Sunday, January 22, 2017

Musings - January 2017

These musings used to be called "Currently, Month Year" - they've been re-named. But they are still just musings from the month. I hope you enjoy!

Books: I read things - light, easy reading -  over the holidays. It was lovely. Fiction paperbacks - Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega series - Hunting Ground, Fair Game, Dead Heat; Fire Touched from her Mercy Thompson series. Started Christine Wicker's non-fiction book on magic, Not in Kansas Anymore.

Gratitude: The year started with friends and wine. And an offer to go snowshoeing! (I'll report back in February). Small, thoughtful gifts from friends.  The roof over my head. Sweet pets. The curiosity of children. 

Listening: Good Life Project (podcast); Side Hustle School (podcast); The CoQuora Podcast and 5th Harmony's "Worth It" has been running through my head on repeat for days.....

IG from fav perfume house
Perfume: Sadly, Sencha Bleu No. 57 by TokyoMilk is gone. It was a huge hit with both me and the guy. Since I'm a perpetual tryer, it will be a while before it re-appears, perhaps during a spring. (I loved the scent. For me, the downside was the lack of sillage. Perhaps layering will help next time.) So, I've moved back to samples of a few things (Marble & Milkweed's line) as well as the mainstay of Les Perfumes de Rosine Majalis as I find it a perfect winter perfume. (Read more about my first encounter with  the warm, savory rose that is Majalis here.)

Random: This year brought a lot of changes and challenges. One was family.  There is one person in my family with a completely self-centered life outlook. It's my choice on how much I let that bother me and how much I choose to interact. I'm willing to accept the consequences of my choice to set boundaries, even if that means other people will choose not to be part of my life.

Stress: Don't the holidays just bring out the stress? (Or in my case, family) December is never my best month. Gifts that arrive late. Fending off the ridiculous expectations of others. More "things to do" than time. I hope you had time to take time for you - space and time to think and reflect to start your new year. 

Watching: The Blacklist (binged ALL of it on Netflix); The Magicians; and Bull.

Take-away - Sometimes change is the only constant and sometimes the constant won't change. How do you handle that which won't change?

Original musings posts you may enjoy:
Currently, October 2016
Message in a Bottle (2016)
Currently, July 2016
Currently, June 2016
Currently, May 2016
Currently, April 2016
Currently, March 2016
Currently, February 2016
Currently, January 2016

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