I am finishing Gwen Bell’s December blogging challenge with a whimper. As a recovering perfectionist, this is an opportunity to practice a little messiness (I suppose. Grudgingly.)
I appreciate anyone who may be reading these hastily written words at the end of what I imagine is a very full month for everyone. I have to get to sleep as I am going to ring in the new year with a full day of meditation. Hurray! I hope to come back to some of these questions in the following week, as I've been blogging them in my mind the last ten days as I've been immersed in holiday fun, travel, and a little holiday trauma too.
December 21 Project. What did you start this year that you're proud of?
So many things... This was a year of starting and finishing. One of those things is still a secret, but it involves a pact to actually make money writing, as well as an opportunity to collaborate with some brilliant women, and to (I hope) write something that helps people.
December 22 Startup. What's a business that you found this year that you love? Who thought it up? What makes it special? 1) Emc2 Emmett McCarthy see 'best shop post'.
2) Grand Street CSA (my CSA) Community Supported Agriculture. So grateful to be a part of this movement to eat slow, local food. It isn't a fad. Its an enormous improvement on the grocery store for my health, the health of the planet, and my wallet too.
December 23 Web tool. It came into your work flow this year and now you couldn't live without it. It has simplified or improved your online experience. Thanks to a good friend, I now have technology that is up to date for 2006! I have a phone that is also a blackberry type device. No more bulky filofax.
December 24 Learning experience. What was a lesson you learned this year that changed you?
Someone tried to take credit for my work. I stood my ground and got the credit I deserved. Don't mess with a Taurus.
December 25 Gift. What's a gift you gave yourself this year that has kept on giving?
Through meditation I've been developing the witness self. This is the best present ever ever ever.
December 26 Insight or aha! moment. What was your epiphany of the year? Too many. Today's insight was that I have looked at my writing as something that people sometimes admire (really-- it isn't all choppy and full of awkwardly constructed sentences when I write more than a first draft), but I had not seen it as anything that could have the potential to be truly healing, even though I've written things (especially poems) that people have expressed thanks for receiving. Its time to look at my writing as part of the medicine I have to offer. It can be that. Why not?
December 27 Social web moment. Did you meet someone you used to only know from her blog? Did you discover Twitter? Yes I discovered Twitter. I discovered it-- or more like I chose to join in-- because when my dad's secretary had to leave suddenly he was left completely helpless, having stubbornly refused to learn basic things about technology over the years as a private practice lawyer now in his 60's. He used to refuse to 'learn how to use the google'. He is learning now, but its a steep curve. So basically I was frightened into jumping into the fray for fear of being left behind, and I'm very glad I did.
December 28 Stationery. When you touch the paper, your heart melts. The ink flows from the pen. What was your stationery find of the year? Danielle LaPorte's cards are gorgeous. They are even more beautiful in real life than they are online, as the paper is thick and luscious, and the fonts are just so big and juicy. I gave the fanfuckingtastic card to a friend starting a new business. My friend cannot swear. She says that she'd like to, but her mom put a curse on her and she can't get the words out. She put the card where she can see it every day.'This is IT!' she said when I gave it to her. 'This is THE CARD! I'm putting it on my altar.' I love cards, I give them to friends all the time, and I've never gotten a reaction like that before.
December 29 Laugh. What was your biggest belly laugh of the year? I have heard that jokes are some of the hardest things to remember. I can remember laughing until I was screaming and pounding the floor on many separate occasions with three beautiful people. What we were laughing about I can't tell you. But it was very funny. I'll have to do better next year with remembering these things.
December 30 Ad. What advertisement made you think this year? I'm a fan of AdBusters magazine, and was fascinated by their corporate logo/ leaf shape test. There are two black and white squares on the page, one filled with corporate logos, the other with leaf shapes, all just in outline. I was able to name most of the leaves, but also all of the corporate labels. Most of the people I showed it to could name all of the labels and few of the leaves.
December 31 Resolution you wish you'd stuck with. (You know, there's always next year...) I'm pretty good at sticking to resolutions. I think it is the confidence that comes with being an ex-smoker. Somehow, doing that made me feel that I could do anything I set my mind to. This year I stuck to my writing every day resolution, which was major, as well as some smaller ones. I did say that I wanted to have more parties, and I had exactly one, which was one more than the year before. This year I'll be taking a page out of Gretchen Ruben's book and have more 'laid back gatherings', which are less overwhelming.
Happy New Year. I'll be blogging again at least twice weekly starting next week. It has been such a pleasure discovering great writers and fascinating people through this community that Gwen Bell has been fostering. Yay Gwen! Yay bloggers!