Day 13 Author: Scott Belsky
Prompt: Action. When it comes to aspirations, its not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen. What's your next step?
Reopening my etsy shop. Redesigning my etsy/ blog.
Reregistering my domain.
And for kicks, compiling my scattered haiku so I can do more of these:
Day 14 Author: Victoria Klein
Prompt: Appreciate. What's the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?
Specifically in this past year, I have come to appreciate my own sense of self. I honor my choices and my style and my likes and dislikes. I express my gratitude every time I buy the coffee I love (or when I try out a new one, because there's so much to be said for trying new things!). I honor myself by saying no to the things I need to say no to and yes to things that need saying yes.
I love these boots but they hurt my feet, so I've said no to wearing them.
Day 15 Author: Patti Digh
Prompt: 5 minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.
Laughter. The smell of Remy's hair as he falls asleep snuggled next to me. How it felt to drive away from our old house smiling the biggest smile I'd smiled in ages. Mike's gorgeous face, the way his eyes crinkle when he smiles at me. How so much pain and grief can be held in a body and it will still be ok. Even when the darkness comes, there is still memory.
(hahaha, that last one semi defies the prompt, but it is one thing I'll remember from this year.)
Day 16 Author: Martha Mihalick
Prompt: Friendship. How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst?
OK, the easy answer: Maria lent me her hoop and it opened up a world of possibility for me.
The harder answer: I think my eyes were opened to how much I hold myself back in real life friendships this year. I'm still not entirely sure where that knowledge takes me, but I have some changes to make, for sure.
Day 17 Tara Weaver
Prompt: Lesson learned. What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?
With feeling: I am stronger than I ever thought possible.
Day 18 Author: Kaileen Elise
Prompt: 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?
I guess this author isn't a big Star Wars fan. "There is no 'try' there is only 'do' or 'do not do.'" Word up, Yoda.
(There was a lot I did in 2010 and much I want to do in 2011. But there is no room for try. Do it or don't.)
Day 19 Author: Leoni Allan
Prompt: Healing. What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2011?
After the miscarriage, I danced at a hafla my friend Ziva Diva produced, dedicating my performance to the waterbaby. In addition, I did a three week yoga puja for the waterbaby. (Dedicating my daily practice to her/ him.)
I'm currently doing a year long puja (from Rosh Hashana to Rosh Hashana) of daily self care, dedicated to peace. (I hadn't even thought of it lately, but I am mostly making it daily, especially as my hoop practice continues).
I think rededicating myself to that puja would be wonderous. Maybe finding a ritual for it, instead of just "every day I take care of myself." (It seems silly, almost, but I needed that simplicity. September and October were hard.)