Good | Bad | Rad #22 – The Holiday Edition

A look back at some of the best, hardest and most surprising parts of my week.

The Good

Technology. Love how easy it is to connect with family and friends I wasn’t with over the holidays. I FaceTimed my niece in Germany, texted pictures to my sister of the gifts she sent, and called and texted friends all over. Then there’s Facebook. While I didn’t get to hug them in person, it was nice to be able to be in touch.

Gifts. My holiday gifts were lovely, and I also received some other gifts. I happened to mention to a friend that I wanted some colored pencils. She gave me three different kinds, plus some glass votive holders that fit an antique wooden sugar mold. I’d been wanting votive holders for it for years! Such a wonderful surprise.

New Friends. I made many new friends at that writing workshop I attended a couple weeks ago, a couple happen to live in the Portland area, and one hosted a holiday party. Despite not knowing anyone but my new friend Julia, I went to their holiday party. I’m so glad I did! Julia and her husband were wonderful hosts, and everyone I met was interesting and fun and nice. Luckily the world didn’t end that day, but if it had, I would have gone out having a great time!

Sharing my Work. Last week a promotion ended sharing my Explore & Play classes with people on my list. It was loads of fun to see all the emails come through as people downloaded their free class. (If you missed it, be sure and get signed up – over there in the sidebar – so you don’t miss out in the future!)

 

The Bad

Missing People. There are times that make the missing more acute. The holidays are definitely one of those times. I missed my sister and her family who recently moved to the East Coast. I missed friends who were out of town, or live far away. Luckily I was able to be in touch with them. Then there was my Dad and my friend Brooke. They’ve both been in my thoughts a lot lately. And there’s no amount of technology that will let me be in touch with them.

Too much Driving. As I’ve confessed before, despite loving road trips, I’m not a big fan of driving. I did way more driving this week than I like. The weather (it was pouring most of the time) wasn’t my favorite driving weather either. I wouldn’t want to miss the time I spent with my mom, or seeing my brothers and family, or having the clouds part just long enough on the way home to see Jupiter shining next to the nearly full moon, but teleportation would be a wonderful alternative.

The Rad

Time Off. I rarely take full days off from work (even on the weekends) much less multiple days. This week I took three full days off in a row.

I was able to fully focus on my family and Christmas and put work to the side.

When I came back to work yesterday, it was with renewed enthusiasm and inspiration. It’s a great frame of mind for looking forward to the coming year.

It reminded me how beneficial it is to unplug.  And how I could really benefit from returning to this regular practice. Purposefully opening and closing my work times and play times and rest times. Letting my work self rest at least one full day each week.

And you?

What were the Good | Bad | Rad parts of your week? Share them here, in the comments, or on the Perception Studios Facebook page.

 

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