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It's the Island Life | Weekly Snapshot

By the time this post is published, we will all be back home, but right this moment, as I type this up, we are enjoying our last day at Daufuskie, a secluded island near Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA. We were lucky to score a cottage (without having to break the bank) with front-row access to the beach, something that has always been on my bucket list and that I was thrilled to cross off.  This week has been very refreshing and just what I needed - a getaway, a break from it all, a retreat with family with no thoughts of work, to-do lists, and chores getting in the way. The island sure runs on its own time. The streetlights aren't turned ON at night to avoid attracting turtles too far from their ideal nesting place. There's the alligator crossing time at night when they go from pond to pond visiting friends (and hence tourists are advised to stay home when it's dark). There are very few cars - instead the preferred mode of transportation is via golf carts, which can go o

Happy New Year! May the odds be ever in your favor, 2021

Happy New Year, dear readers and bloggers! I hope you achieve great things this year and have much to celebrate about. I doubt anyone will say that they miss 2020 - for almost all of us, this new year is already very different from every past year, and for some, it's much harder due to loss of a job or a friend/family member. 


If there's one big lesson I picked up last year, it is to expect the unexpected - sometimes go with the flow and at other times, adapt. If neither helps, then feel free to get lost in your favorite hobby. That won't solve the problems but may leave you in a state ready to tackle them with a fresh mind. There is no doubt that there are heavy expectations being placed on 2021. There's a vaccine, a new US President, and the hope of being able to walk out of your house without keeping your 6-foot distance. While all our problems aren't going to disappear this year, it's great to feel hopeful that some may. 

I'm ringing in the year with Barack Obama's A Promised Land, for Sheila's First Book of the Year. I've been saving this book for today and cannot wait to get lost in his lyrical writing. I welcomed last year with Michelle Obama's Becoming, so this is only fitting. 



I've been somewhat absent these past few weeks. Work's mostly to blame but also, I felt the need to ignore those to-do lists and just take it real easy. The holidays are after all meant for that. Our routines are changing again next week, with both kids going to school/preschool and I'll be trying to get most of my work done before the kids are home. So we'll see how it goes.

But until then, happy new year again, and have a great day! 

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