A Dispatch from the Threshold of 2023 🚪🎇

I don’t know if I’ll get to do all the year-end/new year transition things I’d hoped to do today: tarot stuff, bullet journal migration. I need a nap and my right wrist is hurting and I think my left will soon follow. But guess what? Listening to my body is a great way to mark this transition.

Instead of one word for 2023, I have two:


Tomorrow I’ll share more about my intentions for the year with Leigh Bardugo’s Begin As You Mean to Go On and Kim Werker’s Year of Making. But I have three intentions for the new year:

  1. Read for pleasure.
  2. Make things.
  3. Take walks.

More on those tomorrow.

And I want to keep moving toward living in alignment with my core values:

  • Curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Care

That’s all for now. I’ll share more soon.

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Kimberly Hirsh, PhD @KimberlyHirsh
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