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2023: The yr of me

Final night time, for the third Wednesday in a row, I ventured to the Whiteside Theater in downtown Corvallis to look at an previous film. Two weeks in the past, it was Nationwide Lampoon’s Christmas Trip. Final week, it was It is a Great Life. And yesterday was Star Wars. The place was packed! So enjoyable to look at a favourite movie in an previous theater with a few hundred different followers.

I’ve additionally been watching many films at dwelling currently. I lastly have the time. In accordance with Letterboxd, I’ve seen seventeen movies in December. I watched 9 in November. I get pleasure from exploring the nooks and crannies of cinema. (I extremely advocate Letterboxd, by the way in which. I have been utilizing it to log my movie watching for 2 years, and I can now not think about not utilizing it.)

My days have been busy, too.

Within the mornings, as all the time, I stroll the canine. Currently, although, we have been taking longer walks: 90 minutes, two hours. A part of it’s because I’ve embarked upon a loopy mission to map each Little Free Library and farmstand on the town [my map]. However a bigger half is as a result of I’m, eventually, prioritizing health once more.

The films I've watched in 2022

A few of you might recall that I misplaced forty kilos throughout COVID. I used to be proud of my health going into 2021, however then I acquired sidetracked by promoting a home, shopping for a home, and a really shitty 2022. I fell into my unhealthy behavior of stress consuming. I did not do any train. I gained fifty kilos — every part I would misplaced in 2020 and extra. Nicely, for the previous three weeks I have been each exercising and consuming proper. I am again on the health club. In January, I am becoming a member of some buddies for a 30-day yoga problem.

To make it simpler to make wholesome decisions with meals, I’ve slowly been re-vamping our kitchen. We have lived on this home for fifteen months now, so we now have a greater concept of the place completely different kitchen instruments ought to reside. Plus, after greater than a decade with Kim, I’ve determined it is time to ditch a few of our previous kitchen stuff (a few of which we have owned because the Nineties!) and improve to raised instruments. I now personal three good knives, they usually’re a pleasure to make use of.

In the meantime, after eighteen months of speaking about artwork, I’ve begun to dabble in it. Not a lot, however some. Earlier this month, I began a each day artwork journal. I am taking part in with pens and drawing kinds. I purchased an affordable watercolor set and am having enjoyable taking part in with that. After I’m not watching films, I am typically watching artwork instruction on YouTube.

Plus, I am doing different enjoyable stuff. I am studying books and comics. I am spending extra time with buddies — each on Zoom and in Actual Life.

In brief, December has been my finest month in a very long time. I’ve been main a values-driven life and it reveals. I can really feel it. The individuals round me can really feel it to.

However discover what’s not on that checklist. What am I not doing? Writing about cash. Since my mom died in early October, I have been on a deliberate three-month sabbatical. It is clear that I wanted it. It is also clear that I most likely want extra time to myself. Like all of 2023.

I discussed earlier this month that I wish to make 2023 the 12 months of J.D. And it is true. That is precisely what I will do. I will prioritize doing what I need once I need it. I do not imply this in some hedonistic manner. I imply it in a “pursuing that which fulfills me” manner. Does that make sense?

My primary precedence for the approaching yr is to concentrate on health. Kim and I are doing this collectively for the primary time since we met at Crossfit, and it feels superior to be on the identical web page. It is a lot simpler to do that as a staff. Together with train and well being consuming, I am additionally addressing some lingering well being points: blood stress, sleep apnea, and so forth.

My quantity two precedence for 2023 is to proceed constructing (and re-building) friendships right here in Corvallis. Though I determine as an introvert, it is clear that I am not. I want social interplay, and I have not been getting sufficient of it. I am engaged on it.

My third precedence for the following twelve months is to dive into artwork. I’ve struggled to start out for a few causes.

  • First, I do not know the place to start out. I am an entire novice. I’ve by no means achieved something creative in my life. (Nicely, not completely true. In junior excessive, a buddy and I used to attract our personal comedian books, however that was child stuff.)
  • Second, I do not know what sort of artwork to pursue. Do I wish to draw? Do I wish to paint? One thing else completely?

This month, I’ve stopped fascinated with these kinds of questions and as an alternative begun doing no matter I would like with pens and paint. The one manner to determine the place to go is to strive issues. Plus, I am taking note of what excites me. Comics excite me, clearly, and all the time have. However I am additionally realizing that I like what I would name “mid-century spot illustration” fashion: heavy brush strokes, type of cartoony.

A closing precedence is to determine which tasks to pursue round the home. Kim and I moved right here on the finish of August 2021. We love Corvallis, and we all know that is the place we wish to reside. Our home is completely wonderful, however…it isn’t good. (No home ever is.) After “losing” $150,000+ making modifications to our final home then shifting after 4 years, I am extra cautious right here. If we keep, I am keen to spend cash and energy to enhance issues. But when we do not, I do not wish to expend the assets.

So, Kim and I must decide: Can we decide to staying at this place for, say, a decade or so? Or will we agree that it is solely a brief place? If we are going to remain, then I’ve a few tasks I wish to sort out nearly instantly. I would like rework a rest room — perhaps two. And I wish to give the again yard a significant overhaul. (The “bones” of the yard are strong, however the house is overgrown with ferns and weeds after practically a decade of neglect.)

So, these are my plans for 2023. Once more, discover how Get Wealthy Slowly just isn’t on this checklist.

I can’t determine what to do about Get Wealthy Slowly. What position does it play in my life? Does it play a job in my life?

That is half of a bigger query about what position I would like the web (and computer systems themselves, actually) to play in my life. Over the previous few years, it is grow to be clear that for me (as with many others, I do know) the web offers simply as many issues because it does options. And, in truth, I believe that my latest struggles with psychological well being have been exacerbated by the web. Even perhaps prompted by the web.

One possibility is to easily reduce the wire fully and stroll away. Promote the location. Quit writing about cash perpetually. Think about it a section of my life and transfer on. There are a whole lot of upsides to this selection, I am going to admit. However I am not satisfied it is the most suitable choice. What if I find yourself regretting the choice? What if I do determine I would like a spot to speak about cash once more?

In addition to, there are two large causes I wish to maintain Get Wealthy Slowly (or, maybe, Cash Boss in its stead). For one, I actually do wish to create a web based encyclopedia of private finance, a spot uncluttered by adverts and analytics and bullshit, a spot the place individuals can get dependable, unbiased cash information. Second, and maybe extra importantly, I am a author. I specific myself by way of phrases. I get pleasure from having an outlet to share what I am feeling. Identical to this!

So, I equivocate.

I commute.

I believe and I believe and I take into consideration one of the best course to take.

However you already know what? It isn’t a choice I’ve to make proper now. Proper now, one of the best factor is to easily do what I have been doing. It appears to be working. December has been all about me and my wants, and that is what 2023 can be too.

Within the coming yr, I will concentrate on health. I will proceed exploring artwork and watching films. I am going to hang around with buddies. In the end, I will journey once more. (I have already got plans to go to Colorado, Mexico, Greece, Ecuador, and extra!) I will spend time with Kim and our beasts. I will learn. I will prepare dinner.

And once in a while — for now, at the very least — I am going to drop by Get Wealthy Slowly to share what I have been considering and doing.

Completely happy holidays, everybody. I am going to see you subsequent yr.

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