#reverb10 – hard to stay caught up!

{For the month of December I’m participating in #reverb10 – an online initiative that prompts people to reflect on the past year and look towards the new one.}

I’ve got two to catch up here! Sorry for slacking! Tis the season, you know?

December 21 – Future Self: Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?) (Author: Jenny Blake)

Keeping in the theme of five (i.e. five years from now), I would tell myself these five things:

  • Try as hard as possible to live in the moment. Worrying about the future does you no good.
  • Work hard to manifest and invoke the things you want. Therefore, be careful about the juju you put out in the world – focus on the positive and know that good things are coming your way and that you deserve them.
  • Spend as much time as you can with your family. Time is precious.
  • Be good to your body. It’s the only one you have. Be a good steward of your own health, treat your body like a temple, be forgiving of the things you can not change.
  • Let go of expectations. They just get you into trouble.

Keeping the theme of 10 (i.e. a letter to myself 10 years ago), I would have told myself these 10 things:

  • It’s not your job to fix other people and it’s not okay to allow them to victimize you because they are victims themselves.
  • You’re life will look nothing like you imagine it will 10 years from now and that’s okay because it’s better than you think.
  • Food is not a coping mechanism – stop turning to it for the wrong reasons.
  • Yes, you are clumsy. It’s okay. It can be endearing if you let it be.
  • Some day soon your sister will be one of your best friends. Neat, huh?
  • Some day soon you will realize that your parents are not infallible and that’s okay and will alter your relationships with them in good ways.
  • Don’t settle. Don’t ever settle.
  • Any change worth making in your life needs to come from your own desire to change. You can’t do it for someone else.
  • Show appreciation. You get pretty good at doing that, but if you start now, all the better.
  • You’re going to make some really good friends in your 30’s. Be excited and value them!

December 22 – Travel: How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year? (Author: Tara Hunt)

We went to Mexico! This was my first real vacation in YEARS. Like eight or nine. By real vacation I  mean a vacation where you get on a plane and wind up in a place so unknown and different from your day-to-day that there’s no doubt you’re on vacation. I’ve taken time off in those eight or nine years but for staycations, which don’t seem to count sometimes. We spent most of our Mexico trip on the beach, sitting on our asses, drinking Corona and reading. It was blissful.

In 2011 I have two travel goals:

1. Go to Tennessee to visit my little brother and his wife. He’s in the Army and I’ve yet to visit him since he enlisted eight years ago. He’s been home to see us, but I’ve not been out to see him. Inexcusable!
2. Take an Alaskan cruise. This was initially the manfriend’s idea and he seems to be rethinking this option, but I’m committed to getting him passionate about it again.

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