There’s really nothing better during the winter months than enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. Actually, Philippe would say there’s nothing better than chocolate in any form it comes. But being able to drink melted chocolate always brings back fond memories of childhood. We, of course, had those little packets of powered cocoa, but they weren’t quite the same as the rare occasions when I was treated to a cup of pure chocolatey goodness. I’m rather sure this would be the main, if not only, drink served in heaven. And yes, a cloud of whipped cream on top is a definite requirement for me. As wonderful as chocolate may be, that dollop of cream is, for me, what truly adds the magic. This, however, is an imagined drink as I perfectly failed in getting Philippe to make some for me. His reasoning was indeed sound as he said, “we’ve eaten like pigs these last few days,” but that did nothing to assuage my cravings. Nor does it mean that I’ll likely give up on this new quest and will certainly be trying again very soon.
It’s true, though, that the holidays are a rather gluttonous experience. From gifts to food, everything seems to come in a wild abundance. This is, of course, the entire reason the holidays are so spectacular, and why the New Year always comes with an onslaught of ads for exercise and fitness. This pairs well since the top two resolutions made for the New Year are always to exercise more and lose weight. And the trick is that none of that needs to start until the clock strikes midnight next week! These next few days are thankfully still considered holiday time and diets need not apply until after that last party. Though controlling one’s weight is certainly important, I was pleased to read that something else good for the heart appears in the Top 5 resolutions. This one is “to learn a new skill or hobby,” which I think is the best resolution of all! And if you read my posts and haven’t yet tried to make your own doodlewashes, then I hope you’ll make it your resolution to join us in 2019!
In all honesty, I don’t love the term “resolution” as it sounds a bit oppressive and can come with feelings of disappointment and failure. Instead, I simply make a little “dream” list in my head of things I’d like to DO in the coming year. My dreams are fluffy and imprecise things, like whipped cream, sending me down a particular path, but never demanding that I can’t take a fun fork in the road should one appear. Rather than thinking about things with a surgical precision, I just phrase things with a more hopeful “I’d like to try…” For example, I’d like to try writing another book next year. Sure, this gives me a bit of an out should a book not actually be completed. But, most importantly, it simply gives me permission to do something I’d love to do. It’s a beautiful treat waiting for me and my inner child to enjoy together, rather than some stern demand from my ever-irritating adult brain. Just a little something special to enjoy that’s good for the heart and soul, like drinking chocolate.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!