It’s a beautiful morning! Yes, it’s overcast but the river is a gorgeous mosaic of pure white snow, silver ice and black open water. It looks like a finger painting on a giant canvas. The clouds are shades of grey broken by slivers of brilliant light and moving quickly upriver. The smoke from the hospital’s huge chimney hardly rises before it’s blown flat in a horizontal line stretching across the woods in Chatham Head. One of the eagles sailed past my window, flying against the strong southerly wind as if it were just a whisper of air. He landed in his favourite tree just below my place and will sit for hours observing the river and shoreline. I love early Sunday mornings, when my building is quiet until at least 10 a.m. before neighbours begin to stir. All I can hear is the ticking of the electric baseboard heater in my living room and the hum of the refrigerator in the kitchen as my fingers tap the keyboard punching out sentences as quickly as they spring to mind. Learning to type properly has been one of the single best skills I have ever developed. I am able to sit comfortably on my couch with my computer open on my lap and look at the world outside my huge picture window while I type, never having to glance at the keyboard or the computer screen. It’s a real gift.
Last night I started watching a new series on Netflix called Bridgerton. Mom suggested it to me. I am only a couple of episodes into it but I’m loving it! I tend to love anything produced by Shonda Rhimes anyway, notably Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, etc. But this one is fun! It’s like Gossip Girl meets Downton Abbey and The Crown, except much sexier! I think there’s only 8 episodes in this first season, so I’m sure it’s not going to last long. I noticed another season of Wentworth dropped too over the holidays, so that will be fun to get into.
One of the many little changes that I’m committed to implementing this year is to watch less television. I want to increase my time spent listening to podcasts, audio books, and music, but that time has to come from somewhere, so I’ve decided to cut back on television. I watch way too much, I know. I have my favourite guilty pleasures like the Real Housewives franchise and true crime docu-series. I have my long-time staples like Coronation Street. And then I have all the series I binge watch as soon as a new season is released … The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Peaky Blinders, The Crown, Utopia, Shameless, Animal Kingdom, Good Girls, Midsomer Murders … the list is huge! And then I have all the series I stumble upon and get hooked on anew, plus movies and my daily YouTube videos subscriptons … it’s a lot of sitting in front of the television in the run of a day! I watch so much stuff and I love shows, movies, and videos so much that I am sure I could sit in front of the television 24 hours a day, never sleeping, for the rest of my life and never get through everything. Yeah, it’s time to add a little structure and control to this form of entertainment before it kills me.
So I am aiming for two hours per day … 7-9 pm … and that is all. I don’t know if this will work, if it’s just too big of an adjustment or if it will be fine … but I am thinking it will be okay. Back in the day there was a time when I didn’t have television and it was before everything was streaming so I really didn’t ever watch very much at all. I didn’t miss it, even though I had always been a pop culture and TV junkie. I occupied that time in a variety of extra ways. I went to the movie theatre more to see movies on the big screen. I wrote a heck of a lot more, I was prolific and creative, bursting with scenes and imagery. I walked more and generally exercised more and my home was a lot more tidy. I was also more organised and better focused on my work. I slept better. I read a lot more books and listened to way more music and … I think I was even happier. So, it seems like a good exercise to explore, I mean it’s not like I can’t watch everything later anyway because everything happens on demand now, so why not give myself a break and try to let some other things happen to fill the space.
Gratitude: hot coffee served in my new mug from Christopher Doiron pottery that was gifted to me this Christmas, this morning stumbling upon the perfect stretching/ exercise video series for women of my size, waking wicked early on this last day of vacation even when I stayed up much too late last night
Focus: writing daily affirmations, prepping food so a healthy eating week becomes the path of least resistance for me, putting up wall calendars and cleaning/ organizing desk in preparation of my first day back to work tomorrow
Inspiration: Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives. Tony Robbins
Sounds: Beautiful Day, U2
Connection: thinking about my friend Judy Bowman, who always sends a supportive text after reading my blog posts and who I am very hopeful I will be able to see in person again soon. Thank you for always being my friend!