December might just be my favorite month of the year. I love the early evenings, the new snow, the holiday lights, the anticipation of one year ending and a new one beginning. I love the traditions my own family observes with time together, special foods, gift-giving, re-watching A Christmas Story for the umpteenth time.
I especially love having some time away from my computer. This week has been particularly busy as I’ve caught up with all the submissions coming in over at Gyroscope Review, where I am co-editor with my friend and colleague Constance Brewer, with some help from our assistant editor Josh Colwell. Our reading period closes on Saturday, December 15, but our winter issue won’t be available until January 15, 2019. We are allowing ourselves a break, time to recharge, celebrate the holidays, and think about how we balance our work and our lives.
That recharging has become more and more important to me as I’ve gotten older. The rapidly changing lives of people around me have reminded me in no uncertain terms that none of us can put off things like spending time with people we love or taking good care of ourselves. One thing that I’m really clear about for the coming year is that I will not be available 24/7 via email or Facebook Messenger or text. Sometimes my phone will be silenced. Email probably won’t get read on Saturday and Sundays.
Working hard is something I do well. Recharging before I get cranky is something I need to do better. So, welcome December with all the holidays and dinners with friends and shared bottles of wine and moments on the couch in a fuzzy blanket. You’re just in time.
How do you recharge?