The toast I made last evening as 2021 wound down happened at about 9pm, and it didn’t involve alcohol (although I have nothing against a coupe of Champagne), but rather a good hot cuppa, a simple chocolate truffle and me in my pajamas relaxing after a day on the coast having walked my and Norman’s legs off. It was blissful and just as I needed.
In fact, it was the moment you see above, sitting atop the dunes watching the King Tide roll in wave after cresting wave after cresting wave where I sat, meditating, pondering, gawking and simply listening to the symphony of the waves that provided a powerful punctuating end and signal to begin fresh that I will savor most of all when it comes to celebrating the start of the new year.
Every ringing in of the New Year unfolds differently, and this year I needed time for quiet contemplation to ground myself for a strong start of clarity into what I am confident will be an amazing new year, not only for TSLL but most importantly, for you, TSLL readers, as I hope what you find here on the blog in 2022 is of great value and inspires you to embrace all the possibility the new year brings into your own life and journey.
As TSLL readers know, I took this past week off as I do each year, staying off social media (in other words, Instagram), and posting only the Year in Review posts instead of the regular new weekly content. The only Friday of the year (yesterday) that the favorite weekly post This & That was not shared has passed, and rest assured, this coming Friday, January 7th, a new and FULL This & That will be shared. ☺️
In the meantime, at the end of today’s post, you will find I have gathered up a few posts and articles you might enjoy as I continue to explore and when they catch my eye, I want to share with you.
But first, what is in store for 2022 on TSLL?
I’d like to share a glimpse of what you can expect this coming year here in this post, but if you want to know ALL of the details and even more intimate conversation with me as well as the entire TSLL Community, be sure to explore becoming a TOP Tier Member as in this month’s A Cuppa Moments I share very specific details about the topics listed below and much more. And in each subsequent month’s regular chat you will stay in the know and get behind the scenes of what is upcoming and what has unfolded not only here on the blog but in my life and journey as well and most importantly finds and discoveries only shared with TOP Tier members.
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What to look forward to in 2022 on TSLL:
A few thoughts as 2022 begins . . .
I want to go deeper here on this blog and most importantly in life. What do I mean?
The week off from social media brought a gift of a wave of fresh air that let me be more fully present in the moment. Not taking my phone with me when I went on a much needed brain massaging cross-country ski even though the optics were GORGEOUS, not stopping to interrupt a conversation or a moment with a loved one because a vignette would look beautiful in a pic, not thinking about what would be ideal to the onlooker, but instead letting myself fully savor and soak up the goodness, the beauty, the connection I was fortunate enough to be present helped me to acknowledge, even though I love capturing beauty, I need to remember to experience fully the beauty I am so fortunate to be amongst.
However, I acknowledge, seeing such images from those I follow is powerfully inspiring, and I know you, TSLL readers, have told me as much about the images I post, so I am determined to find a balance that works because I know that when I am more grounded, when I am more present and engaged with my life, better content, more creative ideas grow and reveal themselves.
All of this is to say, in effort to live more actively in my own life and stop pausing the present to capture and share it in the future, I won’t be relying on social media as much in the new year to spread news about TSLL. I encourage you to do the same and I am confident you will begin to feel an elevation in the quality of your everydays. So where will I share news of new posts, news, releases, etc.?
- Be sure to sign up for the free daily, weekly or monthly newsletter
- Visit TSLL blog (The Simply Luxurious Life) every Monday, Wednesday or Friday for the regular postings to keep you inspired, informed and stylish in both your home and wardrobe.
- Tune in to the bi-weekly podcast – The Simple Sophisticate – wherever you enjoy listening to podcasts
- A new episode will be released on Monday January 3rd!
- episode #320 – full of inspiration to begin the new year well and enjoy a full year of awesome gifts
- A new episode will be released on Monday January 3rd!
- Explore becoming a Basic or TOP Tier Member of TSLL Community (you will be automatically subscribed to the free monthly newsletters when you join)
Thank you for choosing to stop by today. Most likely as you are reading this I am walking on the crisp, rainy beach in Oregon, watching Norman romp about and then returning to my cottage to listen to Vienna’s New Year’s Concert (and maybe watching it again in the evening when I arrive back at Le Papillon ☺️).
As promised, a few articles you might enjoy. Wishing you a WONDERFUL fresh new start in this new year. Until Monday, bonne journée.
~I especially appreciated #4 as well #1 on this list – 7 Essential New Year’s Resolutions for Introverts [Dear, Introvert]
~Yes to this! Opportunity is meant to be seized not watched as it passes us by – Don’t waste the good days [Seth Godin]
~If you are watching And Just Like That, and taking in all the details of each episodes, you will love this podcast – The Writer’s Room
~It is New Year’s after all and even if we haven’t written down any resolutions or revolutions as I like to call them, we all want a brighter year – 6 Ways to Increase the Odds of Success [Pick the Brain]
~Hopefully you too had time to catch your breath this past week, but if not, there are still two more days until a fresh new week begins. I enjoyed this article from The Atlantic to encourage embracing this unique week of the year – In Praise of the Dead Week at the End of the Year