celebrated all the holidays + looking ahead to ’23

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“So, good news…I saw a dog today.”

― Buddy the Elf

December highlights

  • completed in-person Buddhism course at SF Buddhist Center
  • continued interviewing financial advisors
  • paid off student loan (wohoo!)
  • registered for first creative writing course (Intro to Fiction Writing)
  • completed 3×31 challenge
  • attended writing tutor volunteer training + became official volunteer for 826 Valencia
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium day
  • Ain’t Too Proud to Beg + Beetlejuice
  • began 2022 review + 2023 planning
  • annual Elf watching with family
  • made natural garland to celebrate Winter Solstice + Yule
  • completedd Ellie’s advent calendar
  • started Italy planning
  • enjoyed brunch at Foreign Cinema
  • visited so many holiday markets
  • 900th Peloton ride + shoutout by Emma
  • took in all the holiday decor
  • finally made the trek to Oakland via BART (survived the tunnel)
  • hair cut + color
  • completed many LEGO sets + one difficult puzzle
  • consumed multiple holiday-themed drinks
  • two vet visits for Ellie (grateful neither were serious)
  • survived more layoffs (but heartbroken for friends who were impacted)
  • enjoyed special Anchor Brewing holiday tour + tasting
  • made my fist gingerbread house (and learned the wrong way to make royal icing)
  • multiple dinners/get-togethers with friends
  • finally tried out our sun paper
  • visits to Museum of Craft and Design, SFMOMA, Asian Art Museum and the Exploratorium After Dark
  • tried my first fire and ice experience (sauna + cold plunge)
  • celebrated Christmas Eve with a guided walking tour, visit to Union Square and yummy dinner at Ernest
  • enjoyed Christmas and NYE at home
  • rang in 2023 literally via a 2,100-pound, 16th-century Japanese temple bell
  • finished all in-progress books
  • enjoyed a few weeks of time off for the holidays
  • decided to take a holiday card break this year
  • 120 workouts/33+ hours (cycling, yoga, strength, walks, hiking, stretching)
  • rode 154 miles
  • Peloton milestones: 200th walk; 30-day streak; 13k and 14k annual minutes
  • one Trajectory of Life post

January intentions + looking forward

  • no-sugar January
  • get back to daily/weekly habit tracking
  • begin five-year journal (daily reflection)
  • start first creative writing course at CCSF
  • host Denver friends
  • prepare for Hawaii trip
  • spend day with another visiting Denver friend
  • reach out to one friend to make plans
  • read two books
  • January happiness calendar
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