Hi friends. This is a newsletter about writing and creativity and productivity but also it is a newsletter about me because there’s enough of my real life in here that I have to admit that is part of it, too. I have noticed that every so often something happens to me, or I do something new, like
I love Craft Talk. It makes me feel like I have just had a conversation with my best friend. Casual. Easy. Breezy. Thank you for this year of Talk. May your 2023 be filled with joy and plenty of ease. 🙃🎄♥️💋
I'm always happy when I'm reading a book that I look forward to getting back to. I'm about half-way through I Came All This Way to Meet You and really enjoying it. I read non-fiction and journal before I write every day and this book is really putting me in the head-space of considering the writer's life, the good, the bad, the ugly, the transcendent, all of it. So thank you for that!
"I have everything I need" is such a beautiful way of thinking about happiness. Thanks so much for this perspective, particularly in this busy and sometimes overwhelming season!
This. This makes me happy. For giving us all permission, in the face of harried lives and other precarious situations in the world, to simply be happy. Thank you!
I’m happy today too, for extremely general things. I spent a long time in a bookstore and found books for family members (and myself, shocker). I stopped at a restaurant on the way home to treat myself to a steak. I’ll be finding out the gender of my baby any day now. Little things that bring me incredible joy and fill up a life. I love your newsletter and love the sentiments in today’s especially. Happy New Year.
Love this post so much. I have written about the same thing on my blog...how we feel guilty about saying "I am loving my life!" but I'm with you. Celebrate these moments of loving life and being happy. Happy holidays to you all!
I also had a happiness epiphany this year after reading Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda. I told myself it was okay to practice being happy and go about my day thinking, I'm a happy person and I want to share my happiness. After a few days, I noticed I wasn't having to practice being happy as much, it started feeling more natural and organic.
Thank you for your newsletter - so many times over the year it says exactly what I need to hear or touches on the same things I've been thinking about
I'm so happy you're happy. I've been doing a year-end assessment myself and I have a pretty long list of people I'm grateful to, especially in this debut year for my novel. Booksellers, librarians, blurbing authors, literary festival people, podcasters, book clubs, readers. You and my #1000WordsOfSummer friends are on that list too. Mille grazie. Stay warm and happy holidays.
Stay safe through the freezes!! Thank you for your newsletter- I look forward to it every week. Today I’m happy because I’m wearing my favorite pair of sweatpants and I get to hang out with my siblings at home! Happy Holidays!
This was lovely! Thanks for sharing your happiness with us today - as well as a bit of your life to-do list, which is pretty great. And thank you for sharing your generous insights and dropping your writing wisdom into our inboxes this year and all the previous years.
What's making me happy today is the Winter Solstice. I'm here for it.
Wishing you warmth and continued happiness throughout this cold week, into the new year, and beyond!
Love this message. I’m happy for snoring dogs and sweater weather and slowing way down. Happy Holidays!!!
Feeling grateful for your newsletter - thanks for always bringing it with authenticity.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
I have had a hard year (cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment), and today got my first positive covid test and yet I still feel pretty happy. Bring it on, 2023! <3
Me too! Happiness for 'no reason' is a fairly recent development for me, because I was raised in a culture that would ask suspiciously, 'Why are YOU so happy?' Almost like you were pulling one over by being happy. And I guess we are! 😊
During the early days of the pandemic, I started a self-taught course in French and was delighted to learn that "content" in French translates to "happy." "I have everything I need," exactly.
I love this list: "I just have to make sure that I’m accomplishing everything on the list (being productive, supporting other people, being conscientious about my art, loving the people in my life well) and then I can go on with my day." I am happy about finding my way back into a writing practice again (after a derailment that was hard to end). . . . and about putting some new intentions in place. Always a good step at the holidays--some focus and intention amid the flurry of everything.