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RIP, 2020

January 11, 2021
Like anyone goes to parties anymore, lol.

There are two types of people in this world: those who like New Year’s resolutions and those who don’t. I freaking love them.

There is something so delicious about starting a new calendar year with the best of intentions. In Scotland, they “red the house” (starting a new year with a dirty house is bad luck, y’all) during Hogmanay, and we Americans like to deep clean our intentions, having paved the road to hell with good ones the entire year [see: 2020]. For 2021, I’ve set two big goals and a bunch of little ones. Drum roll, please …

Big ones

  1. Learn the guitar (and actually practice this time)
  2. Exercise an hour every day

And though I am scared of using the phrase “this is my year” ever again (thanks, 2020), this is the year I finish learning guitar. I’ve started about 47 times and can play a few chords, but I am pretty freaking far from basic competency. Mark me, I’m doing it. Then we can sing songs together–yay!

The Great COVID Quarantine of 2020 did have some benefits, believe it or not, and one of them was that it lit a fitness fire under my ass. Because let’s be honest, I’m not in my 20s anymore. Or my 30s. We joined Peloton and got Apple watches. And by “we,” I mean my entire family: my dad, mom, three sisters, three brothers-in-law and their families. You can find us via our hashtag #fitfam (just kidding, I deleted all my social media accounts). Lemme tell you, you will find the twin spirits of discipline and competition when your entire family knows whether or not you went to the home gym on any given day. Either because I’m old or have owl legs, I can’t seem to generate enough power to burn a large number of calories in a short period of time, so I’ve committed an hour a day to the task. It’s going really well, and my wardrobe consists almost entirely of exercise leggings and sweatshirts now. See, people can change.

Little ones

  • Read 50 books
  • Do the New York Times crossword every day (I did it last year!)
  • Learn to draw
  • Knit more than one project (I still have to finish that sweater, oops …)
  • Organize my family’s genealogy
  • Blog five days a week …

…which brings me to why were here.

If you’re reading this, you either still have an RSS reader or you love me. I quit all my social media accounts last month because 1.) I was addicted and 2.) my creativity was all blocked and dying in the darkness of my inability to look away from Twitter and Instagram and all the other platforms that are designed to suck you in and keep you there. I was unable to rise about their brilliantly conceived and executed mind manipulations. (By the way, it’s okay if you can’t either–truly, it’s not your fault.) For me, the only option was to burn it all down. And here we are.

My old blog, MAB libs, died a quiet death in 2016; she just slipped away. I’ve been searching for something to write about for a long time now and struggled to find a focus. I believe I’ve found a twofer in writing about the things I’m doing and learning. I can hold myself accountable, and I get to share with you all the things I love. So, thank you for reading. I missed you.

Much love. xo