Thoughts for 2015.

January 04, 2015

Here is a post that I have written and rewritten several times. It's difficult to summarize an entire year in one post. Still, I try.

2014 was a complicated and busy year. It was the year that my love and I returned to Chicago from a year in South Korea. How to adjust to that? Basically impossible, if you ask me. I started working for a foster care agency, helping children create therapeutic books about their lives. I like what I'm doing, for as long as it makes sense to do it. In 2014, we spent many late nights determining our priorities. It was a year of weddings and births of beautiful little babies. We shared wonderful moments with friends and family and took a trip to Pennsylvania and DC, despite our inner voices crying, "Don't do it, you're broke! It's impractical!" I think we tried our best to live adventurously. 2014 was also a year of pain and grief. Our mother's sweet dog became very ill and had to be put down. So many times I shook my head and shouted over the violence of my culture and the loss of so many young Black lives. I was reminded of my role in the fight for racial justice.

In 2014, I became interested in herbalism, aromatherapy, and the moon. I started making herbal tinctures and infusions. I gardened a bit. I took some steps toward taking photography more seriously. Ken Robinson gave me some things to think about, and Cheryl Strayed reminded me to be honest and compassionate, always. At the end of 2014, Dear Sugar became a podcast and my heart rejoiced. In December, we celebrated seven years of love and companionship.

There are some things I'd like to work on in 2015. I want to take more pictures, read more books, watch less Netflix. I'm going to work harder on my goal of writing more letters. I want to see if setting a morning routine will help me feel better and be more productive throughout the day (some great inspiration here). Often in winter, I feel sad and alone. Rather than resist, I'd like to celebrate this quiet season and try harder to meditate and reflect. I'd like to workout more regularly and do more yoga. I want to explore the things I'm interested in but at which some folks in my life might scoff, like gems and flower essences. I want to write more, by which I mean journaling, this blog, and other creative work. Most importantly, I'd like to work on harnessing positive energy rather than getting stuck in the negative << this is really hard sometimes >>.

Thank you to everyone who reads and comments on this blog. It is always a work in progress, and I am so grateful to those who inspire me to continue to share my photos and words in this space. Happy New Year!

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  1. Seems like you did more in 2014 to hone in on your well being than you're giving yourself credit for. Diving into herbalism, aromatherapy, the moon, making herbal tinctures and infusions, gardening, and taking photography more seriously are all big steps to your mental health. Though 2014 didn't have as many easy landmarks as 2013, it's still been a year of great growth. A lot of the strides you made in 2014 were to create habits and mindsets that have perfectly set you up to achieve everything you want in 2015.

    Really looking forward to seeing what you get into on here this year!


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