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Your newsletters so often feel like a reassuring hug. Thank you Carolyn! I have a lot of trouble with slowing down and listening to my needs before others, so I really appreciate your recommendations!

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Jan 4Liked by Carolyn Yoo

Circadian calendar >> Gregorian! (Though, I love my monthly intentions)! HNY friend💕

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Jan 4Liked by Carolyn Yoo

Great essay! But, yes I’m starting out with a bang…but partly cause I know a tsunami of work is coming so I will be soon entering a fallow time creatively. So I’m trying to make hay while I can. We’ll see if this “plan” backfires!

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"Decolonizing time" is an interesting phrase. I've been thinking about it since I read it here days ago and wanted to come back to tell you...I'm still thinking about that phrase.

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Love love love this perspective. I use any chance I can get to set intentions and refresh and all the things but like to use the new year to realign, recalibrate and ease into new intentions for the year. I sorta see Winter as a season of rehearsing before the year really starts. I get everything organized, cleaned up, and ready to go so when Spring rolls around I am ready to go!

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Jan 5Liked by Carolyn Yoo

I agree this is the Winter of '24. Love the artwork/drawing!

Though I attempt mightily not to overextend, I get drawn into overextending by others; my wife, and her family, who celebrate the holidays the same every year, OVERDOING Things; my sons who think they are still 4 and 7 instead of 27 and 30. I swear every year that next year will be different, with more family get-together's in restaurants instead of running ragged preparing banquets at our homes. I want camaraderie and fellowship.

I'm an iconoclast who speaks truth (or my perception of the truth) about things like vacations with kids, or even vacations in general, that require much too much work and really aren't fun, when you do an assessment. Naturally I am shunned. Yeah, you have photos/videos but those often lie. Holidays running ragged are in that category

...same with taking kids to Disney-world, Disneyland or any amusement park before they are old enough to go with their friends and have much more fun!

We drive ourselves crazy trying to emulate ads on TV and the movies. Less is more...we end up chasing our tails trying to impress persons...just have fun in simple ways

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