2015 was not my favourite year.
Professionally, I spent the entire year feeling like I was both spinning my wheels and shouting into a void. Attempts at advancement were ignored and while I enjoyed completing a certificate program I took throughout the year, some major goals I set to accomplish by the end of the program didn’t come to fruition.
Personally, I saw my family struggle with disappointment and illness. I struggled to feel a sense of direction in my life and my career and to feel like the things I did with my time mattered in any way larger than myself.
Ultimately, and whether I liked it not (and I did not!), 2015 was a year of patience and foundation building. And the foundation I’m most proud of is this blog and the things I share here with you.
So, what does this have to do with beer and wine?
Well, it’s a new year, and a new January specifically. For a lot of people that means going ‘dry’, or abstaining from alcohol as a way of wringing themselves out from the indulgence of the holidays. I was never one for abstaining, but I am starting to see the draw in hitting that metaphorical reset button.
I get the draw of a Dry January. It’s about taking a step back. About making the effort to pause your habits so you can think about what it is you really want to be doing. That is an idea I can get behind.
The tagline of this blog is ‘tasting with intention’. When I first wrote that phrase I wanted to make a statement advocating for an end to mindless drinking and turn toward more thoughtful choices in what I consumed and enjoyed. Ideally, I would either learn something new from everything I drink or welcome it like an old beloved friend.
So instead of a Dry January I’m making a conscious return to that original idea. I had a great time over the holidays slurping up whatever looked good, but we all know that sort of behaviour can’t last forever. It’s a treat to be able to be, as my friend Martha calls me, the ‘Little Funnel’. There’s a time and place, but sadly those times and places can’t be common if you want a long and healthy life.
Call it a resolution if you want. I think I’ll call it a righting of the ship. I’d rather drink less of what I love than more of what I’m indifferent toward. Wouldn’t you?