When I selected “enrich” as my yearly theme word for 2023, I set many objectives.
There were several that I was most successful at:
keep reading regularly and finish a book club book on time – In 2021, I joined Sharon Says So‘s book club but this year was the first year that I managed to read almost all the books, at least 2 of which I finished on time. It’s nice to be back in the swing of reading and I’m very excited about the picks for the new semester that starts today – A Fever in the Heartland and The Warmth of Other Suns.
do more cooking and add in more new recipes – My Favorite Recipes of 2023 post had almost twice as many recipes as the 2022 post. With my kids now ages 4 and 7, I’ve begun cooking more variety and worrying less about whether they’ll eat it. There were certainly some weeks that involved minimal cooking, but I think I’m getting back in the swing of things.
eat at more restaurants – Thanks to the arrival of my in-laws (more on that below) and the generosity of my son’s daycare provider, Brian and I did do more eating out this year. We were able to have fantastic food and drinks at Bluebird & Co, Casita, The Bistro Box, Hot Plate Brewing, Otto’s Kitchen & Comfort and Public, among others. (Side note: if you need more Relishments restaurant content in your life, follow me on Instagram)
My life was also enriched by:
my in-laws moving closer – Brian’s parents moved to the Berkshires at the end of the summer and it has been such a gift. It’s been great to spend time with them on a regular basis and share our lives with each other. Additionally, it is so refreshing to not panic every time we need daycare or school coverage (especially this year when my daughter started a week after Brian and I).
buying a bicycle – Ten years ago, Brian and I bought a house not far from the Ashwillticook Rail Trail. Every spring since, I have dreamed and debated about buying a bicycle. In April, I finally took the plunge and it was the best purchase I made all year. After some initial re-learning, my spring, summer and fall were enriched by rides up and down the trail, enjoying the sunshine, seeing wildlife and getting exercise.
home projects – This year we finally had someone renovate our laundry room and replace our front door, which were also dreams since we bought our house. The improved appearance and insulation have made life in our home more enjoyable and enriched its organization. We also finally bought a new dining room table which seats us more comfortably and gives us room for guests, transitioned my son to a “big boy room”, and scheduled a basement renovation for this coming year.
switching to using a menstrual cup – I’ll keep this short, but my only regret is that I didn’t switch sooner.
becoming a Swiftie – I’ve enjoyed Taylor Swift since her “Tim McGraw” days, but thanks to social media, my daughter and the Eras Tour, I became a serious fan this year. Though having good music to listen to is enriching of itself, I especially enjoyed the opportunity to bond with my students around Taylor Swift news, as well as hosting of Taylor Swift trivia and bracelet making as enrichment options for them during the school day.