The Best of 2023

My motto for the last couple weeks has been: “That sounds like a January problem.” 

So when it came to the last podcast of the year (and even though it’s my most favorite thing we do) I decided to make it a problem for our lovely team: Ann Marie Taepke and Sam Allen. (They are pictured in the photo above along with another crucial member of our team, Desmond!)

When you get to the end of a year, it can be hard to see how much you’ve accomplished. I’ve talked about it before, but I don’t rest well. I feel like I always feel like I have to be doing something productive. This can make it hard to reflect and appreciate all the time and effort that goes into things. 

Does this happen to you, too?

Learning More About Each Other

On this week’s podcast, we did a Best of 2023 episode (and we had a lot of fun.) During the show, Penn and I were asked what we learned about each other this year. For Penn, he learned that when I was about 8 or 9, I won a state competition in piano. (For the record, I am not sure I could even play Hot Crossed Buns today.) However, I learned a lot about Penn through writing our next book on ADHD. It’s allowed me to offer more empathy and understanding. 

I learned that if Penn isn’t focused on something, it might as well not exist. When I find the keys in the fridge, for example, it’s not him being careless. Those keys have completely exited his mind, because he was on to the next. It doesn’t give him an excuse, but it helps me get less upset. It helps me understand him and his brain. 

Hear the 4 of us discuss the best moments from the podcast this year, our favorite family memories, and some behind-the-scenes fun. (Should we have Sam and Ann Marie on again?)

Happy listening! 

Acast: https://open.acast.com/public/streams/618c3caaa322d1001350082c/episodes/657ccd77543156001707715a.mp3

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-holderness-family-podcast/id1378725018?i=1000639047460

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1WGqGA6eZ4jKzMG6Rvinz5?si=ce1f7339c07a4f6c

Pandora: https://pandora.app.link/rdnPLHNlFFb

Amazon: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/094464e9-aad9-4b09-8ee8-248c76b48bd6/episodes/092dd496-c8cf-45db-a865-29becd323797/the-holderness-family-podcast-best-of-2023-with-ann-marie-and-sam