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We are in the final 2 weeks of 2016 and while many of us have our finger poised over the reset button for January 1st, I hit the reset button many, many times throughout the year. And today, I just hit it again. Well, last night.

Yesterday I posted about my personal winter guide  and how I manage to not crack apart and turn into sand during these dry, dark months. The outside is important, but even more important is the inside: our mind, our spirit, our organs and general functions of the body. We often forget that the outside is only as good as how the inside operates and that is what I am hitting the reset button.

My diet is the best it has ever been in my life, but something is off. This time of year I gravitate toward foods that are not the best, loaded in cheese – aka fat – and sugar because treats are abundant around Christmas.  While I have not “over done” anything in these areas, I feel a general sense of heaviness.  The rest button pressed today is a button to lighten up.

Reset my diet in a way that limits those oh-so-tasty, fattening and sugary foods that slows down digestion; get to bed earlier and work on getting a quality night’s rest; get back into my full workout routine (which has been sporadic at best); meditate daily and free my mind through writing.

 

I have slacked on the post a day plan I had when December started. I had the best intentions, but to post something for the sake of something does not a good blog make. Nor is it entertaining for anyone to read.

It is Sunday morning and when I was thinking about my lack of writing for a few days I decided why not just write a ramble post, no structure, just ideas and thoughts typed out.

The house is decorated for Christmas and Hanukkah.  My husband is Jewish so we celebrate both and with Hanukkah and Christmas eve on the same day is quite exciting! I have his gifts done and I cannot share those because he does read this from time-to-time. I have a few more goodies to grab which I may do today. I am also meeting up with my friend Lexi for brunch, then grocery shopping, then who knows!

Loads to do today and get done for the upcoming week.

Speaking of the upcoming week, I start my new position on the 16th. I’m nervous, excited, overwhelmed, over joyed, and anxious all at once. I’m not sure what to expect but I am expecting a very positive new chapter in my career. I wanted for so long to be out of a traditional customer service role and transition into something completely different and I got it. Not without it’s tears, lack of sleep, questioning myself moments, of course.  When I want something to change, I focus all of my mental energy on it and do everything I have to do to get it.

With that in mind, I’ve been thinking about where I belong in the expansive world of the web. There is so much content and I’ve been wondering how I fit in and what I have to offer. The truth is, this is not a full time job and I’m not sure it ever will be. Writing is something I’ve always done and always loved to do so my primary reason for posting is to write and share it. I want to share, inspire, and grow a community.  A community of people who work every day, take care of a home and family, and keep their happiness and hobbies as an equal priority.

Like all years, 2016 was the cliched roller coaster ride. I went through a few ups and downs, learned and grew up in many ways. As I approach the final decent and about to start 2017, I want to be sure I am being true to who I am, what I want to share, and what I want to do.

I welcome you to do the same.

At the beginning of 2016, I set my Goodreads goal to 30 books. As of today, December 4th, I am at 20. Goodreads likes to remind me that I am 7 books behind schedule. Well, Sorry, sir, but I’m not sure I can slam out 10 books with the few days left in the year. Although I did not reach that goal, there were some excellent books this year that are worth a mention.

Thriller — The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi

11038479This book is not for everyone or the faint of heart. It can be rather graphic at times. I also remember I read this during the Blizzard in February. My husband was in California on business, so while the snow piled up outside the window, I sat in bed with my dog and read this.  I found this at the library while looking to stock up on the aforementioned blizzard. I enjoyed reading a book by an Italian author – which I had never done before. It is translated from Italian and it was a nice variation on reading American or English-based authors on a topic of murder and investigation. Awesome read!

 

Humor/Lighthearted — Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

13526165 The first book read in 2016 and I still remember it. I loved it! It was so original, fun, and well-written. I heard about this on a Podcast. I saw at Barnes and Noble yesterday that Semple has another book out which I will be a 2017 read for sure. Perhaps I will have that one be the first read of 2017?

 

Classic Fiction — Mrs. Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day I adored this book. So cute, so fun, and unlike anything I had ever read. Although it takes place in the 1930’s, the themes and characters easily translate to modern times. The characters were so memorable and as I read this I felt like I was part of the group. The drawings were also wonderful. A nice touch!

 

Non-Fiction — How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Aubrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas

How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are I must admit I picked this up with the hope of learning a few tips and tricks on how to be a woman of a city in which I do not live, been to when I was 14 and have not connections – bloodline or otherwise. I was wrong. This book was a tongue-in-cheek book by Parisian women essentially mocking themselves and the stereotypes. I laughed out loud many times. It did have some “serious” ideas but most of it was so funny you couldn’t help but smile at them and yourself. This is a book I do not own, but plan on owning by the time this year is out. The reviews of this one are all over the place and most of the negative ones are people who simply didn’t get it. They went into the book with the same intention I did but left without being able to laugh at it.