I watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for the first time in a very long time last night. I remember making my Mom rent the VHS on a very regular basis from our local video store when I was a kid – feels like I’ve seen it a thousand times. It all came back to me the moment we put it on. I’ve been singing the songs in my head all day long, particularly a lyric in Golden Ticket when Grandpa Joe and Charlie sing,
“‘Cause I’d have said, It couldn’t be done / But it can be done.
I loooove that moment in the song (this one – the way Grandpa Joe sings his heart out!).
I don’t know what got into me to put it on, but I’m glad I did. Today, I leave for the Caymans to spend Christmas with my family under the sun after what has easily been the worst year I’ve had in about four years. In my career, my weight (hello, pounds I have not seen in some time!), my mental well-being, and with general life changes (weddings, moves overseas, etc.) I’ve had exceptional amounts of change, all of which have left me in this weird, uncomfortable and unknown space I’m trying to navigate.
The last few weeks in particular have been spent really slowing down and figuring out how to put my best foot forward in 2016. Part of that involves actually figuring out what I want to be when I grow up – does anyone ever actually get there? Let me know. I’m dying to find out.
I’m counting on this vacation to be my golden ticket. I think it will give me the quiet, calm end to this otherwise insane year. I’m looking to come back recharged, loaded up with a strong dose of Vitamin D to get me through January, along with some serious nurturing from my mother and father and time spent with my sisters. Nothing beats quality time with family, that’s for sure. I hope to regain my focus, gain some clarity on what exactly the path might start to look like in the coming year and get back to my best self (cliches for the win).
With that said, things will be quiet over here for a little while. I have lots of great things to share come January, but for now I’m pressing pause.
See you in 2016, friends – have a great holiday & happy new year!