What I’m Loving in January

January in this part of the world is winter time and although here in California, winter means having to occasionally wear real shoes, I do enjoy winter travel, best of both worlds so to speak. My December trip to Japan inspired the purchase of a new jacket. The Uniqlo brand – a Japanese company, how’s that for coincidence – has immediately become a favorite.

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The jackets are SO LIGHTWEIGHT, it’s incredible! And warm, so toasty warm!  It really did pack down into a bag just slightly larger than a can of Diet Coke. When packed down, it fit into the pocket in the side of my backpack that is sized for a water bottle. I loved the jacket so much I decided to splurge on a vest for ballet class; it is a perfect layer to start out a winter day ballet class.

I’m also loving the Believe Training Journal from runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas. Even though it is written for runners with just a bit of imagination, it’s easily adaptable for any physical training, including dance! I still want to write one specifically for the dancer but for now this training journal is working out wonderfully as I re-enter my dance training.

Believe Training Journal by Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas

It’s a great journal but I still need a planner. I’m loving this new planner by a millennial start up company. The Passion Planner gives an opportunity to be creative and self-inspiring while organizing and scheduling life in the way that I often need to if I have any chance of getting things done.

Some additional photos as asked for!

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I’m also spending time listening to David Bowie’s final album (do we still call them albums?). Isn’t it still shocking that he’s gone?! His last gift of music is pretty incredible – dramatic and lush, as always, pure Bowie. I’m also watching all of my Alan Rickman movies. Sense and Sensability has always been a goto film for me because of him and Emma Thompson. Another immense loss for the world, how I loved Mr. Rickman. And the final season of Downton Abbey is upon us. I don’t have television service so I actually have to wait until it comes out on DVD so as I wait I’ve been reading The Countess of Carnarvon books, Lady Almina and the Read Downton Abbey and Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey. Both great reads while I wait for my pre-ordered DVDs to come from PBS – yes, I still like having something in my hands vs. the downloads, someday maybe I’ll get onboard with downloading movies.

Happy January!!

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