What are the 10 things you are most proud of accomplishing this year? What are the 10 things on top of the to do list for next year? (Author: Lee Currie)
2012 was a pretty productive year. I went into it knowing the challenges, and working VERY hard to be brave & focus on moving forward.
10 things that I am most proud of accomplishing:
1. Survived my divorce - the human part. For the most part, we were able to work through it with grace & kindness. Yes, there were tears & yelling....but there was also cooperation & discussion & a focus on the mantra that "divorce ends a marriage, not a family."
2. Survived my divorce - the legal part. I filed all of the paperwork myself, including 2 motions that allowed us to expedite the process. We filed in late Aug, and the court granted a final order in October. That's record time. I am so grateful for the mercy of the court.
3. Took an international vacation. I travel for work, but it's pretty predictable - NYC, Ohio. Heading to Costa Rica with Barb, Kelly, & Chloe was out of my comfort zone. It was definitely an amazing trip.
4. Completed a refinance. I "bought" my house from Rob & I - putting the mortgage solely in my name (meaning, qualifying solely on my income, too). I was so deep in the stress of the whole thing that I didn't take a moment to celebrate until a friend texted "Congrats homeowner!"
5. Became a 2x Bake-off Champion. We have had 2 company bake-off events. I have won both (by a landslide, I'm told) - handily beating our new company president. Perhaps I should have thrown the competition for the sake of job security? Naaah...that wouldn't be much fun!
6. Completed 48 weeks of Project Life. And still going! I'm proud that I've hung in there with this project, despite getting pretty far behind, and having to really buckle down to catch up. Not going to lie - I was disappointed that I didn't make the Creative Team. BUT, that's not why I started the project, and that's certainly not going to stop me from finishing it.
7. Made strides in my meditation practice. I'm certainly not "all zen & shit" (like the Ventage Girls like to say) - but I'm feeling really good about the efforts that I've made (and continue to make).
8. Learned to advocate for my own health. I spent A LOT of time in doctor's offices this year. I spent A LOT of money. Along the way, I learned to ask more questions, challenge more treatments, and be unapologetic in demanding alternatives.
9. Pulled off an epic surprise for my parents. Still can't believe that no one spilled the beans.
10. I got happy. That's a bold claim for an accomplishment list, eh? At some point in October, when the stress of all of the transitions was starting to settle, I realized that the only thing holding me back from happiness was...me. A combination of meditation, a fierce allegiance to my OLW, a never ending stack of self-help books, and the eternal love of my friends brought me back to a happy place.
I'm still in the thinking stages of my 2013 list. I know that it will involve yoga, some new recipes, a lot of writing, and a few leaps of faith. Stay tuned!
Lee Currie is leading this fabulous Reverb12 project - a chance to reflect on 2012 before (or while) setting intentions for 2013.