It took me a little bit longer this year. January was busy with tying up loose ends at work, preparing for a cross country move, and countless doctor’s visits. So happy to report a week after arriving here in Ojai, we made it!!! More accurately, 2/3 of us are here, not counting my baby bump. I still have a husband who is driving our packed Subaru of earthly treasures we could not part with for the next 4 months through New Orleans as I type. (And I’m crossing my fingers some of my old journals made the cut!)
I’m so grateful to be here, especially for the time and space to create what is next. I was feeling incomplete as 2012 ended with more change than I ever imagined when I set out to write my intentions for the coming year on a beautiful New Year’s Day 2012. (Again, those journals would help me here, but these are images from 1/1/12 I’m holding onto: )
last family picture with the 4 of us
my favorite picture of the year
New Breezy Point home – (11 months pre-Sandy) 1/1/12
Love this picture of Greg, Janie, & Libby
New Year’s 2012 was a spectacular 50 degree day; a rarity in January. I soaked it in, wanting to capture the day’s essence- planning a new year which would captivate this kind of day. I remember being jealous of my friend who was writing out her intentions for 3 hours – (she has no children). Three hours of uninterrupted writing was a dream for me, but a 15-month old Evan cooperated that afternoon, and I wrote a few thoughts in my journal (wishing it was here now…) Maybe I wrote about wanting to hold onto the feeling of beauty and family. Maybe I wrote about knowing some changes were ahead: working less hours to have more time to create, freeing myself from debt, finding an answer to “where should we live?” Only time (and that journal entry) will tell.
Instead, these photos are my memories of 2012. I recently completed Susannah Conway’s Unraveling the Year Ahead. For all of you other late bloomers to 2013, I would still HIGHLY recommend her free resource. It brought me such gratitude honoring my journey over the past 12 months.
picking out Valentine’s Day cards – 2012
Malibu with friends – planting of California seeds
My Timeless Gratitude Workshop
picture from one of our first night in June as Breezy Point residents
my last adult weekend at Revel in AC. The fancy drinks pool-side and sink did this baby good!
- one of my last morning walks with Journey to the promenade
bird feathers = reminders of Journey
the fascination of gnomes began here
my ride and his chariot
watching him play
Accountability buddies masterminding in the city
an hour alone on the beach on a September weekday afternoon
Ashes and shells
we found and planted Magic Wands: (one for him, me, and Dad)
what was left in Breezy Point after the fire – post-Sandy
fun in capes
hanging with the gnomies
Heath’s shower – a year of celebration with good friends
sign when returning to Breezy for belongings
Gaga and her babies
Here are some of my own unravelings about 2012…
My word for 2012: UNENCUMBERED - letting go of physical possessions, our home, responsibilities, debt, creating space for what I want and de-cluttering
What did I embrace in 2012?
What did I let go of in 2012?
- living life on automatic (becoming conscious with all big decisions)
What did I discover about myself in 2012?
I am way more adaptable than I give myself credit for. I can easily go with the flow and plan/adjust as needed.
So watch out 2013 because the word that keeps coming up is CREATE/BIRTH. So many wonderful things already, and new things to come. I am so ready for this journey~
How about you? I’d love to hear your words for 2013. Won’t you come and unravel with me?