Day 365 | 2018 in Review
It’s dark gray and raining this morning. So I’ve turned on the twinkle lights, made a cup of coffee, and slipped back into bed to spend a few more minutes reflecting on 2018. Ani is here, too, of course. New Year’s Eve.
It’s a been a good year. A quiet year. A year of just being.
The kind of year a spirit needs to heal.
It was not always easy.
And still, a scroll through my photo roll reminds me just how abundant it was.
I’m borrowing Susannah Conway’s method to review 2018 (I don’t think she’ll mind). A round-up of some of what happened (and didn’t happen), because it is good for me to have these reminders.
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Surgeries | 1
Butterflies raised | 3
New places visited | 2 (Colorado, Missouri)
New tattoos | 0
Music festivals | 1
Number of times I went to see the Bohemian Rhapsody movie | 3
Number of times I cried when seeing the Bohemian Rhapsody movie | 6
Books written | 0
Books started to be written | 5
Books read | more than I can remember
. Watching the meteor shower with my family on Six Mile Lake.
. Camping with girlfriends in the gorge and almost dying from the heat but not really dying and eating power cookies when we couldn’t climb any more.
. Seeing a black bear for the first time in Asheville from a mini-van filled with friends.
. First hike post surgery.
. First solo camping.
. Learning how to paddle-board (finally!)
. Walking in the snow with my brother.
. Driving into Rocky Mountain National Park at dawn and seeing two elk bulls sparring. And then later, a baby moose and it’s mom.
. Solo hiking through the aspens in CO.
. Seeing two beautiful humans exchange vows in the mountains.
. Louisville Orchestra, Cincinnati Orchestra, St. Louis Orchestra.
. A sunset from a friend’s room on the 8th floor of the hospital.
. Teeny weenie potatoes.
. Witnessing a caterpillar turn into a chrysalis and then a butterfly.
. Hiking 10 miles in the rain with new friends.
. First visit to St. Louis.
. Jai Wolf.
. Partio Sessions.
. Nana and her FB messages.
. Getting caught in a downpour at the Arboretum.
. Yearly Tarot reading.
. Accepting a new job.
Some Favorite Things
movies | Bohemian Rhapsody (clearly), A Quiet Place, I Tonya, Deadpool 2 (if you didn’t laugh a lot watching this, then I am sad for you)
books | Braiding Sweetgrass, Desert Solitaire, Bird by Bird
music | Mogli, Alexis Mahler
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The rhythm of the rain is soothing and beckons me to spend the day in slow movement. Soon, I will attempt to make my first gluten-free sourdough bread. And my sights are set on a dinner of smoky polenta and garlicky greens. A salted bath. And a list of what I want to create, who I want to be, and where I want to go, in 2019.
May your ending be sweet gold.
Your beginning, an ocean blue.