What a sad year this has been: for our world, my country, my community, my work place, me personally. While I am determined to usher in a wondrous, new beginning with 2017, it’s important for me to linger in this sadness because that is who I am. I know very few people who are peacefully happy, and yet that is what our world communicates to us through social media and personal blogs. Look at me traveling around the world. Here I am ushering in the New Year in Sydney. That’s me paragliding in Hawaii. All that adventure is inauthentic.
One of the first people I met in business school told me, very casually and easily, how he was on anti-depressants and that it ran in his family. I was baffled and silent, but wanted to scream, “Yes OMIGOD yes. I totally completely get you.”
2016 was a year of the basics.
- I wear a daily uniform of black. For work: black pants, black top, black blazer. Outside of work: black leggings, black sweater. I do not wear makeup. I do not style my hair. I very rarely shave. I do not get my nails done. I wear granny underwear. Makes life super easy.
- My biggest focus was Franco and watching his vocabulary explode as a 2-year-old. I take him to church and tumbling, and make sure we do fun activities on the weekends. He loves children’s museums.
- I vacationed in LA (girlfriends), wine country (Dean), Saramento (Franco and Dean), Paris (Dean), and North Carolina (Franco, Dean and my parents).
- Watched the Cubbies win!
- I campaigned for Hillary Clinton and was devastated by the loss.
- We had friends over for Franco’s 2nd birthday and Friendsgiving.
- Still doing book club and our movie club turned into lunch club. Maybe we will restart movie club this year.
- Spent the year remodeling the bottom half of our home which will soon be available for short-term rental. If you need a place to stay in the Bay Area, we’ve got you covered!
- I also made a point of getting acupuncture or a massage once a month. It’s my one indulgence.
Life is a sine curve of ups and downs, people. Wishing all of you more ups than downs in 2017.