solsticetree
We hope our friends and family enjoyed their holiday season, whatever your persuasion. We enjoyed having our Solstice tree.
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Our wood stove has been working hard to keep us warm.

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bill-and-o
There are gatherings to attend.

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Time alone.

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New projects to start.

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A kitchen to dream and plan.

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A New Year’s polar plunge to spectate (we haven’t gotten up the nerve to do it ourselves quite yet, but bravo to all who did!)

sledding
A white crisp sheet of snow awaits us, like the fresh New Year.

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Baby faces to savor, they won’t stay young forever.

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And we’re off! Welcome 2017.

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Every December/January, I spend some time doing my year-end review. I wrote a little about its evolution here. I’m a little late this year in starting, but I did my  “three-quarter’s-year” review back in September, so some of the heavy lifting has already been done.

This year, there are no workbooks to be filled. Instead, I’m doing a post-game analysis à la Tim Ferriss (his podcast episode explains his review in detail). Here’s my version of it:

:: Accomplishments in 2016

:: 80/20 Analysis

The “20 percent of activities, experiences, or people who produced 80 percent or more of my most positive emotions and outcomes.”

Conversely, the “20 percent of activities, experiences, or people who produced 80 percent or more of my most negative emotions and outcomes.”

:: Taking the 80/20 Analysis, come up with

Activities, experiences or people that I want more of in 2017

Activities, experiences or people that I want less of in 2017

:: Spending wisely to increase our family’s health/well-being/happiness

$100/$500/$1000 levels

:: Experiments to try

:: 10X (vs 10%) thought experiment

Here’s to a fruitful 2017*.

*Although January 1st is an arbitrary start date for the year–it’s not tied to any celestial event, solar or lunar–I go with the flow and start my year with the rest of North America.

 

 

 

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