Last year, I put together the questions I was asking myself in an end-of-year exercise to help you reflect, reset, and refresh for the coming year. I noticed recently that people have been downloading the 2017 version of this ebook, so I revamped it for this year.
I remember describing myself as an “avid reader” when I was something like 12. I was precocious and overly ambitious with my vocabulary, and that’s why when I tried to impress someone by telling them about my “avid” reading, I accidentally use the word “advent.”
I need a single bowl of tomatoes for dinner, but the plant is overflowing with the delicate orange orbs. It’s the end of an extravagantly fertile summer that began with a slow spring and plentiful rain, a rarity for our high desert climate. My garden has responded to the weather, heavy with produce.
“Hold on, Mom,” she says, dismounting from her pink bicycle again. She crouches down, her face inches from the ground. “This is important,” she tells me. We’re on one of our walks through the neighborhood, and already we’ve paused like this many times.