A year ago, one of my friends shared that she was choosing a word of the year for 2013, rather than make resolutions. I found that very inspiring and decided to do the same. I was even inspired to use the same word as she:
I nurtured myself in many ways in 2013:
- Improved my communication skills
- Reduced my anxiety
- Went searching for women friends my own age in Calgary and found them.
- Spent more time with family.
- Found a labyrinth and returned to it many times.
- Got hugged by Carrie Freakin' Fisher.
- Got certified in level one reiki.
- Sang "Hey Jude" with the whole audience to Sir Paul McCartney as he led us, onstage.
- Cut back on investing time in a fandom that is being destroyed by the show's writers.
- Upon the discovery of precancerous cells in my uterus, had laparascopic surgery to remove non-essential lady parts.
- Rediscovered the joy of knitting.
- Lost a friend that needed losing.
- Recommitted myself to my career.
- The Mermaid Garden of 2013 was a smashing success.
- Got more involved with volunteer work.
I was very fortunate that my home wasn't affected by the Calgary flood of 2013.
Another exercise for 2013 was a Joy Jar. Each night, I wrote down something that gave me joy in 2013 and put it in a jar. Sometimes I wrote "knitting!" Or "gardening!". Other times it was something like, "Didn't freeze my ass off today!" Calgary has a few deep freezes every year. :-)
I filled up the jar. :-) The final piece of paper says, "Spent New Year's Eve with new friends!"
I've already decided on the word for 2014 ... CREATE.