Welcome back for Day 2 of Reverb11.
Today's prompt: What three words capture 2011? What three words describe how you feel about 2012?
My words for 2011 are: community, challenge, and overwhelmed.
Community: Near the beginning of the year I made a promise to myself to be truly committed to building community. So I started a group for local women writers, joined a social group for local women with natural hair, signed up to be a small group leader at my church and joined a running group. (More on these to come on Day 20.). Yep, I think that makes me pretty committed to community.
Challenge: Speaking of that running group, this year I challenged myself to try things I'd never done before and one of the greatest examples would be taking up the new hobby of running. I have a connective tissue disease that makes high impact exercise extremely difficult. In fact, some doctors believe people with my disease shouldn't run at all. But I've spent this year running away from can't.
Overwhelmed. This is both a good and bad thing. I'm overwhelmed by all that I've accomplished this year and by all the wonderful people I've met, but lately I've also been feeling overwhelmed by all the things staring at me on my to-do list. I was a bit too ambitious this year and made the mistake of over committing myself and now, frankly, I'm paying for it.
My words for 2012 are: determination, wellness, and fun
Determination: Though I accomplished much this year, there are still many goals I failed to meet. In 2012 I will take a fresh approach to these aspirations and I am determined to see these dreams come to fruition.
Wellness. My mantra for the New Year is "Getting Well in 2012." I must start taking better care of myself not only through regular exercise, but by eating better and cutting back on some activities so that I can rest more.
Fun. During these stressful times I've been facing lately I've learned that no matter how much you have on your plate, things go down easy when you try to have a good time with your tasks. So next year my focus will be simply to have fun no matter what I'm doing.