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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ahora 20: Currently

Happy New Year!
As someone who has a genuine dislike ambiguity about the winter holidays, I am grateful to wake up on January 1st with all of that behind me and nothing but a fresh, clean year filled with opportunity. 

Here's what's happening, in my world. 


The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan. 
I loved reading Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project, so I thought this could be a great way to frame my year in gratitude. Kaplan organizes the year into seasons with themes like marriage and family, health, or money and finance. She is a proponent of the gratitude journal, and admittedly, I am enjoying the process of reflecting on my day by writing in my own gratitude journal. It's a quick and easy read and one of the most powerful takeaways is the power of perspective.

A lot of soups and stews. We're even having one today, especially good after last night's snow. Tis the season. What's your favorite broth based soup or stew? 

Ali's recipe from Gimme Some Oven for a 20-minute Moroccan Chickpea Soup may make it into our winter rotation. Doesn't this look good?

More water and tea. I'm making an honest effort to drink less coffee and more water and tea, and ultimately, tea with no sweetener. Here are a few of my favorites.

My vision and intent for 2017. I did a vision board at the end of 2016, and it has already started working. Crazy! Ask and you shall receive. Want to make your own? Start here

Like most in my social media circle, I am watching and loving This is Us. It's well written, relatable, and heartfelt. The musical score is pretty good too. 

Listening to...
My standard Pandora channels: Jack Johnson, Spanish Guitar, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jimmy Buffett, and French Cafe Radio. And my podcasts:  Side Hustle School and Happier with Gretchen Rubin. 

Any recommendations?

A light box. This one has low/medium/high settings and you can set it for 15, 30, and 45 minutes. Who knows whether it works, but for me, like others do with the salt lamp, it's worth trying. And speaking of salt lamps, any recommendations on size? Does it work for you?

So that's about it. It's winter, but it is pretty. 

What's happening ahora, now, in your world? 

Are you a Word of the Year person? Please share your 2017 word and inspire me. 


  1. Ahora Kelly! As you know, always one of my favorite features. Get your point on the holidays... though I did indeed enjoy a fabulous season! Gratitude. Lots of water... not so much tea. Soups and stews... I almost burst out laughing when I saw that... not so much anything funny, in fact the soup looks delish... but I've just finished "freezer day" which is more than a day whereby I transform beef bones, chicken bones, shrimp shells, assorted vegetables and etc... into stocks, then soups, and then, additional freezer dishes for the family elders... whew...worn out on the genre for now. Have a fantabulous month ahead!!!

  2. I love the Honey Lavender. How's the tangerine? Is it sweet like the name implies?

    1. You turned me on to the Honey Lavender, Steph. So good!
      I think the tangerine is bitter, but it smells great and a little honey goes a long way.

  3. I too am so happy when the holiday are OVER. Last year I was in Inida in a run down hotel with a husband and two teenage boys puking their guts out and I think it was preferable to being home! I'm definitely interested in the vision board. I have been writing goals, but I like the idea of a board. Thanks!