Goodmorning and happy (official) New Year to you!
…and a welcome back to the blogosphere for many of you who – very supported by me – took a little leave of absence in these last few weeks. I managed to put out my annual Christmas and Year In Review post, but otherwise, had zero inclination to be on a computer screen over the holiday season.
My last two weeks have been very focused on time with family, and very full of relaxation. A true vacation, it actually felt like.
(I also saw Star Wars so am now stuck in Yoda mode…. it happens).
Since officially being back in Toronto, man oh man has it ever been feeling hard to get back to “life.” With all the time I spent away and all the time I spent relaxing, I really thought I would be gung-ho and ready to “get back to it,” but now that I’m here I’m more like….. “um…how do I do this again? What is this to do list and why can’t I get myself to cross anything off?”
“You expect me to do what in this extreme cold!??
Not to mention a rise of, “oh yes, it’s a new year… what if things don’t happen for me like I hope they will? Wow I’m really super scared for my future. What am I doing with my life!?!?……….”
I’m trying to keep those latter thoughts at bay.
But that cold though…… that’s one thing I can’t control. It. Is. COLD. And it is making getting to and from work, not to mention getting out to do ANYTHING extremely unpleasant. Sigh. But it seems we’re all in it together. I hope you are staying in and finding comfort in multiple layers, comfort food, and hot drinks.
Anyways, we are back to it with the Week In Review. I don’t have many pictures since being home – apparently something else I’m having a hard time getting back to – but I do have a collection from my time in Newfoundland. So here’s a little accomplishment list for how I’ve been trying to get back to life in this first week of 2018.
Last week I…
Spent New Years Eve and the two days following with my entire family in St. John’s Newfoundland, where my brother and sister-in-law live. It was wonderful, and like I’ve mentioned, very relaxing.
We had our day of “post Christmas” where we finished off our gift giving
We explored the area in short burst – in car and on foot – and I was mesmerized by the beauty of the winter scenery
Cape Spear – the most easterly point in Canada
…even Dan found it a wee bit chilly
We got Chinese food, ate french toast casserole, homemade eggs benedict, leftover turkey soup, and splurged big time on an east coast pub dinner where I downed a massive bowl of seafood chowder, fried calamari, tempura shrimp and sweet potato fries.
We drove up a mountain to welcome the new year with fireworks, and bid a fond farewell to 2017
best view in the city
To fill in the holes (and to warm up) I spent the rest of my time relaxing in the living room watching TV movies, drinking tea, chatting with the family and snuggling with my niece.
Oh yes, and we saw Star Wars.
blankets and coffee….blankets and coffee….
Since being back…
Like I’ve said, it’s feeling hard! “Things” still aren’t back into the swing of things – people and businesses and casting companies are still on holiday etc – and yet I’m anxious about not having things going yet. Work is super boring and super, super cold, so it’s been a huge slog. Basically, I just need to get back to the things that fill my soul and then I know I will start to feel better. But a few things I have accomplished…
I took myself out for an unplugged coffee date when I was feeling super off and scattered. I continued to read my current book, “The Law Of Attraction.” Interesting stuff. I look forward to finishing the book and then going back and giving the exercises a try.
Dan and I went on a pizza and wine date – no pictures because it was a dark underground cave – where we also had a big talk. Big talks aren’t easy.
I deleted and organized all the pictures on my computer from last year.
I recorded a song, put together and sent away an audition submission
I booked a singing lesson, acting lesson, and chiropractor appointment
I bought a toaster!
I also bought a waffle maker, which had been on my list for months now. Then I came home to take it out of the box only to see that it was completely smashed. So, I went back and exchanged said waffle maker. Then I came home once again only to realize this one was missing one of the iron waffle plates. I phoned the company, left an angry message, and then asked Dan to return it… for a second time. Grrrrrrrrrr.
me…having to trudge back out into the cold…
I hope next week starts to feel a bit more fruitful. I know a lot of that comes down to how I choose to spend my time and the thoughts I choose to have, so I hope to be able to garner that for myself.
Happy start of 2018!
How was your New Year?
Do you find the start of a new of year difficult? Do you feel a bit scattered or extra focused?
Not a hugely exciting week. But I did get a few nice things…