So, Mary Wise (Bozoette), had her first Sunday Stealing, and this is my first stealing from hers! Some of these questions are TOUGH! And, unfortunately, my answers aren’t very happy for the most part! But, they do tell a tale of my past year. Makes me realize I have to make some major changes for 2015!!!
1.What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
(Since I don’t have any grandchildren, do I have to pick?) Nothing about 2014 was incredibly phenomenal…although I had a lot of nice things happen. Nonetheless, I think events from other years would make up the stories I would tell my grandchildren.
2.If you had to describe your 2014 in 3 words, what would they be?
Frustrating. Comfortable. Stagnant.
3.What new things did you discover about yourself?
That I could be as bored & frustrated with myself as I was…and that I didn’t do much to fix it. I’m glad it’s over. This year has begun better already!
4.What single achievement are you most proud of?
Continuing to be available to friends and students who reach out to me. (I seem to be able to dole out advice better than I take it.)
5.What was the best news you received?
That my brother finally had healthcare coverage and was applying for long-overdue disability!
6.What was your favorite place that you visited in 2014?
Idyllwild, CA & Tucson, AZ
7.Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?
Listening and compassion.
8.Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?
No question: Cheryl.
9.Which new skills did you learn?
Dang. It’s hard to teach an old gal new tricks…none come to mind.
10.What, or who, are you most thankful for?
My kid, even when she makes me crazy.
11.If someone wrote a book about your life in 2014, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?
My 2014 would be a self-help documentary…kinda boring, but filled with challenges and life lessons.
12.What was the most important lesson you learned in 2014?
Keep forgiving myself for the stupid things I do. (on ongoing process)
13.Which mental block(s) did you overcome?
Not sure that I have…
14.What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?
Cheryl, Barbara, Judy GS, & 2 Connies
15.What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?
Allowing myself to accept and believe praise. (this one is actually getting easier as I get older!)
16.How did your relationship to your family evolve?
Again, not sure if it did. I don’t have much family–a brother and a daughter. Relationships with both had highs and lows. Don’t think they were different or more evolved than the year before.
17.What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?
None that I recall.
18.What was your favorite compliment that you received this year?
A couple of emails from students of long ago thanking me for recent changes in their jobs/careers that they attribute to something I helped them learn or understand. I love getting these unexpected bits of light in my mail!
19.What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?
Being with my dog…walking him; bathing him; playing with him. Also, recognizing that I am wise old crone of our work team. Many of my colleagues look to me for counsel on many things.
20.What cool things did you create this year?
New presentation on Information Design for STC audience.
21.What was your most common mental state this year (e.g., excited, curious, stressed)?
Although content for the most part, I was frustrated with myself for several bad habits that seemed to weigh me down.
22.Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?
Worked with my attorneys on the suit against the restaurant where I fell late in 2013. (not exactly a positive thing…but it was the first time in my life I’ve been involved in a suit.)
23.What was your favorite moment spent with your friends?
Long weekend in San Clemente with four of my BFFs–trip to Tucson with Cheryl was also a top runner!
24.What major goal did you lay the foundations for?
25.Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?
None come to mind because I try not to worry…don’t give it much energy. Sometimes, I think I should worry more!