The Here Year

Posted On: 04.10.14
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Five years ago today, I started this blog.

To celebrate my blogiversary, I’m announcing something I’ve been thinking about and planning for a long while now:

The Here Year. 

During the coming year, I will focus on one thing: being here, present in this life I’ve built and love. Each month, I will think about, research, and write about a different topic. (How much of my thoughts/writing will be here is something I’m still considering. My gut tells me that to be here in my life, I cannot be here on the blog all of the time, but I will pop on with updates and insights and research questions.)

April has been Home. As my Instagram feed evidences, I have been making serious efforts to declutter our place. My theory is that clutter is distracting and takes us away from here. This is just one lens through which I’m looking at the theme of Home.

As my beloved therapist says, You are a project person, Aidan. You do well with a goal. Oh and I am. Oh and I do. I like to have goals and my goal is that by my sixth blog anniversary in April 2015 I feel much more clear and much more here.

Another thing! Not a small thing either. In an effort to be more present in my life (& also to be best-equipped to juggle mothering my three girls, finishing novel #2 (going very well!) and all else), I will forgo alcohol for this coming year. I did my Year Without Wine and I know myself and how much better and brighter I feel without it in my life – even though I will certainly miss my occasional glass o’ Pinot. Note: I’m stating this here to hold myself accountable :)

Another year. Another experiment. I do hope you’ll follow along!


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Oh, and footnote, our very good friend Jason Chaet’s movie Putzel had its international release this week and it’s just such a fantastic and thoughtful film. Admittedly, we are a tad biased around here, but I know you will all just love this Upper West Side love story!


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16 Comments for: "The Here Year"
  1. As you know, I love, love, love this project. I look forward to learning as you do. xoxo

    • Aidan Donnelley Rowley

      Thanks, you. You are one of the very few people whom I’ve discussed this with and you know it’s something I’ve been dreaming up for a while. I think I was so bogged in figuring out what it should be that I was stalling, but now I’ve decided to jump in. Have already learned so much and can’t wait to learn more. And to share what I’ve learned. Still nailing down my next 11 topics, so do let me know if you have any thoughts. xoxo

  2. Heather

    I am so ready to go on this journey with you, to witness this and as always, to be inspired by what deep thoughts and hard questions your projects prod us to inevitably chat about at that white kitchen island. And, yeah, thank you for your support of me, of J, of T, of my family…we are truly lucky and don’t know what we’d do without you guys in our world. Here’s to the next year, A. It’s going to be amazing, hard, complex, intense, and thrilling, all that it should be. I just know it. xo

  3. Aidan, I am so excited to hear about this new project! What an exciting and ambitious undertaking! I’m looking forward to hearing all about how you get to and stay HERE and where that is for you along the way… It is a constant battle for so many of us, something we face down, struggle with, and triumph over (Rinse. Repeat.)

    As for the eleven topics to follow – they will surely present themselves when your trek to getting HERE, leads you THERE.

    Can’t wait to hear (and read) all about this journey! xoxo

  4. Melissa

    I have read every one of your blog posts as well as your fantastic novel “Life After Yes”. This is my first time commenting. I relate to so many of your thought provoking posts and questions. And I have read almost all the books you have recommended. In short, you are an inspiration! I’m looking forward to following you on your next project! Very exciting! Happy blog anniversary. You have already made quite an impact and I thank you for that :)

  5. You’re taking the plunge into a place I often feel I should be…here. I am already inspired by your posts and look forward to learning from this journey.

  6. Exiting to have a project! I love these sorts of ideas (Happiness Project, etc) and I’ll enjoy following along. The wine . . . another year . . . I’m in awe.

  7. Morgan McCallin

    This is wonderful! As a project person, I totally get this and find that the task of being more present, more aware, more mindful takes a conscious and concerted effort — but might just be the most important project there is. Several years ago, I studied abroad in South Africa; it was an incredible experience for so many reasons. Admittedly, learned one of the most valuable lessons in their cafes. When I would ask for a cup of coffee to go, I was met with blank stares or the scrambling to assemble a makeshift cup-lid arrangement. It was foreign to them (and to me) that I did not come to sit, stay and savor my coffee, but rather just as a way to “fuel” up and keep moving. In reality, I did have time to “experience” my coffee and all that the cafe had to offer — other customers, local magazines, and delicious pastries. Obviously we live in a fast-paced world, especially living in Manhattan, and sometimes coffee on the go is truly the only way, but the idea of “just being” continues to stick with me. Look forward to following along with you, both here and over on Instagram! Thanks for the inspiration, as always — have missed your posts.

  8. I love how you embrace innovation.
    Looking forward to your newest project, Aidan.

  9. I look forward to reading your next year! I am trying to go back to a whole year of running! A year without making excuses really. Love your posts!

  10. I’ve seen mention of your Here Year on Instagram but am just now able to do a bit of blog reading for the first time in a while so I feel like I’m finally clued in. Can’t wait to scroll through some of your more recent posts and to see where all this leads you (and us as your readers) throughout the year!

  11. I’m definitely a project person too which is why I get excited when I see others embarking on exciting new projects like this. I’m excited to delve into your HERE year findings.

  12. This sounds like such a fascinating collaboration! I’ve been a fan of Lindsey’s blog for a while now and now I have another writer to follow :) Looking forward to seeing what word magic you two cook up.

  13. New to you, but feel you’re a kindred spirit already. I name my months as well, although I’m off to read about your year without wine. Not sure we can be on the same page with that one!

    Enjoyed the twitter party today … looking forward to more of you (here, IG, twitter … everywhere!)

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