1- Feeling my feelings more . . .
I think the elimination of scrolling from my life has had an unintended side effect some days of allowing myself to feel more sadness. My usual tendency was to use my phone as a soothing balm of escape, and having abruptly stopped I have felt more emotional.
I am not sure whether this is an entirely good thing. But it seems healthier.
Feeling sad or unsure about things can be normal, I think. I’m still overall feeling positive and looking forward to life in general, so it doesn’t feel like depression/anhedonia. Just a bit more raw.
2- Looking forward to more end-of-year reflection.
I have a draft of my 2022 goals (in Todoist, though I plan to transcribe them into handwritten form as well!) and plan on filling in my PowerSheets over the next couple of weeks. Some of my goals/plans are discussed in today’s BOBW ep (see Laura’s site for a post on today’s ep; they are not up yet, but I’m sure they will be later today!).
I’m leading a goal-setting webinar of sorts with our residents today. I hope it goes well. I know not everyone responds to the same kinds of goal setting (hello, 4 tendencies . . .) but at least it will be dedicated space/time for them to think about next year. I will also be leading a similar session for faculty AND for our Patreon!
3- I’m so relieved Hanukkah is over!
Too many gifts + too much pressure. (Still need to buy something for G’s 4th birthday which is in 4 days, gah!). G did indeed get cake decorating tools, which we will put to good use hopefully this weekend. A did not get her bearded dragon (we are tabling that until her birthday, which is in April — she is okay with it).
And then we went out with a bang and bought the kids a Nintendo Switch for night 8. They are excited (it hasn’t come yet, but will be here soon). Our thought was that we’d rather have them playing games together on the big screen than hunched over individual iPads. (We do regulate screen time around here, but are fairly generous with time allocation particularly on the weekends.)
4- I’m reading this . . . and it’s a lot to handle emotionally, but I’m glad I did (almost done now).
That’s mostly it. Off to run.