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Archive for December, 2009

 (You know, there’s always next year…)

I did not make any resolutions this year.  The traditional resolution-making doesn’t sit well with me.  I did have an intention to release the last 20 pounds I’ve been carrying around.

I’ve maintained a one hundred pound weight loss for two years now.  I didn’t intend to maintain this year.  But that’s what I did.  I’m going to choose gratitude about this, rather than disparage my lack of accomplishment.

As I’ve written about, I am healthier than I’ve ever been.  I can shop at “normal” size stores.  This year I released my need to log and count everything I ate.  It appears that this was the year to get more comfortable with my relationship with food.  I can accept that.

It’s still not all perfect.  It’s always improving.  And as Gwen said, “There’s always next year.”



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#best09 Dec 30/Ad

What advertisement made you think this year? 

I hate to even type it here.  

The snuggie ad. 

Ugh.  

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Very late in 2008 we spent several days at a house where the TV is on all day.  That is not the case in our house.  My small fry is rarely exposed to TV that is riddled with commercials.  He digs Noggin (is that switched back to Nick Jr. now?) and PBS kid stuff, both of which air no commercials.   

He was five at the time.  He would stand transfixed when that ad came on.  It seemed to be on an awful lot.  After the New Year turned over, and we were back in our home away from the commercial bombardment for several days, he comes into the kitchen. 

“Mom, you should get a Snuggie.”  Big round blue eyes looking up at me. 

Why?” 

“Because blankets ‘slip and slide’ and ‘it gives you the freedom to use your hands’.  You could ‘get up and still stay warm’, Mom!” 

Silence and a skeptical glare from me.  My 5-year-old was quoting verbatim snuggie-isms at me. 

“I don’t need one.” 

“Yes you do!!!!!!!” 

I explained to him why I quite enjoy my blankets and that I have plenty of them.  He countered with arguments straight from that damned commercial.  The whole conversation confirmed for me why I avoid live TV personally and try to keep my kid’s exposure to a minimum.   

None of us need to be driven to consumerism.  My little guy rarely asks for anything.  Hardly ever does he beseech us with how badly he needs this new toy or that new gadget.  That ad proved just how effective marketing is, especially to the naiveté of a child.

  

 

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#best09 Dec 29/Laugh

What was your biggest belly laugh of the year?

I have had many tear inducing, sniffling, “can’t-even-breathe-anymore-just-might-pee-my-pants” laugh moments this year.  I do every year.  Frequently.  It happens at my house, with my good friends, at work .  I probably don’t appreciate enough how fortunate I am that this is true.

Since I can’t think of a particular one, I will thank my awesome, hilarious kids and husband, my co-worker Scott, my two best friends and my mother.  These are the usual suspects for inciting most of them.

I wish that everyone could be surrounded by people who they can create hilarity with. 



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#best09 Dec 28/Stationary

When you touch the paper, your heart melts. The ink flows from the pen. What was your stationery find of the year?  

My coach and my best friend both shared cards with me that made my heart smile, not only because they were beautiful and apropos to me, but because of where they came from:
 
 
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#best09 Dec 27/Social Web moment

Did you meet someone you used to only know from her blog? Did you discover Twitter?  

As part of my role as co-chair of a local recycling task force, I agreed to get a page going on Facebook to get the word out in another way about recycling issues in our area.  It doesn’t take a lot of time to manage, but has been a great way to get feedback and share information.  It appears it also will be helpful in recruiting help when needed.

  



 

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#best09 Dec 26/Insight or aha! moment

 What was your epiphany of the year?
 
It goes like this. 
 
What I’ve got to offer is good enough, perhaps awesome.  I’ve realized that accepting this does not mean that my efforts to constantly improve and do good works will cease.  What it means is that I can quit hiding what I’ve got, hoping someday it will be perfect enough to share.


 

 

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#best09 Dec 25/Gift


What’s a gift you gave yourself this year that has kept on giving?

Permission.

  • to be vulnerable
  • to forgive
  • to relax
  • to see possilities
  • to believe


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#best09 Dec 24/Learning Experience

What was a lesson you learned this year that changed you?

 

I am always learning.  It’s one of those things I actively seek. 

The learning experience that has changed me the most this year is going way out past my edge.  Putting myself out in the world, doing things even though I’m not sure I know what I’m doing, has been life changing.  

I decided not to shy away when, out of nowhere, I was asked to co-chair a recycling task force for our community.  This is unlike anything I’ve ever done.  In the past six months, I’ve spoken to people I would never have thought to, written things for public eye, and met with city officials.  These actions helped me have confidence in my skills in a way that I could not when I was living my life quietly, keeping mostly to my small circle of influence. 

I also decided to start writing here.  After much waffling around about fear, perfection, and all manner of “what ifs”, I just did it.  I put no strong expectations on myself, only permission to do something

These experiences got me to a point where I can think about pushing farther past that edge and start a business.  For years I’ve mentored people, listening to their fears and frustrations, amazed at the depth of sharing and searching they were capable of.  It is as natural to me as my constant learning.  It excites me and sometimes leaves me breathless.  Now and again a quiet whisper would pass through my mind that this is the thing I’m meant to do, not occasionally, but for my life’s work.  Now I am actively seeking to make that a reality. 

Good change.


 

  

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#best09 Dec 23/Web Tool

It came into your work flow this year and now you couldn’t live without it. It has simplified or improved your online experience.

Tungle

Thanks for showing it to me Gwen Bell!!

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#best09 Dec 22/Startup

 What’s a business that you found this year that you love? Who thought it up? What makes it special?
  
This wonderful woman has gotten a coaching practice going.  I’m honored to have watched it become a reality. 
  
I’m lucky enough to get bi-weekly access to her wisdom as well.
 
She has done me no favors for this mention.  She’s my friend and I think she’s got a good thing going.
 

 

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