Prompt #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?
- For 2011, it would be scary: many life changes on the horizon, with too many unknowns. For 2012, I want it to be serenity, having found peace in my personal and professional lives.
Prompt #2: Writing
What piece of writing are you most proud of from 2011? How does this piece differ from your other pieces?
- I think several of my professional blog posts (yes, posts) are my "most proud" pieces of writing. Recognizing that the prompt asked for one piece, my response is still the same. My other writing (for professional journals and at MFPOW) was less heart-felt and far less personal.
Prompt #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?
- Low points were definitely professional - realizing that my vision wasn't shared, that my talents weren't appreciated and that my input was discounted. The high points were accepting the lows and moving on... finding time to reflect and refresh... discovering friendships I hadn't appreciated fully before... and, most important, starting to live my life in a way that doesn't compromise things I feel deeply in favor of expediency.
Prompt #4: Beauty
How have your standards of beauty shifted in the past year?
- They haven't. While I can appreciate something that's beautiful, it's the inner essence that's really attractive and if there's an imperfection in the external face it doesn't really matter to me.
Prompt #5: Reading
What has been your favorite book (or books if you can’t pick just one) that you’ve read this year?
Of course I can't choose just one or two - but these are the 5-star reads from 2011:
The Artful Dodger, Nick Bantock
The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
Noah Barleywater Runs Away, John Boyne
Where She Went, Gayle Forman
fathermothergod, Lucia Greenhouse
The Shattering, Karen Healey
Mr. Chartwell, Rebecca Hunt
When She Woke, Hillary Jordan
The Lantern, Deborah Lawrenson
Exposure, Kimberly Marcus
The Tiger's Wife, Téa Oberht
The Invisible Ones, Stef Penney
A Trick of the Light, Louise Penny
Please Look After Mom, Kyung-Sook Shin
Press Here, Hervé Tullet
Before I Go to Sleep, S.J. Watson
Lost in Shangri-la, Mitchell Zukoff
Prompt #6: Ease
What can you do to add ease to 2012?
- Continuing to create a house that welcoming, where I can find comfort in addition to inspiration and healing will be the biggest "to do". It's essential to the process of mental decluttering and learning to let go of the past (a book I recently read talked about forgiving not equaling a reinstatement of trust or forgetting what happened; I need to work on remembering and practicing that).