We’ve Made it to December

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Hello there close friends! I am a individual who enjoys pointing out that it is raining when it’s raining. (Is that a midwestern factor? I do it all the time.) It is the identical for the months of the year, so remember to do not be mad at me for exclaiming, can you believe it is December?! As the times get shorter and cooler I uncover myself nesting and reflecting on my yr, implementing the Danish principle of “hygge” (pronounced hyoo-guh) – the softest blankets, the nicest smelling candles, and lamps of each sort.

This calendar year, even though incredibly tough, was about finding help from the most unexpected of locations. Performing with Pleasure has been a desire and let me know all operate environments aren’t abusive, they can be healing and pleasurable, a thing I genuinely did not know existed just after leaving my preceding position. I have a supportive, lovely companion that can help me be the ideal version of myself and can make me want to assistance suitable back. My spouse and children and mates have been there by it all being remarkable. I’m so grateful.

In the spirit of reflection, this month Team Joy the Baker will be giving you our top rated 10 favorites to wrap up 2022. Of system, be sure to chime in with your favorites as well, I really like looking at what brings you pleasure! Let’s get into it!


Motion picture of the calendar year

Almost everything All over the place All At At the time – turns out I saw a person movie in theatre this calendar year and this was it. I regret nothing. To begin with, Michelle Yeoh is a queen by and via. Next, this movie built me experience indescribable emotions felt very long immediately after viewing. You should, look at this movie. (A24)


Levar Burton Reads – as a kid who grew up with Star Trek and Looking at Rainbow, Levar Burton is a private hero of mine. He’s amusing, amazingly good and witty, I just like him. He also has the studying voice of an angel – the initial story he browse I burst into tears out of nostalgia. It’s best for plane rides, also. (Stitcher)


RENAISSANCE by Beyoncé – no 1 should really be surprised. I did not submit my Spotify Wrapped or Apple Audio Replay this year since there was a person artist on it. She merely will not let me go! Or am I refusing to enable go? The response is indeed. (Spotify)


Beneath the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune – rarely does a book make me cry, but this ebook did just that. Wallace lives a rigid existence and passes absent without him acknowledging it. This e-book chronicles Wallace’s journey from daily life to loss of life and over and above in the most poignant way that will reshape what you believe about existence and love. (Bookshop)

Television set demonstrate

The Bear – there is not substantially else I can say that has not already been said about this remarkable clearly show, together with Kim’s entire Sunday publish about it that I like. This demonstrate is all the things I want – rapid paced, Chicago based mostly, and drily hilarious. Truthfully, I have to have to capture up on some stellar Television, like Severance, but “The Bear” will be rewatched numerous moments. (Hulu)


Scenes from an Open up Marriage from Jean Garnett – sometimes I’ll be likely about my lifetime like ordinary and then assume, “Oh my gosh I marvel how Jean is doing appropriate now??” This posting carries on to stick with me. Thank you to Toby for the suggestion, it rocked my dang world. (The Paris Evaluation)


Hen and Sausage Jambalaya – I built this for Mardi Gras this year and I almost sat in entrance of the stove to take in the whole pot. It’s THAT great. There’s so significantly flavor and spice, and rice is one of my really like languages. Paired with a sweet pazcki later on, it was my preferred food of the calendar year. (Joy the Baker)


Juno Sushi in the Lincoln Park community of Chicago – I am a big enthusiast of sushi, but heading to Juno was my to start with omakase working experience. That means “I depart it up to you,” the chef serves whichever is fresh new that working day in 12 to 15 small plate courses. I did not know seafood could style so divine. I maintain saying “it was like motorboating the ocean,” and I stand by that.

Destination or party

KAYTRANADA at the Aragon Ballroom – this occasion rang in the New Year for me. Have you ever been to a live performance by on your own? It is a non secular working experience. It is just you and the new music unencumbered. I walked property from the location at 1am in the rain sensation like my 12 months started off out extremely appropriate. (Spotify)

Splendor solution

Clean up It Zero double cleanse – friends, let me explain to you about the wonders of Korean skincare. To say it is been a recreation changer is an understatement. It is not as numerous methods as you imagine but it teaches you to seriously get your time with your skincare regimen simply because your pores and skin justifies it and it’s the final self care. (Soko Glam)

What got you by way of this 12 months?

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