Slowing Down

I made a new year’s resolution for the first time in years: Slow down. I am rarely without a to-do list, and feel ill at ease unless everything on that list is done or in the process of getting done. “Relaxing” in the evenings is acceptable, as long as it’s done after Piopio is putContinue reading “Slowing Down”

2018 Intention Review: A Letter to Myself

new year’s resolutions, future letter to yourself, 2018 resolutions I recently shared my 2019 sort-of resolutions, and now I’m sharing the outcomes of my 2018 Future Letter to Myself — my sixth and final such letter. How much “came true”? I experienced the happiest and most transformational life event in 2018: the birth of myContinue reading “2018 Intention Review: A Letter to Myself”

2019 Resolutions

Bullet journal, dot journal, leuchtturm1917, journaling, planner, calendar, diary, tracker I’m taking a different approach to New Year’s resolutions for 2019. In fact, I’m not making New Year’s resolutions at all. Instead of writing a “Future Letter to Myself,” as I have done for the past six years, I’m simply going to keep up withContinue reading “2019 Resolutions”

Babies: The Anti-Homebody

The Citadel, July 2018.One of the myriad ways my life has changed (for the better) thanks to Piopio is that I’m out and about more. To say my daily routine has changed since Piopio came around is an understatement. Kail and I are both introverts and homebodies, and our preferred way to to spend aContinue reading “Babies: The Anti-Homebody”

2017 Intention Review: A Letter to Myself

I recently shared my 2018 future letter to myself, and now I’m sharing the outcomes of my 2017 annual letter. How much “came true”?2017 was marked by the happiest and most important life change Kail or I have experienced to date: Learning that we would become parents. (This will, of course, be eclipsed by actuallyContinue reading “2017 Intention Review: A Letter to Myself”

Future Letter to Myself: 2018

It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions. As I have for the last few years, I’m writing a future letter to myself — a different take on resolutions and goals for 2018. What is a future letter to oneself? As I wrote in 2013: That’s the thing about New Year’s resolutions —Continue reading “Future Letter to Myself: 2018”

2016 Intention Review: A Letter to Myself

I recently shared my 2017 future letter to myself, and now I’m sharing the outcomes of my 2016 annual letter. How much “came true”?For the first time in recent history, the last year wasn’t one of major life transitions: transferring posts, moving to a new country, changing jobs. We traveled less in 2016 than 2015, and weContinue reading “2016 Intention Review: A Letter to Myself”

Future Letter to Myself: 2017

Oh, hi. I’m still writing. Sort of. I have a short break in between classes so in addition to hosting family visitors for the holidays I’m using the time to catch up on some non-work, non-school priorities, to the extent that they exist.It’s the end of the year, which means that in lieu of New Year’s resolutions, I’mContinue reading “Future Letter to Myself: 2017”

CPC Mindset

A friend who served in Afghanistan a couple tours ago told me it took her about a year to get out of a “CPC mindset” — passing the time from R&R to R&R, always needing something to look forward to. (CPC stands for “Critical Priority Countries,” like Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.)It’s been one year since we left Kabul andContinue reading “CPC Mindset”