December 17 – Lesson Learned. What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?
It's something I keep on learning: That you must come out of your own shell. If you don't raise your hand and speak up, nothing important will ever be said by you. I watched this great TED talk on why there aren't more women leaders and I was nodding along the entire time.
December 18 – Try. What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it?
A friend of mine once told me that she was amazed by my fearlessness. She noticed that I would shrug and take on any task, no matter how ridiculous or intimidating, and if I failed, it didn't seem to be the end of the world. Of course she only sees me from the outside - on the inside, I am kicking myself in the ass every moment and chickening out a million times. But I have learned to give the negative self-talk little importance when the chips are down!
Again, I am doing something I am intimidated by next year (Financial Accounting). I am going to try and not listen to my negative self-lecture about that.
December 19 – Healing.
What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2011?
Huh? Um...what healed me? Well, I always say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. But Mr. W and I went for physicals this year as a part of preparing to join the gym. I am disgusted to report that, in spite of all his unhealthy habits, Mr. W is healthy as a horse, whereas I, the careful one, have to watch my shit. But it was nice to see that we are basically fairly healthy at a certain age.
December 20 – Beyond Avoidance. What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?)
What kind of people do they think are answering these questions? A bunch of super busy scaredy cats? People not "living" their "authentic" "lives"? I think these guys watch too much Oprah.
The one thing I didn't do enough was garden. By the time the season rolled around, I was back at work and too busy. But I should've taken a half-hour to weed and water in the evenings so I could enjoy it more. I know I won't have much time to do it this year either, between school and work. I do miss it.