On Birthdays

Today is my birthday.

In lieu of some self-indulgent rumination about the personal significance of the past year, the immense internal shifts that I've experienced, the newfound sense of perspective and groundedness I've gained, etc. (!) I thought I'd share a cheesy ritual that I've returned to around this time of year since I was 25: A Time Capsule Q&A, which I use to track the way I feel about work, love, and life itself.

Pinterest-y as the process can feel, I’m glad I’ve got a record of the past half decade or so to look back on now: Birthdays are essentially an arbitrary way to track change but we all need rituals to cling to, don’t we? I've included the questions below in case you want to instigate a birthday (or an 11/11) ritual of your own.

Thanks for reading this newsletter in 2019. Your vulnerable, generous, and endlessly supportive replies have been one of the highlights of my year.


Time Capsule Q&A


Where are you now?

What is the date? What is the weather like?

What are you listening to?

What are you reading?

What are you working on?

How do you feel in body and mind?

Who are you in love with?

Who do you feel close to?

What are you wishing for?

Where do you want to travel next?

What are you most worried about?

What is one amazing thing you expect to do in the coming year?

What is your favourite recent memory?

What were the top 3 accomplishments from the last year?

What made you laugh the most recently?

What are you best at?  What do you think are your greatest assets and skills?

What are your life goals at the moment?   Did you make any progress on them in the past year?

What are your wishes for the upcoming year?

What do you think you will be doing this time next year?  In 5 and 10 years from now?

What do you think will change about you over the next year?  How do you want to grow?

Things I did in my _ th year on Earth: