▨ Jamie McHale

December 2020

Christmas in Edinburgh

This Christmas was the first I’ve spent apart from my family. It was a strange one, but we made the best of it.

I’m celebrating the arrival of the vaccine. It’s a relief to know that we’re starting to make progress, and I’m glad to see people that I know recieve their vaccinations. Although the next few months will be tough, I think there is light at the end of the tunnel.

A beautiful tree in snow in the Pentlands
In the Pentlands

I did a fair amount of running in December. I finally hit my annual running goal of 1000km towards the end of the month.

We also did some walking in the Pentlands in the snowy weather. It was very beautiful, and I’m grateful to have access to nature on my doorstep.

I composed a long thread of skills I would like to learn, read Against Empathy by Paul Bloom, Good Economics for Hard Times, by Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee and The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel A. van der Kolk. I also went back and took some more notes on Lisa Feldman Barrett’s How Emotions are Made,

I’m looking forward to next year, running and reading. Things will be quiet here for the next few months as we get through a lockdown with strict stay-at-home orders. Wishing you the best of health for 2021!