Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lessons Learned, Try, Healing, Beyond Avoidance, Future Self and Travel: More Reverb 10



First off, I just wanted to say thanks for reading my Reverb 10 posts this month as I reflect on the past year, and the year ahead.  I know these posts are more about me than about providing you with have fun, do good ideas, interviews and inspiration (:

Even if you don't have a blog, I recommend taking a little time to write/walk/paint with some, or all of the questions. I've really enjoyed the process.

Below are my quick answers to the prompts for December 17-22.  Feel free to share your answers in the comments.  You can see my past Reverb 10 posts here.

December 17 - Lesson Learned
What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward? (Prompt by Tara Weaver).

I require a lot of Play in my life.  I'd like to make, "Play is my Pilot" my motto for 2011.


Arizona Sunset by Elena Gaillard
December 18 - Try
What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it? (Prompt by Kaileen Elise).


I'd like to re-try knitting.  Blogger Deb Roby taught me how to knit a few years ago, but then I put it down.  A knitting store near my house offers all kinds of classes, as well as free, drop-in knitting circles.  I think I might enjoy knitting with others more than I did knitting by myself.


December 19 - Healing
What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2011? (Prompt by Leonie Allan).

Participating in Art Every Day Month, created by Leah Piken Kolidas, was very healing for me this year.  Making time every day to create something gave me many "aha" moments where I felt like I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing.  In 2011, I want to heal my foot and knee so I can start dancing again.

December 20 - Beyond Avoidance
What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?) (Prompt by Jake Nickell).

I didn't write the Have Fun, Do Good Guide book proposal or e-book, like I told y'all I would back in January 2010.  I'm not sure if I'll do it in 2011 . . . I think I'll probably focus on this blog instead.


December 21 - Future Self
Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?). (Prompt by Jenny Blake).

My advice from my 46-year-old self to my 41-year-old-self:  
  • Someday is now
  • Take more risks
  • Having fun is doing good
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. May 1954 eruption of Kilauea Volcano 
December 22 - Travel
How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year? (Prompt by Tara Hunt).

This year I traveled to NYC, LA, Phoenix, AZ, and Santa Fe, NM.  All fun trips, but all places I've been before.  In 2011, I'd like to travel to at least one place I've never been before, like one of the U.S. National Parks on my bucket list: Acadia, Congaree, Death Valley Denali, Hawaii Volcanoes, Kenai Fjord, Kings Canyon, Petrified Forest, Redwood, Saguaro, Sequoia, or the Virgin Islands.


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