Although I am a little late in starting, this seems like a fascinating process to go through before the new year. If it sounds interesting to you, join them at Reverb10.
Here are my answers to the first 5 prompts:
December 1: Encapsulate the year 2010 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 2011 for you?
My 2010 word is running. This entire year, it seems, has passed running from one thing to another, attempting to cramp too much into my days, and working to carry more than I can handle. Sometimes in September I slowed down the running a bit and began to breathe a little deeper. I’ve also added a few items on being-kind-to-myself-agenda amidst all the running.
My 2011 word is faith – believing that everything will turn out just the right way, the way it meant to be without the extensive running. I’ve been practicing faith for awhile but in 2011 I want to fully embrace it and have faith that the universe has my back.
December 2: What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
E-mail and internet procrastination! That has always been the two things I go to in order to avoid writing. I cannot eliminate it for good but I can turn of the WiFi for two hours a day to just write.
December 3: December 3 – Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).
There was one moment when the time stopped and the only thing that existed were the things around me. I don’t remember the details but I remember the feeling of gratitude of being alive and the feeling of being completely in the here and now.
December 4: Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?
Through nature and really engaging with nature in simple ways. For instance, when walking the dog, I’d very consciously NOT look at my smart phone and check messages but take in what surrounds me – the sound of the waves, the breeze, the trees. Just being with nature for those short periods of time would fill me with wonder.
December 5: Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?
I let go of my expectations towards one of the projects I was running and I let go of my ego’s expectations on this project. I decided to remember that the universe will deliver me the result I want, but it may not be in the way I willed it – and I am willing to accept it now in any form it comes.
More to come…
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