10 for the Tenth

How is it possible that we’re already ten days into the new year? Wasn’t I just fussing over my first Christmas Day turkey? (It was delish, by the way. Three cheers for food bloggers who share their tips and tricks!)

Here are ten suggestions for celebrating safely getting through the first ten days of 2018.

  1. Image result for letterWrite a letter to yourself, dated December 31, 2018. Remind yourself of your goals for this year and then congratulate yourself on all you accomplished and extend grace to yourself for mistakes you made. (You don’t need specific details—just express the sentiments.) Give yourself advice about any goals you didn’t achieve during the year. Either print it out and keep it somewhere safe (after writing a reminder in your planner/calendar to open it on December 31), or email it to yourself using a delayed delivery option. It will be interesting to open up that letter at the end of the year and reflect on how far you’ve come. Please let me know if you do this one!
  2. If you have a journal, jot down the first ten things (not the top ten things) you think of that you’re thankful for so far this year. They can be serious or silly—it’s your list and no one else needs to see it!
  3. /ʇxǝʇ-uʍop-ǝpısdn/ɯoɔ.sǝɯɐbʎsǝǝɥɔ.ʍʍʍ//:sdʇʇɥ :ǝɹǝɥ ʇxǝʇ ɹnoʎ dı1ɟ uɐɔ noʎ .ǝbɐssǝɯ uʍop ǝpısdn uɐ puǝıɹɟ ʇsǝq ɹnoʎ buıpuǝs sɐ ɥɔns ‘ʎ11ıs buıɥʇǝɯos op
  4. Get your tongue all twisted learning about these “10 words we’ve forgotten how to pronounce”.
  5. Download ten (or however many you want) fun new fonts from DaFont, one of my favourite free type foundries.
  6. Perform a random act of kindness for someone who would never expect it but might really need it today. You can find some ideas here.
  7. Get a head start on Lent / Easter preparations for your family by checking out my latest illustration project, a collaboration with author Anna Collier Sklar. She wrote a devotional book and I contributed the colouring pages. Read all about the series here. Here’s a sneak preview of my drawings: Lent collage
  8. Make a list of 10 people you know who are either going through a hard time or have some tough decisions to make. Keep the list in your pocket or on your desk and make a point of praying for one of them every time you have a little break or pause to stretch. You could even send them a quick note letting them know you prayed for them. Imagine how encouraging that would be!
  9. Start doodling. I’m serious! I always have a notebook with me when I go to meetings (except the ones I’m taking minutes for, which is (sigh) most of the time) and Bible studies. I occasionally take notes but, more often, I also doodle while I listen. This may seem impolite but I’ve learned that it actually sharpens my attention to the discussion that’s going on and I’m more engaged, not less. Don’t believe me? Check out this study and this one. There you go: Now you have permission to doodle! You’re welcome. 😉
  10. Take 10 minutes to enjoy one of my favourite celebrations of God’s awesome creation. This video, which combines Brian Doerksen’s song “Creation Calls” with BBC Planet Earth footage, is only 6 minutes and 22 seconds long, but you’ll probably need the other 3 minutes and 38 seconds to catch your breath. 🙂

Have a wonderful, joy-filled day! See you back here on Saturday.



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