In case you were wondering, my vacation didn't turn from one week to three. I went to LA for a week without taking my own advice of checking the weather before I left and was met with 'cool' weather (nothing as serious as New York) but basically I was unprepared. Thank God I'm a jean-freak because I was able to rotate those 3 pairs, and recycle the sweaters I had taken with me. I had a great time being around friends and family which included meeting new babies and updating people on the changes in my life back in New York. I especially got plenty of quality time with my friend Dakota, she was like the perfect host and I will not forget the Sunday (which miraculously climbed to 76 degrees) at The Grove mall, and my tell-all dinner at the Wood Ranch Barbeque and Grill.
Now I'm back to the daily New York City grind. This December has been a very hard month to blog, mostly because I've been wanting to write, but I don't want to whine. Why the whining? Many reasons but generally I've been in this funk- affected in one way or another by the following thoughts:
- I'm having a hard time valuing the holidays without my grandmother (who is retired and moved back to Costa Rica).
- It's cold and I want to attribute my sadness to the weather.
- I've been feeling extremely lethargic. Sometimes I don't want to get out of bed until the PM.
- I've been anxious about 2011 because I've got some hard decisions to make (including another move!)
- I've been thinking about how to manage the direction of the content of this blog, should I make this my open online diary or should I get more professional and keep my life stories at a minimum?
- My relationship will also be going through major changes next year, and I feel like I have no control over the situation.
Maybe this is the reason why I wanted to send out some positive reverberations with this online initiative- you might recognize it #Reverb 10. I was only one of 4,000 subscribers to sign up for e-mail prompts. Now those prompts have built-up in my inbox, taunting me, like some school assignment I wasn't responsible enough to complete. Unfortunately, I could not get through the prompts this month causing me to be a Reverb Reject. Way to be positive huh? The bottom line is, I need to stop lying to myself regarding these 30-day challenges. At this point in life, I have no time to post or physically write daily. And in reality, that's okay!
I really liked some of the prompts, and hope to get to answer some of them one day, including:
December 8 – Beautifully Different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful. (Author: Karen Walrond)
December 10 – Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out? (Author: Susannah Conway)
December 15 – 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. (Author: Patti Digh)
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? (Author: Kaileen Elise)
December 23 – New Name Let’s meet again, for the first time. If you could introduce yourself to strangers by another name for just one day, what would it be and why? (Author: Becca Wilcott)
December 25 – Photo – a present to yourself Sift through all the photos of you from the past year. Choose one that best captures you; either who you are, or who you strive to be. Find the shot of you that is worth a thousand words.
December 26 – Soul Food What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? (Author: Elise Marie Collins)
December 27 – Ordinary Joy Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year? (Author: Brené Brown)
Cool prompts, huh? Especially the one about food! They are very time consuming, but in the end worth the reflection when you read back on it.
I might even turn it into a scrapbooking project!
How do you reflect on the past year, in a fun, easy and non-burdening way?