It’s December? Please tell me where the year went…
The holiday season is just around the corner and all I have to say is…
Truth be told, it’s been years since I have felt the Christmas spirit.
For me, Christmas was never about the presents, the traditional South American dishes that would grace the table and the chaotic cleaning that would take place until the wee hours of Christmas morning (as a kid, I thought it was all for Santa). Those things were all amazing (except the cleaning part of course) but it was simply the feeling of togetherness and slowing down as a family that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Some of my best memories are of simple things like watching the old school 1970s bubble lights on the tree for hours and hanging out in the kitchen chatting with my Dad as he made pepperpot and homemade bread (with extra sugar just for moi!).
So yeah, naturally with this being the first Christmas without my Dad, I would like to skip the holiday season in its entirety.
All I want is to keep these times very, very quiet and low key.
Next year, maybe I’ll feel a little differently but if not, it is what it is and will be what it will be.
Are YOU looking forward to the holidays? If so, what are some of your plans?
The last time I reached out, I said that I would share my short-term plans with you. I already slid a word to those who are subscribed to my (neglected) newsletter.
I’ve made a few decisions:
- I can’t /won’t give up on my fiction writing. It has been my lifelong passion and even though I have come to terms with the fact that I may never “publish” a real novel or become a best-selling writer with my name in lights, I can still write for the simple fun of writing. My fingers have been feeling “itchy” so I don’t have much of a choice anyways.
- I plan on writing an interactive piece of fiction and posting it in my newsletter as one of my first projects of 2023. By “interactive”, I mean that newsletter readers will have a say on how unfold. The blog may get a few excerpts but not much more than that. These days I feel the need to keep things less public on the blog and more private via the newsletter.
- My blog will be a place for me to dump my random thoughts, share anecdotes and ask random questions to those who stumble across this little space of mine on the internet – a few posts a month when/if the mood strikes me so that I concentrate on writing fiction.
- Working on my self-care has become SUPER important to me and I want to find a way to somehow integrate that either into my blog, newsletter or by some other way. My idea is to hook up with others who want to exchange and support each other in prioritizing their self-care (beyond bubble baths and going for massages) in 2023. Yeah, I’m still thinking through how I could make this happen without creating top much work for myself.
So, what’s up with you? What decisions have you been making with 2023 looming ahead?
On that note, take care and until the next post!