Can y'all believe that December is more than halfway over already?
I'm as behind as I could be on my reverb 11 project, so I thought why not just post my answers to the first 15 prompts flash-mob style? (see, I get to make the rules up as I go along!)
1. One Word
Encapsulate the year 2011 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2012 for you? (Author: Gwen Bell)
2011: learning. Everything I touched in 2011 was new and involved considerable learning: coaching, Teahouse, travel, and boundaries and growth in existing relationships.
2012: magic. I want to bring magic into everything I do in 2012. It's on.
What piece of writing are you most proud of from 2011? How does this piece differ from your other pieces?
Friday's Confession: I don't want to work. This has become my guide for how I want to live my life and build my business. When I grapple with a decision or sit with a "should," this is my reference for how I can make decisions.
3. Year in Review
As you reflect back on the happenings of 2011, what were your high points and what were your low points? What do you notice as you look back on the year as a whole?
High Point: Right now, looking back on how far I've come, where I've been and all that I've learned. I CANNOT wait to see what kind of awesome 2012 brings
Low Point: It's tough to pinpoint low points, but here are a few: working on some stuff with my relationship with Tim, times of uncertainty for friends going through tough times, uncertainty at times about Teahouse, exhaustion and overwhelm.
What I notice of the year as a whole is that I wouldn't trade a single thing for all the learning that's occurred. The low points were the times that really made me step up, speak for myself, and recognize what I really want out of this life. Without those, I wouldn't be where I am now, and I wouldn't trade them for a single thing!
How have your standards of beauty shifted in the past year?
I've started recognizing beauty in the small, mundane moments and in everyone. All people are beautiful, and we get to make the choice whether or not to see it in everyone.
What has been your favorite book (or books if you can’t pick just one) that you’ve read this year?
The Hunger Games Trilogy : I got completely immersed in The Hunger Games earlier this year. It is so compelling.
The Alchemist : This might be my favorite book of all times. It pretty much defines my work as a coach and as a human being, and I think that everyone in the world should read it. Immediately.
What can you do to add ease to 2012?
I can be okay with things being easy. I can give myself permission to follow ease as a way of life and let things unfold as they may. I can know that ease doesn't always mean "easy" and that I can approach difficult situations with ease as well.
“The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.” (David Viscott) What is your gift to give?
This is something I'm still working with, but I think it's something around helping people see the magic in this world, in all of the moments of life, even the quiet every day ones. It's about learning how to delight in the normal and build a life around that.
We often learn about our limits the hard way. Were there any limits you realized this past year? Alternately, what self-imposed limits were you able to move beyond this year?
I feel like my year has been all about breaking out of limits. I definitely learned limits about saying yes to too much and taking on more that I should. I also learned that I'm capable of so much and that I can't ever let what I "think" I can accomplish hold me back from trying new things and pushing myself.
If you were a superhero, what would your power be?
My superpower would be to rid the world of negative energy. My weapon of choice would be bubbles. My name would be "Fanny Fantastic" and my arch nemesis would be Naomi Campbell.
10. Soul Food
How do you nourish your soul? What activities are essential nutrients for your soul’s well-being?
Walks, naps, books. Good food and good friends. Laughter, lots and lots of laughter.
What is the one thing that you are most looking forward to in 2012?
I don't even know! I'm just excited to see where the year leads!
It’s easy to focus on our mistakes—to reflect with 20/20 hindsight and berate ourselves for what went wrong. Bring your awareness to a mistake you’ve made over the past year. Unveil one positive lesson from that mistake. How can you actively use this lesson moving forward?
I make mistakes all the time, and I think the real value is in coming clean, owning up to what you did wrong, and learning how to avoid such mishaps in the future. Mistakes were definitely made this year, and I think that most of my learning around the mistakes was this: I get to choose. I always get to choose how I show up, and when I feel like I have to be a certain way and make decisions from that place, I normally do things with the wrong motivation.
What are the things (or people or animals) in this world that you love the most.
Tim, Maggie, my mom, Laura, Karen, Marnie, Nicole, Michelle. Musicals. My clients. My Teahouse girls. Laughter. Color. Light. Love. I love love.
What have you done well over the past year—the little stuff and the big stuff? How do you celebrate the positives?
This year, I started a coaching practice AND an art studio. I learned what I want out of my life AND how to stand up for that no matter what. I learned what I'm not willing to settle for and how hard I'll work to make sure I get what I need. I learned to do less in order to do more.
I celebrate by sharing and by drinking champagne as often as possible!
The easiest way to overcome fear is to confront it. Rather than brainstorming reasons to avoid your “fear,” shift your attention to the reasons for confronting your fear. What fear would you like to overcome in 2012?
I think the biggest fear that I'd like to overcome in 2012 is the fear of not being enough. The fear that I'll never be as good as, or that I can't do something that someone else can. It's time to leave that limited thinking in the past!
Phew! Thanks for reading, friends! What comes up for you as you reflect on 2011?