2012, the year of the dragon, the year Barack Obama was re-elected, the year that my friends began having babies has been mark-ed in my development. This year hasn’t felt like my life was on the fast track to success or I was constantly aware of the blessings of my fortunate life. Nope, it was not that. What it was was something else entirely. Something that has me asking a lot more questions and reminding me again and again to be humble as I move through my life. Highs and lows have seemed higher and lower than I remember from years past. I even had my friend look through her DSM-IV (mental illness diagnosis manual) and help me find out if I was bi-polar. It turns out I’m not:)
Within all of 2012’s turmoil there was much sweetness and excitement. I started a little late, but this year I collected some of my best experiences from the year by writing them on small, sticky notes and placing them in a glass container in my room. Yesterday I reviewed them all. Music, love, honesty, travel, and yoga breakthroughs were themes. Here are some highlights!
-Graduated from the Advanced Forrest Yoga Teacher Training
-Many concerts including Gregory Alan Isakov, My Morning Jacket and Marcus Miller
-A trip to Hawaii with my mom which included snorkeling for the first time and a near drowning experience
-I climbed Bandera Mountain (aka ASS KICKER) on my own on the 4th of July
-I picked up my first hitchhiker ever. Jacob from Germany.
-I began singing at a Jazz Jam in Ballard regularly and have grown a lot from my experiences there.
-Traveled to Colorado for the first ever Forrest Yoga Windhorse gathering and then spent time visiting old friends in the SW.
-Laughed really freakin’ hard with a few choice people.
-Planted my first tree on Arbor Day. My landlord ran it over with the mower a month later. I am happy to report it is still alive, albeit much smaller.
-Began to learn the importance of telling myself and my loved ones the truth, as gracefully as I know how.
-I was touched by the beauty of nature multiple times over the year. Almost every single full moon it was at least partially clear. For western Washington that is amazing.
-Got my first sign-up for my Ireland Retreat! It is full on and happening this year people – will you join me?
What stood out in your year? Was 2012 tumultuous for anyone else? Tell what’s up!