Is it Resolution Time, Yet?

It's easy this time of year to get caught up in the excitement of the holiday season, twinkly lights and all, but few really think about the new year until after the Christmas hubbub settles down.  That's where those resolutions start sprouting, promising to be better at fill-in-the-blank.  For me, I find my thoughts most days drifting to the new year and how I can achieve my lifelong dreams, along with those day-to-day struggles we all seem to have.  Big and small, resolutions are a way to refocus our attention on things that really matter.  

I have heard a few interesting quotes lately, both coincidentally by Mark Twain, that seem particularly fitting to my mindset these days.  The first because I find myself worrying about the outcome of decisions that I am weighing.

Resting is Good for Daydreaming...

I know that y'all are expecting the before and after reveal that I promised you last week, but unfortunately, you are not going to get it quite yet.  There are several finishing touches that have to be done on the space still, and since I am laid up once again with knee and hip issues, those finishing touches will have to wait.  Even if it kills me (and it is!).

In the meantime, I am daydreaming of all the things I would rather be doing than resting...

Train Rides...
though this time, perhaps, of the Christmas variety.

The Best Banana Bread You Will Ever Eat

I know that is a loaded title, but it is truly the best I have ever had!  Mine usually turns out quite dense, and I am always trying to find ways to make recipes healthier, which doesn't always turn out as nice.  I cannot take credit for this recipe, as I stole it from a nutritionist whose blog I stalk follow (her potato leek soup with homemade parmesan thyme croutons is equally amazing).  It is a bit of an indulgence, but husband requested banana bread yesterday and as we had some bananas to use up, I was happy to oblige.

♡ Gratitude Journal ♡

Fresh off a visit to the city by the bay, I am holding on tight to the things that I am grateful for.  I always appreciate reflecting on these things even more during the holiday season.

Thoughtful Christmas surprises...
...that come just when you need a little sunshine in your week.