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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Review: I Hope This Finds You Well

I Hope This Finds You Well
I Hope This Finds You Well by Kate Baer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this. Not as much as Baer’s previous book but every minute I spent with it was joy and laugh out loud and touching and she’s simply brilliant.

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Review: Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle
Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

this book was on my list for several reads. I am so excited I finally got to sit down and read it. It was absolutely excellent. There are so so many good pieces of information in this book. So much helpful advice. If you’re burned out, worn out, overwhelmed, this will help.

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Review: The Sentence

The Sentence
The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

excellent. Erdich writes in a way no one can. There’s so much packed into this story. So much of what we’ve been living through told in eloquent, funny and thoughtful ways. She is so very talented.

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