For many of us in the U.S., this marks more than six months that we have been in quarantine. I refer to it as ‘self solituding’ and the experience has been both terrifying and comforting. In mid-March, as the buds were beautifully blossoming, I was turning inward, attempting to wrap my mind around the possibility […]
I have always enjoyed reading letters sent from family and friends as their year in review and all the (mostly) way cool things they have done. Call it a vicarious ride. I can imagine the pride felt with graduations and performances. I can visualize the places they have been while on the road. I can feel the joy of adventures. Yes, there are also losses and letting go of what they thought the year ‘should’ be like and those ought to be acknowleged too.
I love reviewing my own life that way. Alth0ugh I do it every day, going over the events of the day before drifting off into dreamland, it is even more fun to add up the blessings over the 12 months period; even those that don’t seem that way at the time.
As 2019 comes to a close in a few weeks, I am seeing them before me, some marching, skipping and dancing in delight and some slowly meandering in contemplative mode.
- Said goodbye to my dear friend Ondreah Johnson in two memorial services I officiciated.
- Found out that I will be a grandmother. My grandbaby is due to arrive in January.
- Began writing for several new venues.
- Facilitated numerous workshops.
- Co-facilitated a 400+ person Cuddle Party.
- Met extraordinary people both in person and via social media.
- Passed the five year mark post heart attack.
- Hugged hundreds (maybe thousands of people) as the founder of Hugmobsters Armed With Love.
- Attended four Pridefests in my area and offered FREE MOM HUGS.
- Hugged in front of the White House.
- Hugged in Canada.
- Was interviewed by major publications about my FREE HUGS mission: Woman’s World, Woman’s Day, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Intelligencer, Philadelphia Magazine, as well as various radio shows and podcasts, including The Why on NPR.
- Traveled to Canada to visit my friend Shayne Traviss who published his first book.
- En route stopped by to stay with Jody Kessler, Doug Shire and their dog Yogi in Ithaca, NY.
- Read tons of books, watched numerous videos and listened to bunches of podcasts to inform my writing.
- Showed up, stood up and spoke out at various peace and social justice events.
- Celebrated the marriage of the daughter of a dear college friend and got to have a fun and frolicing reunion with those who were part of that pivotal time in my life in the 1970s and 80s.
- Was in a photo shoot for Burlesque in Bucks that is raising money for FACT and will be in a fashion show in January.
- Had some long needed repairs done on my house, including replacing a door and window.
- Aquired some graphic design skills.
- Taught mindfulness and yoga for tiny humans.
- Let go of some long standing patterns that were no longer serving me.
- Came to terms with a major regret and put it in its place.
- Willingness to forgive myself for what I can’t change.
- Got hired as a consultant/social media maven for two local companies.
- Saw two amazing concerts, Ringo Starr and Michael Franti.
- Pitched major publications as a freelance writer. Fingers and toes crossed that they say a hearty YES!
- Pitched NPR on a podcast idea.
- Released relationships that weren’t healthy and set boundaries with 0thers.
- Saw a few hundred clients in my counseling practice.
- Took more naps.
- Maintained a fitness routine.
- Said thank you countless times.
- Had many Godversations.
Looking forward to next year’s wonders.