The week between Christmas and New Years is my “goal-less week.” It’s a delightful tradition I started several years ago to celebrate a year well-lived and give me a bit of a breather before the next crazy year starts. That means during this week I don’t have to journal. I don’t have to track. I don’t have to get to bed by a certain time, blog by a certain time, or even wake up by a certain time. The only thing that I still require of myself is to make sure I write my 100 words each day.
Now this might sound like a vacation week, and in some ways that might apply, but in reality most days this week I’ve actually accomplished more than I normally do. Since my routine is nonexistent I’m able to slip and slide my way through the day and do little things that I generally put off. (Which works well for one week but would be a disaster long-term.)
For instance, I finally have made huge headway with my query letter, agent searching, comparable titles, and all that stuff. I’m excited to get to share the updates with y’all before too long.
Of course I have had vacation time, too. Christmas day was delightful and very memorable. Several of us actually stayed up until four in the morning playing a game, then when I was about to crash in bed from tiredness, I realized we’d never finished cleaning the kitchen after supper. So, my brother and I stayed up for nearly an hour longer and cleaned the kitchen and dining room.
If you’ve been around Noveltea long, you probably know that I really enjoy games, and this is the week of our lives when our family plays the most games, so yay! Last night my brother, dad, and I sat down for a quick game of Mayberry-opoly before church. There’s nothing like a random group game to make me happy. (Especially if I end up winning…)
The weather around here has been crazy. It will be cold and windy, and then next thing I know I’ll be out dancing around in short-sleeves and bare feet. (No worries, I don’t generally go barefoot in December, but I could hardly resist going for a walk on December 26th with no shoes on. When does that happen in Ohio?)
Last night the pitter-patter of a calming rain lulled me to sleep in a peaceful manner and made me almost wish that the moment could last forever.
I hope to spend time working on my end-of-the-year recap today and tomorrow, as well as continuing to work on my goals for 2017, so y’all should be seeing more of that soon.
What about you? How’s your week been going? Do you have any end-of-the-year traditions you do?