writings and Reflections

My Winter Break “Done” List
Tara Christie Kinsey

If you are anything like me, you are apt to jump headlong into your "To Do" list. Yet recently I learned about the benefits of setting your "To Do" list aside (if only for a few moments) in order to make a "Done" list. I gave it a try and found it to be a helpful little exercise to bring closure to the winter break and get myself in the right frame of mind to return, with presence, to my work at Hewitt, especially at the outset of the new year.
So, in the spirit of the exercise, I share below my Winter Break "Done" list:

  1. Played board games with my family.
  2. Turned my alarm clock off and slept in.
  3. Played a few enjoyable games of pool with my husband.
  4. Enjoyed listening to some beautiful bluegrass music (and enjoyed being present enough to listen closely to the words).
  5. Went for long walks with my dog Gus.
  6. Bonded with my 13-year-old son during our first long-distance run together.
  7. Read What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner.
  8. Laughed and spent precious time while running errands with my 11-year-old daughter.
  9. Spent many quiet and peaceful hours in the kitchen preparing meals (including Director of Admissions and Enrollment Amy Jablonski's lasagna) and delivering them to friends and family.
  10. Went for a hike with my family.

Before we dive into yet more doing in this new year, I encourage you to pause and consciously cultivate presence in your life by taking a few moments to write down and share your “Done” list--whether that “Done” list is just for the Winter Break or for the year 2020 more broadly. Share your list with friends, family, or colleagues. 

As we begin 2021, I am grateful to know that I am among a community of colleagues, families, and students who care so genuinely and deeply for one another, who pull together in challenging times, and who are committed to our mission of bringing about a better and brighter future. Better and brighter days are ahead.

May 2021 be good to you, your loved ones, and our wonderful school.

Dr. Kinsey shared this message with Hewitt parents, guardians, upper school students, faculty, and staff on January 4, 2021.

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