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12-year-old birthday party, Take 1: Girls!

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12-year-old birthday party, Take 1: Girls!

Whose idea was this, anyway?

There are 5 extra girls here camped out in the living room, which looks like a tornado went through it. So far: Water balloon fights, bike rides, make-your-own pizzas, girls being bossy, vegan teal velvet cupcakes {instead of red, and thanks to older sister}, movies, popcorn, dogs eating popcorn, and silly phone videos.

Tomorrow, Take 2: Boys!

At the core

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reflect on this year and manifest what’s next

Core Story. What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world? (Bonus: Consider your reflections from this month. Look through them to discover a thread you may not have noticed until today.)

I’m a little self-reflected out. Good thing it’s the last day of reverb10. Happy New Year (thank the gods).

Reverb Recap:

Gimme Time

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Gift. This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?

One thing I’ve had in abundance in 2010 is time. Time isn’t a gift that I chose, but one for which I am grateful. Since I’m not running the kids back and forth to the valley every other weekend like we did for 6 or so years (3 hours there, 3 hours back), they aren’t here to spend time with, and my husband prefers to spend a lot of time alone, I’ve been left to my own devices for the last year. As first I didn’t know what to do with myself. But soon, I realized how lucky I was to have breathing room again. This “extra” time has allowed me to run VegNet and related activities, start the radio show, make fitness a priority, do yoga, go mountain biking, have lunch or tea with friends, run leisurely errands, do major house maintenance, hang out with my Dad when he’s not doing the snow-bird thing, hang out with my animal friends, write, blog, read, and just be. Having had a taste of parenthood, I realize how precious this time is. Real parents don’t get breaks like this. Real parents don’t have time for themselves. I’m fortunate to have been given time. A bittersweet gift.


Still, hope?

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Lesson Learned. What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?

I’ve struggled with this one: No one things sticks out. I’ve learned that I can survive turning 40, and that I have the courage to do things that I wouldn’t have a few years ago (learning to mountain bike, becoming a talk radio show host, blogging and writing on a regular basis, and scaling two-story tall ladders while balancing paint and brush.) I’ve learned to bury much of my fear of public speaking, and I’ve learned that if I ask, the answer is so much more often yes than I would have imagined. (At least in some of my spheres the answer is often, “Yes.” In others, things are done the way they’ve always been done, and in spite of, or maybe because of extreme dysfunction, the answer will most likely be, “No.” Guess which one I am motivated to put my creative energies into?)

So I guess the best thing I’ve learned is that there is still hope for me. We’ll see what comes of it. Indubitably, zombies.



No decision at all

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Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out?

This has been a year of

filling space

where kids used to be

where animal friends used to be

where family used to be


This has been a year of

deafening silence

with silly songs

with mumbled missives

with manic laughter

 

This has been a year of

killing time

with jumping rocks

with painting house

with growing food

 

This has been a year of

going on

while waiting things out

 

My wisest decision (and it remains to be seen)

may have been

no decision at all