I hope you all had a restful holiday with your loved ones! I finally have a second to breathe after the craziness of the holidays, and I wanted to get in touch before the ball drops in 2024.
Plus let’s face it: my productivity took a precipitous drop this week.
As we disembark from the absolute rollercoaster that was 2023, I thought I’d reflect on the ups and downs of the past 12 months.
I won’t kid myself by anticipating 2024 will be a smooth ride by any stretch of the imagination. After all, I’m an elder millennial who’s lived through decades of “unprecedented events.”
But I know we have the tools to survive what comes our way, which reminds me of an old proverb:
“A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.”
Jon is still inking the TBH pages. Juggling parenting and teaching middle school and life is hard, fam. However, he’s getting the pages done--slowly but surely.
Jon at the end of the work day—and at the end of 2023.
Recent Read: The Creative Act, by Rick Rubin
A fellow copywriter at work recommended this book a few months ago. Around the same time, Jon bought it and loved it. Once he finished, he passed The Creative Act to me to read for inspiration through some serious writer’s block I was having. This book is 100% deserving of all the hype. I’ve felt grounded by Rick Rubin’s immense wisdom. And I mean so. Much. Wisdom.
Another thing I’ve grown to appreciate in non-fiction books like this one: I love the short chapters. We are always hustling and rushing from one thing to the next, but if I have 10 minutes or so, I can read a chapter, fully digest it, and feel like I learned something instead of stopping halfway and letting the main idea dissipate into thin air.
Lilo turned 2 on Christmas Eve! Here she is with her little holiday headband.
Here are Finn and Amelie working hard at competitive napping.
I know I’m late to the game, but I finally started using “Do Not Disturb” mode on my phone.
And holy moly—what a difference it has made!
Text messages can be a huge distraction when you’re trying to establish a workflow or focus on other tasks--even if that TikTok video your friend sent IS hilarious. It’s been so effective at blocking notifications, that I’ve set my phone to DND every day, even on weekends.
If you haven’t tried “Do Not Disturb,” I strongly recommend it if you want to reduce distractions.
That’s it for now. Thank you so much for reading! I’ll be in touch again in 2024. Have a Happy New Year, everyone! :)