We’ve pretty much finished with the holiday season, and lots of us are thinking about both the year ahead, as well as the prospect of going back to work or at least resuming normal life in the next day or two. I’m going to squeeze in one more day of some kind of break, since last week did have some work days in it, and I’m really not mentally ready to go back to full time full speed ahead yet. This month, along with doing the next chapter of my yearly book reading challenge, I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I decided to participate because one of my goals for this year is to spend more time working on content for my sites instead of pouring content into social media platforms I don’t own. I think social media can be valuable, but far too often it provides us an excuse to be toxic toward each other and I want to do my part to decrease that a little less. I haven’t picked my phone up off the nightstand yet but I’m seriously considering removing any Twitter apps from my phone. Facebook is already gone and I really haven’t missed it that much. I can use Twitter on the desktop to find links for later reading, which I’ll start saving to my own websites as bookmarks. this was a goal I had for last year but I never got around to actually implementing it, so I’m keeping it for this year. Of course there’s the obligatory “do better when it comes to health/weight” goal that I think most of us start with, and that’s also part of my list, but for a slightly different reason. I haven’t set a weight-loss goal I think is unattainable, but at least for theh last month I’ve pretty much eaten all manner of good things and now it’s time to buckle down and resume eating more healthily. I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s posts from the Ultimate Blog Challenge and commenting on the one’s I read and have something to say about. It will be fun to build new relationships, rekindle some old ones, and find new things to explore. For now, it’s time for coffee.


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