. I spent the first half of 2018 sick and frustrated, and never had I been more grateful for summer. When I caught two colds from my one-year-old in the month of September, I threw up my hands and resigned myself to my fate. I got my flu shot, I wash my hands like crazy, and I open the windows like a mad woman. But there is only so much I can do.
Right now, it’s tempting to turn off the radio, television, and internet news alerts altogether and hide under a rock. I get it! In 2018, there is no nuance, civil discourse, or middle ground, it seems. Yet I also believe it is important to stay informed.
Like most millennials, I consume the news digitally (We’ve actually never had a paper newspaper subscription!). I’ve chosen to subscribe to several email newsletters that arrive in my inbox every weekday.
Taking a page from Emily P. Freeman's What We Learned, a chance to pause to reflect on the past season before we move ahead into the future. The sharings are silly, serious, sacred, and just plain useful.
1. Scalp care is as important as hair care.
I jumped on the dry shampoo train this past year, and I have loved the time it has saved me blow drying my hair. What I haven't loved? The feeling of buildup of dry shampoo near my scalp. I began to question if dry shampoo was for me. I sweat a lot in my exercises classes, and I thought I was prone to dandruff, which typically means you need to wash more often, not less.
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