PLEASE MAKE IT 2017 ALREADY

Hello, friends.

This year has been rough. For me, it started with an offer for a Broadway show on January 1st, which seemingly promised excellent fortune in the months ahead, only to have said Broadway show cancelled 3 weeks into rehearsal. And that looked like peanuts with what followed in 2016. This year is ending in an incredibly volatile political and social climate not only in the United States, but in the world. We are either approaching crisis mode, or are already in crisis mode and will only be able to tell when we look back and say, “Oh, how good we had it back then when we were in crisis mode and didn’t know it!”

 

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We lost David Bowie, Prince, Florence Henderson, Edward Albee, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, and the one that pierces my heart most of all, Alan Thicke. There are humans using social media to beg for help and say their last goodbyes to the world, as what is left of their cities are being savagely bombed, and they are watching their friends and family be slaughtered right in front of their eyes, all in the name of power.

 

 

And for the cherry on top of my own personal pity pie, I might have mono. Yes, the virus that most of us got out of the way our freshman year of college when we kissed 87 people in the same night with no thought of germs, much less maybe raising our standards a little bit.

So, with 17 long days left to go (please be a happy day, Christmas), I’m going to look ahead to 2017 with a new plan.

While shopping at a local small business craft fair here in Chicago this past weekend, I came across a page-a-day calendar. Not the kind I know you’re picturing, with the crappy plastic stand that doesn’t actually stand even though its literal name is “STAND,” and the row of glue that hangs over the pages further and further as the year goes on and is impossible to rip off without the whole thing coming apart. No, this one was special.

For one thing, almost every product on the table it was displayed on bore the phrase “you are beautiful,” and being a human with an ego, I like when inanimate objects give me compliments. But I loved the beautiful, simply artistic and classic vibe it was giving me, and I also really like Post-It cubes, so it really spoke to me with its vertical shape.

But it was the name most of all. The name of the calendar is “Today.” And as we launch desperately out of this mess of a 2016 and emerge with renewed hope in 2017, I’m resolving to take it day by day. I’ve said this a lot in the past, but I mean it this time. And this calendar is going to help.daily_calendar_matthew_hoffman_5_60dde3bd-4a4a-4436-b8b4-af953eac448a_1024x1024

Many of you have been following along with my #PartyWithPatti initiative this whole year, where I celebrated as many “National Holidays” as I could manage. It was hard, and required a lot of planning, and a lot of the joy of celebrating was lost because I was constantly feeling bad for missing celebrations, or being forced to celebrate things I hated, like vegetables and healthy things and vegetables. When people asked if I was going to do that again, my immediate reaction was, “Hell, no!” I had a fantastic time and actually made some great new friends out of it, but it was a lot. So this year, I’m trying something new with “Today.”

Each day of the calendar has a new thought, just a few words long, that can mean absolutely nothing or a crap ton, depending on what you make of it. So each morning, I’m going to look at the phrase of the day, take a picture of it, share it, and see how it informs the next 24 hours. No cheating, no looking or planning ahead, just a lovely thing to look forward to every morning to make the day a little more fun, more challenging, more exciting, or just whatever. There is no pressure to “do,” though I know I will be inspired to.

And yes, I know that January 1st is just the day after December 31st, and the universe doesn’t actually reset itself, but guess what? I don’t really care. 2017 will be better, because I am going to make better things of it. And “Today” is going to guide the way.

So here we go! Let’s all hold virtual hands and get through the remainder of this sh*t pile of a year together. The only way out is love. And jokes. Lots and lots of jokes.

(To buy the calendar for yourself: https://you-are-beautiful.com/collections/art/products/today-daily-calendar)

(Also I literally do not know this man, so I’m not getting any sort of kickback or free stuff or anything. He legit doesn’t know I exist.)

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Here’s a picture of my dogs, just for fun.

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15 thoughts on “PLEASE MAKE IT 2017 ALREADY

  1. Pingback: My Weekly Goals Project | Literally Patti Murin

  2. Hi Patti,

    I just want to tell how much I love your blog, and how much I love you ! Really, you make me laugh so much, and your cutness it’s just WAW!

    I’m so proud of you, and proud to have idol like you because yes, you are one of my idol.
    You inspire me so much, thank you for to be just YOU like you are.

    We miss celebrities like you on this world !

    (Ps : do you have ship name with Colin ? Because i’m your big fan #1 Colin&Patti stan i love you like my parents ! )

    Keltoum ( @dawsonneli on twitter if you want to talk)

    xoxo

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  3. I’m sorry you’re not feeling well, and hope it gets better soon.

    After reading about your new calendar, it got me to thinking. I was struck by you mentioning it saying “You’re beautiful.” I don’t have the best self esteem, and part of that is because I felt I wasn’t good enough growing up (mainly because the things I WAS good at it, like choir and drama, were not of any interest to my parents). I’ve made the decision to stop allowing others to feel this way. My son is autistic, and is constantly seeking praise. So, I’m making it my goal to be sure to compliment him in some way each and every day. And while I’m at it, I’m also going to do my best to compliment a stranger each day as well. Since it’s January 1st, I’ll start with you. You make me smile about one thing or another on a regular basis, and I appreciate that very much.

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  4. This looks like a great project! Please cut yourself some slack if it just doesn’t happen some day. Life is like that.

    I hope you don’t have mono (or maybe that you do, one of my friends was told it might be mono and it ended up being worse.) It does suck. And I was just an 18-year-old college freshman with no responsibilities besides class and a job handing out foreign language tapes in the language lab a few hours a week when I had it and it was bad enough.

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  5. Patti, I do hope that you are feeling better soon. Thanks so much for a great year of laughter and, well, not-laughter. You raised some thoughtful points and I appreciated your perspective, particularly as I reread your old divorce post. I’m still working through, but I reread that piece from time to time and I get something new out of it. I do wish you a wonderful 2017. It’s going to be fabulous and better, isn’t it? I would love to share a dorky holiday card with you and your family (4-footed members included). If that’s possible in the digital world, please let me know. In any case…best wishes for a safe and wonderful holiday to you.

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  6. Aw, I really wanted to buy this but it’s rather expensive for a calendar!! Plus they may or may not ship it to the UK. Ah well. I hope you get feeling better soon and that 2017 will be a good year for healing. PS your puppies are beautiful too. x

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  7. I do hope you know how much fun and joy your brought to many people this year with your daily celebrations. We didn’t mind if you missed a few days here and there and I know I enjoyed celebrating many days right along with you (ummm, wine anyone?!).

    It comes down to how you connect with us online. You are so bright and cheery (even when you don’t feel up to it). Your openness makes it feels like we know you, even though we’ve only met in passing. I always look forward to your posts.

    Wishing you, Colin and the sweet pups a wonderful holiday. You are a delight and I look forward to following your adventures into 2017. Plus….Bachelor is almost back…Yippee!

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