January! First Months of Change and Purpose?

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January, the first month of the year is already gone, and it was an eventful one. Have I accomplished anything on my list of 12 Months of Change and Purpose? Yes, I have, not always by choice, but by luck.

I would love to re-start reading self-published Indi books, preferably written by bloggers.

I started reading “Surviving the Death Railway” a POW’s memoir and letters from home, edited by Hilary Custance Green, a blogging friend from the UK, and one of the first talented writers I met at WordPress so many years ago when I signed up here confused, not knowing what I was doing. Sadly, her blog The Green Writing Room is no longer active, but her books are still available. I am halfway through it and I am very glad I bought it. A fascinating and horrifying story.

I want to discover songs that aren’t on the current hitlist or were recently released, but perhaps pieces from other countries, or long-forgotten singers.

I remembered the “Greek Theater” a record I heard so many years ago. I love Greek music and sure enough, I found it on youtube. What a treat! If you never heard of Nana Mouskouri, you might want to research her. She is one of the many talented singers, who speaks and sings many languages.

I want to laugh every day for ten minutes when I drink my morning smoothie. Youtube, here I come!

Not every day, because some days I just didn’t feel like laughing, but most days I start my day with smiles and laughter. In January I enjoyed Bette Whites Bloopers on youtube.

I hope I will be able to help strangers within my limits -preferably incognito. (Help does not always require money, sometimes it requires something more valuable than money…time!)

I got lucky! A single mom, who got injured at work and is now living the same Workmen’s com nightmare we experienced ourselves, posted on our neighborhood board that she needed help. I asked for a picture of the claim notification -with blacked-out names and numbers- and when she sent it in under a minute, I could pay kindness forward, without spending much.

I want to try new things I always wanted to do. 

Sadly, I have not tried anything new in January.

New recipes, one each month -all within my health restrictions. Yummy!

Greek Coleslaw! Found it – cooked it – loved it! The trick is “carbonated water” like Perrier or Pellegrino.

Krautsalat - wie im griechischen Restaurant

I have to let go of things I don’t use anymore, even though it might sting a bit.

I am still on it. One cabinet a day (or every other day). Two boxes of STUFF have been filled, one for donations, the other one for our annual garage sale in May. Yeah, progress!

I want to try new routines to break bad habits –and there are plenty.

Nope! I still eat in front of the computer and I stay up too late. So nothing accomplished here either.

I hope to find time to sew new dog beds, created with the yards of upholstery fabric remnants

Yes, and yes! Both went to a nearby animal shelter.

I want to re-watch new (old) movies. Black and white, American movies or movies with under titles. 

I tied my husband to a chair and we watched “Gaslight” with Ingrid Bergman. Ok, I didn’t tie him up but threatened him. We both enjoyed it and will continue to watch an old movie each month.

What is gaslighting? The 1944 film Gaslight is the best explainer. - Vox

I follow so many wonderful blogs, but never really share them because I don’t like the re-blog feature. 

I have not shared a blog I follow in January, so I will share two in February.

I will open up more and share more about my life, perhaps even more of me.

I am not sure. I think I am opening up more. Am I?

There are some things I wish for, but I never order them, because I tell myself I don’t really need them.

When an Etsy shop offered a 40% discount I caved and placed an order for a Tibetan singing bowl. It’s a beauty with a beautiful sound.

Twelve new months filled with projects, antiques, and old forgotten pieces.

Bragging Time! Workwise I got lucky, a piece like this doesn’t come along every day.

I asked a friend to take professional pictures because I loved the result so much -so did the customer.

What else?

We lost our oldest dog, and last Friday, we both tested positive for COVID (again) even though we are both fully vaccinated and booster-ed. It’s a mild case (again). It feels like a head cold or sinus infection and comes with brain fog, fatigue, fever, and all the good stuff we like so much. I am out of order in more than one way! We are very fortunate!

We binge-watched “Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix a few evenings and we both thoroughly enjoyed it -a must-see if you play and like chess.

It’s cold outside! We have snow is in the forecast and tomorrow is Groundhog Day. The winter will be short, I can already hear the birds in the morning.

I found ‘Wordle’ and play it every day. It’s a cheap and fast addiction. 🙂

February here I come!

35 thoughts on “January! First Months of Change and Purpose?

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  2. I like the way you think! As you meet some of these goals you’ll feel enriched by learning new things and supporting others along the way. Many of the things you’ve focused on sound like they’d add in some relaxation and stress-reduction. I am again reminded to say I’m so sorry you had to say goodbye to your faithful pal. Lots of ups and downs!

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    • Thank you Debra. I am glad I am still thinking and hopefull able to learn by doing so. Much in my life (stress-wise) had a lot to do with the state of the country, the politics, the TV. I stepped away from it.

      Thank you for your kind words about my boy. I miss him like crazy but I am glad he doesn’t have to suffer anymore. His hips were giving in and I could tell it was bothering him.


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  4. OH I am sorry about the dog, sorry about the Covid-again. I feel you have always been an open person. The chair is beyond words- exceptionally beautiful. My husband and I play Wordle everyday- such fun. I think you are doing well with your list- and have 11 more months to keep adding 😀 Hope you are well soon

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  5. Yes, what happened to January? So fast. Thanks for the inspiration. It’s important to make goals otherwise, 2022 is just a repetition of the usual of work and routines. I promise myself one or more fun adventure every month. January was revisiting San Francisco. It was nice.


  6. You have accomplished so much in one month! I am impressed! I am sorry to hear you have Covid again. Ugh! I am fully vaccinated and boosted. However, I wonder if I have become too compliant. I’m so tired of wearing masks! But we do limit inside activities with others. I look forward to seeing your projects. The before and after of the chair is quite impressive! On one hand, I am a bit overwhelmed by all you want to accomplish. On the other hand, it is inspiring! Hope you have a great February!

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    • It’s like Rosaliene said, “our new normal” I suppose. Instead of the flu it’s now COVID. I am very careful but know the company my husband works for is not enforcing mask wearing as they should.

      It’s actually not too much to accomplish -I just need to remind myself to do it. 🙂

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  7. Never ever beat yourself up for not sticking to resolutions. We generally make far too many to be practical anyway. I love reading but have found it difficult in the heatwave we’re experiencing so ‘lost’ myself in a collection of short stories in Afrikaans that had me smiling, snorting, laughing out loud and even crying – and which has inspired me to draft at least two short stories. I am listening to more music – lifts my mood enormously 🙂 Having recently discovered Wordle, I begin my day with it!

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    • No worries. The list is more of a reminder not to forget the things, like the dog beds, which are so easily done when I have fabric left over after a project is finished.
      I enjoying music or old movies, now I remind myself to ‘make’ time.

      Isn’t Wordle fun? I read the New York Times bought it and I hope it will stay free.

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  8. Sounds like you’ve been very productive this month! Well done on the things you managed to cross off the list. 😊
    Sorry about the loss of your fur baby. 😔
    Looking forward to your progress in February! Hope it will be a good month for you!
    Feel better soon 🤗

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  9. Very sorry for your loss. I do hope that you’re all feeling better now and shall recover soon.

    I loved watching Queen’s Gambit! Wouldn’t recommend the book reading though.

    I like all your mindful resolutions. Good luck with them and have fun!


    • Thank you! There is a light at the end of the tunnel, week one is almost over. How interesting, normally it’s the other way around and movies turn out to be a disappointment after we read the book.

      I don’t do resolution but I seem to be at an age now where I need gentle nudges and reminders to not forget (again) what I wanted to do.

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