Reverb13 prompt: “What went right in 2013?”
I was a teaching assistant for Mondo Beyondo, twice. I got a Superior ranking on my annual evaluation at CSU, for the third year in a row. My mammogram results were “normal.” People are still reading my blog, more than ever before, and I feel good, confident about what I’m writing, what I have to offer. Dexter lived ten months longer than predicted and had an easy death. The Self-Compassion Saturday series was a success. I got to meet a bunch of people in person that I’d adored from afar, and we still liked each other after we met. I took lots of good classes, attended great workshops, worked with a group of amazing women, teacher and attendees. I signed up for yoga teacher training. I started practicing intuitive eating and working with a therapist. Eric and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. I am still here.
Project Reverb prompt: “Adventure | Did you go on an adventure in 2013? What sort?”
My adventure was traveling to California three times by myself to attend three different workshops. I flew into San Francisco International Airport, rented a car and drove myself around. I met people I adored from afar but had never met in person, women I admired and was nervous to meet, and met other women I knew nothing about before arriving, and I managed to do so without freaking out or throwing up on anyone’s shoes. This is huge for someone who is a highly sensitive introvert.
Besottment prompts: “What was your favourite gift given and/or received in 2013?”
I think my favorite gift I gave was when I love bombed Rachel’s apartment. She’d let me stay there while she was out of town and I was in town for a workshop. I left little gifts and notes all around her apartment, and wrote her a letter about everything I loved about her place. What I liked about it so much was it felt like I had appropriately honored her kindness, and it was just fun thinking about how she’d react when she came back home to find it.
“What was your funniest story from 2013?”
Honestly, the last year wasn’t exactly a laugh riot. I know there have been multiple times when Eric has made me laugh, or I made him laugh, or Sam made us both laugh, or something else altogether made me laugh, I just can’t think of any worth repeating.
“What was the quote or saying that most resonated with you this past year?”
The one I seem to keep sharing lately is from Ram Dass, “we are all just walking each other home.”
I also love this one from Chögyam Trungpa, “The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is there’s no ground.”