|Þhingvellir National Park, Iceland - mrll 2012|
After a wonderfully stimulating and lengthy phone conversation yesterday with one of my closest friends, I have a bit of a list for myself; a basic daily structure around which I can build my goals and plans for the new year. She reminded me about the potent exercise of Morning Pages, taken from The Artist's Way, a book on my own personal list of essentials for creativity. We encouraged each other to have faith in ourselves, to believe in possibility, and to persevere when things get tough. We talked about going on a diet from the Internet (imagine!) and the amount of time that would free up for productive endeavours. We discussed starting the day with yoga & a protein shake rather than coffee & sugary cereal. She is a fellow photographer, and we will be collaborating on a photo-a-day project beginning January 1st that we will post on our respective blogs.
As 2013 rapidly approaches, I am taking the time to be thankful for the blessings that came into my life in 2012, and for all the successes and lessons of the past year. I am looking for patterns and indicators of the direction to head next, for signs and signals, for opportunities and collaborations, for wonder and knowledge, for challenges and goals. Most of all at the close of the year I feel thankful for the people in my life, my amazing friends and family, colleagues, mentors, and acquaintances, who are making this life so exciting, so uplifting, and so truly magical. Happy New Year.