It's that one year a night we sit on the couch eating artichoke dip and cursing the neighbors who scare all the pets with their illegal fireworks. New Year's Eve and 4th of July have morphed into the same holiday!
It's also the time of year when internet users issue themselves challenges for the new year and pick words and themes. About 43 days into the 365 day challenges, people vanish from the internet then return a few weeks later posting "I am enough" quote posters without any update on the art/fitness/reading/ challenge they undertook with great enthusiasm. I can't decide if that is sad or funny or what. It is really just an observation on human nature. Why not just start by thinking you/it/this is enough then do what you love?
I make art every day because I am passionate about it. I fucking love it! I eat chocolate and try every new food at Trader Joe's for the same reason. I walk to Starbucks every day because I am passionate about my heart health. I connect with instagram multiple times a day because I love seeing what everyone is up to. I plant a garden because I love watching things grow and bloom. These are all these things I do 365 days a year because I love them. I am pretty sure if I was challenged to do any of those things more than 5 times, I would suddenly not love it at all. My passion for these things in my life exists because I am free not to do them whenever I want, without judgment or comparison. I do not know if my attitude about this stems from age or rebelliousness. It's probably a bit of both. I am a goal-setter in limited doses, not a challenge-taker.
Happy New Year, Friends! I hope everyone has time to do the things they are passionate about and love in the next 12 months. Or even just tonight. Artichoke dip is pretty fun!
I am super excited to see what will happen in this new year and we are so thankful that so many of you still follow along after TWELVE YEARS! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Now, what are your plans for all things New Year?
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