Category Archives: 2012-review

2013: Lessons to Take With Me


Part two of my annual round-up. For part one, check out my annual review for 2012

The last year, or two, weren't easy--and full of lots of mistakes--but incredible and far better than the first half of my twenties. I've mused lately, in my 29th yearwhat this decade will add up to. What have I done? What does my daily life look like? How have I changed? Have I made a mark on the world? 

By and large, the latter half of the decade was far more psychologically and personally satisfying--coming into stride with many of my quirks and idiosyncracies, delighting in saying no in order to stay at home and work on a project purely because my soul wanted to, and deciding to skip, sing, hold hands and lie on the floor when I felt like it--all of this slowly built a foundation of happiness and glee I wasn't accustomed to after coming off of years of teenage (and early twenty-something) angst. It's worth saying, however, that much of the groundwork for many of my leaps and bounds between age 25-29 came through several years of dedicated, isolated, and non-public personal and professional efforts in my younger years.

In short: it gets better. For those who work hard, and who are exploring and taking chances, it adds up. Keep going. Learning compounds, (the right) friendships deepen, people stop caring if you have acne or armpit sweat or if you spit a little when you talk (or they tell you, directly and kindly) and generally they care more that you're passionately geeky about something, that you take your energy and focus it on making things happen, that you're crafting both an identity and a legacy in the world, albeit through trial and error. If you're in a slough--and I've had years of undulations, so I understand the melancholy that can come from not understanding just-quite-what-to-do-next--stick it out another season, and keep experimenting.

In the meantime, here's what I've gleaned along the way, particularly lessons that have solidified over the last year. In looking back through the essays on this site and musing over what I'd like to take with me, here's what I'd like to carry with me for this next spin around the sun.

Almost everything is far easier said than done.

It can take a year or a decade to learn a lesson and build a practice or a habit I joke that it takes me a year to learn a habit because I've got twelve months to try 30 days over again, and by the 8th or 9th time, I'm almost there. Yoga took me four years to get into. Running took me three years. Blogging, two years (or ten, depending on how you count and whether copious emails and live journal count as blogging). Every lesson I've learned I had to learn personally. reading other's wisdom didn't cement the idea into my soul, my being.

So for everything below, I'll write the lessons--but in all probability, you'll also have to learn them yourself.... Continue Reading

2012: Year In Review

Pelican on the San Francisco Bay, November 2012 (see below for the photo-behind-the-photo). This is my typical annual review, a process by which I review this blog, my life (although not all of it is shared here), the lessons I’ve learned, and some of the growth that’s occurred through projects and processes I have (orContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Happy Holidays 2012!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and all the love and joy I can send your way over the holidays. Thanks for being here, for building such an amazing community, and for teaching me so many things over the past year. I’ve learned so much from each of you who write in, comment, and tell me storiesContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Do You Have A Life Philosophy?

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! May your hearts, minds, families and homes be filled with gratitude and blessings. As part of this season’s focus on gratitude and thanks, I’m doing a huge number of THANKSGIVING GIVEAWAYS!  I’m giving away lots of good things throughout the entire month of November (and now I’m up until Christmas–I have moreContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Building Something Bigger (And a Peek Behind The Curtain): My Monthly Review

It’s the end of the month (Happy Halloween!) and I’m sitting down to do my monthly review–which happens as close to the 30th as I can get each month, give or take a couple of days depending on my schedule and deadlines. I find that I like to check-in on the 30th to see how thingsContinue ReadingContinue Reading

The Stories of Humanity and the Power of Connection: #WDS 2012 Recap (Day 1)

What does it mean to be human? Humanity is what you say to someone when you think no one’s watching. It’s what you do when you’re all by yourself. Humanity is what you feel when you watch another person suffering, and decide to either do nothing, or do something. Humanity is the ability to reach out and hug someone. Humanity is being grateful for your family, your friends, and your ability to do something in this world. Humanity is the ability to trust, the ability to connect, the ability to touch. To be human means we can move, create, love, share, and laugh. Humanity—the essential element or essence of being human is more than what you do. It’s who you are, and who you are able to be together. It is the ability for one thousand people to sing–as a group–the entirety of “Don’t Stop Believing,” and fill a theater with our voices.Continue Reading

Chasing Freedom: Independence, Adventure, and The Year-Long Secret Race to #WDS

INDEPENDENCE. WHAT IS IT? A year ago, I went to one of my first conferences I’ve ever attended—aptly titled, “The World Domination Summit.” (Try telling your parents and your colleagues about this one. Bemused looks and strange faces ensued.) I went anyways. As a slightly more introverted than extroverted person who struggles a bit with socialContinue ReadingContinue Reading