Pausing to reflect on progress so far:
January- went to the Washington State Governor's Inaugural Ball with a date. Briefly had a boyfriend, who helped with my Dad's funeral video. Hosted my Aunt at my house for several days, made it through Dad's funeral. Got mom's finances in order. Lessons learned: I'm stronger than I think I am
February- had an awesome "girls weekend" with friends at a tree house north of Seattle. Got mom hooked up with a financial planner. Saw movies with friends and did several lunch/dinners out with friends. Secured tickets to Venice. Dumped boyfriend. Took class with Jennifer Grace "Creative Action Journey." Lessons learned: Enjoyed movies, procrastination is bad, I can make my own independent decisions, girlfriends matter and if a guy can't handle that he's out!
March- got passports secured, took class "Directing Your Destiny" with Jennifer Grace related to cultivating your creative path and goal setting. Lessions learned: cultivate a routine for creativity, EFT tapping works, visualization works, culling the "itty bitty shitty committee" in my head
April- attended an 80s party with friends, attended "Activate Energy" class, went to a few Trivia Nights at a coffee shop with friends, attended Spring Arts Walk with friends and an artist's exhibition, and the Procession of the Species Parade. Lessons learned: I need people, I need to get comfortable with self, I need to expand my creativity, Gratitude, my chakras are blocked, it's a good sign when things appear to be getting worse they might be rearranging things for something better
May- went on a few dates with a nice fellow who was hurting...a positive experience but no spark. Was glad to be able to help fill in some loneliness for someone going through a rough patch, I wish him the best. Continued Trivia nights, did several nature walks with friends. Lessons learned: everything will come to you at the perfect time
June- my friend from California came to visit, and I went to Italy!! Lessons learned: be ok with where you are, focus on the present moment, do I see how amazing I am?, just do it
July- Italy, lots of happy hours with friends, had my wine shipment delivered, H.S. Class Reunion, movies, had a random relative visit, helped purge Grandmas house to prepare for the Estate sale, attended a Dita Von Teese show with a friend in Seattle, went on a few dates. Lesson learned: expanded world view thanks to Italy trip
August- more dates, went on a 10 mile bike ride and trip to the Ocean, lunches and dinners with friends, got my son set up for school activities successfully, significant progress at work, got some court stuff moving. Lessons learned: look forward to things that excite you, cherish yourself, embody the emotions you want to receive, take more risks and expand more of what you truly enjoy doing
@cia007 what an awesome year so far!! I will have to look into Jennifer Grace.
@Andia ...Jennifer is positively awesome and her style matched mine well. She's super generous, genuine and raw....I love her imperfections because they have inspired me. Sometimes our teachers can be too perfect..she's real. Here is her link:
@cia007 How was Dita Von Teese? I've never seen her show.
@garrin she was fantastic! The show was surprisingly tasteful in an art sort of way. I really enjoyed it and the crowd was fun too! I think more people should go to shows like that...it breaks down walls and challenges fear of the beauty of the human body, but in a mild way.
@cia007 I love Dita. She's a class act. I agree with you...I think many are a bit uptight about the fetish scene, performances etc. To me it's like Halloween except throughout the year. Haha. A number of years ago I was really into reading Thomas Moore. He wrote a book called Care of the Soul. And he wrote about the side of the soul that we as a society often want to stuff away. I think it's healthy to embrace it all. That's what makes us human at the end of the day.
@garrin oh wow on the Thomas Moore stuff!! Sounds exactly where my beliefs are now...I will have to give that one a read. It makes so much sense to me, the concept of loss of soul amidst all the other psychological clutter...seems that's all I see today and is my theory on why the religions appear to fall short. I'd say it is human kind that falls short! Kind of the same idea/concept your bottle cap quote was aiming at too. Humans twist meaning to suit their own psychological clutter including right and wrong. If we were all other critters it would be so much more simple!
Um... so I'm going to give up on this one.
2017 has been an exciting year so far in many ways, and I've also made some big mistakes that I don't actually want to go into.
It's also been a difficult year as I've been heading up a new business. I let the stress and responsibility get to me.
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about how to get back to being my free-spirited true self. I'm thinking a lot about what goals matter most to me! So I don't see this as a sad post. I'm making changes for the better.
I keep telling people that 2017 is a transitional year: it hurts but it will lead somewhere.
Now it is the end of August and I am starting to feel that it is going somewhere for most people but definitely not for me. And it makes me very, very unhappy so far. Transitional year my ass: it is the year of hurt and waiting and hurting because of it.
So yeah. Sucks.
We went to see Hamilton last night! Definitely one of the highlights of the year!
already 1/2way thru the year
The first half of my 2017 was mostly consumed with launching a business. This is incredibly exciting to me, and it's been a lot of work. I am just starting to breathe easier.
I lost my grandmother a few weeks ago, and I was very sad about it. I loved her a lot and I know how lucky I was to have her around for so long! I also know she's in a better place now, and I'm starting to feel happy about the memories I have instead of sad about her loss.
I think this is a great year so far. I do want to branch out and focus on more of my other goals, including ones that are about enjoying life to the fullest!
@BeingBryn Do let us know more about your new business! I am - and was - sorry to hear about your grandmother's passing. As I recall you wrote letters to her. I find that very endearing and inspiring.
The first half of 2017 has been hellish. I bit off more than I could chew studying for a Masters and a new job. I had a house to sell and that was really tough going. But it has sold now! Also I've one third finished my debut album and hope to complete it this year. Although financially there's a ways to go, generally my previous money worries are over thanks to the house sale (finally!). So if I can keep up with the studies and mend my fragile health, 2017 could be a very good year.
@imadreamer I'm sorry things have been tough. BUT HEY. The year isn't even half over yet! And congratulations on the house sale! May this be a turning point into more joy and better health in 2017!
Working on 2017!
2016 was horrible. Multiple deaths and illnesses in the family, a painful breakup, health crisis and kiddo with broken leg all made for a yucky second half of the year.
What have I done to make this year different?
Booked that trip to Venice...you know what I'm talking about...(cue James Bond theme music)
Worked on keeping up my yard to the best of my ability
Re-entered the dating scene, although currently am as free as a bird
Used a meal/recipe delivery service to learn some new cooking techniques
Used StitchFix clothing service and a personal stylist- saves me time, money and I look good too!
Took a few online classes around self-improvement
What do I still need to do??
Expand!! This is where I look at acting into a new way of thinking to create new neural pathways that will help me become more of what I desire to be....
This involves identifying my ideal self, figuring out what she would do differently from today, identify the gap between the now and the future and then take steps to shift to the future. The calendar is my vehicle to make it happen!!
@cia007 I am sending you good wishes! I hope life opens up for you in the next few months!
Narp. This will not go down in history as my best year. Maybe a transformative year, eventually, but not my best.
@citrus Aww, I am sorry. What can we do to support you?
@BeingBryn Thanks dearie! I cannot really think of anything except continue being you, and here, and awesome. I enjoy following your endeavours. :)
was having a good year, a remarkable year, a wonderful year but now
have suffered a personal heartbreak/loss and am having trouble recovering from it. Just someone who went away. IT hurts.
it is tainting everything good
also am quit smoking again, i hadn't in years and 2 weeks ago began again so am glad to be 2 days not smoking but damn that shit is hard, cried for like 3 hours yesterday. The smoking was covering up the pain of the loss so now am really feeling it.
so, nicotine withdrawal and heartache.. not pretty, lol
and then yesterday there was a car accident, in aggregate not as bad as it could be, so am trying to access gratitude & all that rot
but i feel just the heavy sad oppression of the Loss more than anything, you just can't play games with that.
@ahorrasi I'm sorry you're having such a hard time. Hope it passes and makes place for all the happiness you deserve!
@spatz thanks very much Spatz I intend to make the best of it, still keep working towards things, etc
@ahorrasi A great plan! Small steps to happiness.
@ahorassi Feeling for you... Keep going !
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I truly believe Augustine’s words are true and if you look at history you know it is true. There are many people in the world.