Daily Year of Yes

Year of Yes – 336

Grateful for another Friday.

Have some wonderful reading on deck for this weekend. And rest, a lot of rest.

Yes to another week.

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Daily Year of Yes

Year of Yes – 335

27 years ago today, I started dating my husband.

Twenty seven years.

That’s a long time. I am grateful for all those years of togetherness and changing and growing together. We celebrated by climbing together and then eating at what turned out to be a terrible restaurant which we laughed about for quite some time.

Yes to togetherness and celebrating.

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Daily Year of Yes

Year of Yes – 334

Happy December. This is my favorite season of the year. I love the smells, the lights and the possibilities.

I love the family time and the reflection time and the down time.

Yes to a month of joy.

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Daily Year of Yes

Year of Yes – 333

As expected today was a long day. I am depleted from being on all day, from commuting and socializing all day.

But it was also really wonderful to see people in person and have face-to-face conversations.

Yes to holding space for both.

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Daily Year of Yes

Year of Yes – 332

First day back is always really tiring. So resting tonight. Tomorrow i have an offsite so we will see how that goes.

Yes to resting.

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Daily Year of Yes

Year of Yes – 331

Today was the kind of day I wish every day in this vacation had been like. I spent some really lovely time with a friend this morning and then came home and did some journaling and finally got up to exercise and almost immediately felt better than I had all week. Then I meditated for 10 minutes.

Then I made my spinach, water and orange drink and some peas and corn and rice. And now my whole body is sizzling with the leftover energy from exercise and I feel so deeply grateful.

I wish I would do a better job remembering how good this feels. Ending the vacation in a high note at least.

Yes to a good day.

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Daily Year of Yes

Year of Yes – 330

There’s one month left in this year. I’ve been thinking about what I want to do with it.

It’s time to make a list.

Yes to possibilities.

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Daily Year of Yes

Year of Yes – 329

Feeling grateful for the small things that make me happy today: good books, music, puzzle, lovely chats with friends and warm tea.

Simples pleasures of life.

Yes to seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.

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Daily Year of Yes

Year of Yes – 328

Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday that resonates with me. I don’t dislike it the way I dislike Halloween but I also don’t love it the way I love Christmas. So it’s just a meh holiday.

What I do love is taking a whole day off to do nothing without feeling bad about it.

Today I scrapped, journaled and did a puzzle. All while watching six hours of TV.

It was marvelous.

Tomorrow I can strive again. Today is a day off.

Yes to today.

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Review: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A personal story about Styron’s experience with depression. Open, honest, and very very sad.

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Review: The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s hard to call this book excellent because it’s so very very depressing. A stark, real look at depression and also so much history, politics and background on all the ways depression and race and poverty intersect. Eye opening and so very sad.

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Review: Clarity & Connection

Clarity & Connection
Clarity & Connection by yung pueblo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love pueblo’s books. They are pithy and they make you think and they help you remember that life is an inside job. And doing your work is never a waste of time.

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