I can take the cold and wet of winter. It’s the darkness that gets me. So when the sun is out, I bolt from the house. We’re retired. We have the time. No sense staying locked up and losing those precious rays. In fact, it’s calling my name right now.
One of my rules for retirement…
When in doubt, bake.
Just a couple of loaves for Christmas Day breakfast: onion/cheese and plain cheese.
Their sweet dough ‘cousins’ are resting comfortably in the fridge. They might end up as cinnamon rolls tomorrow afternoon. The dough’s flavor improves with a couple of days’ respite basking in the 35 degrees.
“…get whatever is in you out.”
Todd Henry began ‘speaking to me’ way back in 2015 when part of my job was to create something ‘new’ or ‘more original’ than what was already out there.
This author/creator of four books [Die Empty, The Accidental Creative, and Louder Than Words, and Herding Tigers–I have the first three.] has been a go-to ‘mentor’ ever since. NON-affiliate link to his books
Let’s ‘listen in’ to this excerpt from his newsletter that arrived today [March 30, 2018]:
“You have one job: get whatever is in you out. Your one and only job today, and every day, is to get whatever is in you out. Not tomorrow’s work, not yesterday’s work, but today’s. On my computer monitor is a note that reads, “Can I lay my head down tonight satisfied with the work I did today?” If I have made my contribution that day, I can rest with a clean conscience.
Do not be dulled, friends. Do not allow the lull of comfort to cause you to abdicate your contribution. Stay sharp. Keep your edges. Nothing – NOTHING – is worth giving up the most precious thing you have to offer.”
Pep talk: Hey, there is not this vast expanse of creative time and energy in front of us. We have to get to it. Now. Find your creative tools of choice. Start with five minutes. Then maybe ten minutes the next day. And let’s see where it takes us.