Huzzah, 2016! We welcome you.

“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I love a new year for its shiny optimism, good intentions, and unlimited possibility. It appears cleanly wrapped and crinkles when you take it out of the box. What a year it is sure to be! Complete with a Presidential Election, the Summer Olympics in Rio, and even more British television programming in the US. And who isn’t moved by the crisp pages of blank calendars, journals, and fashionable adult coloring books ready to be filled with creative ponder and expression. And as I move ever swiftly towards my 40th birthday, I still contend that even years have always come out on top of odd years in my life. So Huzzah to 2016! We welcome you.

I am sure many of you are thinking that surely it won’t be so rose colored. You might be right at the end of it all, but here at the dawn of the year it feels scrumptious and rather grand in its newness? I do have my own concerns, though in truth. My concerns lie in regards to current global events, the seemingly lack of empathy we seem to possess for each other, the speed with which we live life, new technologies and their effect on our conduct and connection with each other, a receding of good manners and ages old forms of decorum here at home, and growing discontent with the political institutions on both sides of the aisle. As well as other woes of our modern, fast-paced lives of consumption. Still, there is hope and grand potential in a new year as so many people clean out closets, organize offices, and set about writing their resolutions. I have a few of my own.

My intention this New Year is to write a weekly blog for you about any and everything that comes to mind when I sit down at my desk. The topics are sure to vary over the course of the year. I intend to leave the past in the past, the future in the future, and to live and enjoy myself more in the present. I made it three days into this new year practicing the art of tidying up and hope to at least make the attempt once a week to live a more orderly life. I plan on brushing up on my manners, etiquette, and ways of relating to others as well as to be a better friend to the friends in my life. I am going to try to whine less about completing certain daily tasks and errands when asked. I might even try to learn to cook(a first!). I seek to be more understanding and accepting of others. I once again devote myself to academic learning and social service, to education, to my own art, and to historical preservation. I also hope that we read and talk more in our house and use technological gadgetry far less for our entertainment. And then there are the important tasks of staying on top of laundry, exercise, health, deadlines, and house maintenance. It will be a year full of promise and of much activity.

So raise your glass to this our New Year and to our adventures together as we walk, run, dance, laugh, or muddle through it! I wish you all well and that excitement, awe, meaningful work, great books, and memorable experiences be yours in the coming year.

Always, 
Ryan