#reverb10 – Avoidance. Um, can I avoid this prompt too?

{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.}

December 20 – Beyond Avoidance. What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?) (Author: Jake Nickell)

Well, in 2010 I avoided a very important resolution I had made, which was to quit eating sugar.

We all know that sugar is bad for us. But it goes beyond it being about calories or loosing weight. Sugar is a major cause of inflammation in the body and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that inflammation is bad, bad. Sugar also depresses the immune system and generally makes people feel like shit.

Having cut sugar from my diet at one point, I can fully attest to the benefits of doing so. But, damn, if it doesn’t taste good! It’s meant to be that way. Hell, there’s science out there that compares sugar addiction to a heroine addiction. Don’t believe me? Google it. I’m definitely a sugar addict. The minute I’m done with a meal, I’m searching out the sugar. This must stop, I tell you!

Back in the cave man days, sugary things were a rare commodity and they signaled a high calorie food that was consumed in the effort of plumping up. I don’t know about you, but I got some land to live off of on this bod – I don’t need plumping.

As for will I do it? Yes. But (didn’t you see the but coming?) – I will allow an occasional treat so I don’t go insane. And I’ll continue to use honey because I really do believe in it’s good properties. But refined sugar is out, out out!

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#reverb10 – I’m a slacker

{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.}

Well, I’m pretty much a slacker. I’ve missed the last eight prompts from the reverb folks. This past week I traveled for business (the first time I’ve ever done that – it was fun, but hectic) and then had a crazy week at work. Coming home in the evenings and ignoring the manfriend and Stella so I could blog just didn’t feel right. And now I feel too far behind to do all eight I’ve missed! Therefore, I’m going to pick the prompt that calls out to me the most and run with that. Then, for next week, I hope to be back on track!

December 15 – 5 Minutes Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010. (Author: Patti Digh)

  • Starting the year with a cleanse with the manfriend and then deciding to never do that again while trying to work at the same time.
  • Going to the rodeo in Denver with my parents, my sister and my nephew. The hay and dust drove my sister, my nephew and I through the roof, but we had fun. My nephew was in a great mood and a serious trooper despite an asthma attack and a supremely drippy nose!
  • Went to my friend Aimee’s baby shower where we all had to dress up in 80’s clothes. I rocked that shit! Poor Aimee had feet three sizes larger than normal and I remember thinking, “Poor girl looks miserable, but what a great attitude about it all.” She was just so happy about becoming a momma!
  • Taking my nephew swimming. He made me go down the super slide and it was a gas! I’m so glad he reminded me how fun it is just to let go and enjoy yourself from the perspective of a kiddo.
  • The loss of that tiny family member I’ve mentioned so often the past month. That single event (well, that and my accident) will encapsulate 2010 for me. But in good ways as well. A lot was learned from that experience.
  • Going to the Idaho Vapor Caves with my sister and spending some good time laughing, crying, and bonding. Man, do I love that woman!
  • Our trip to Mexico! Ah, vacation is good.
  • Our first, ill-fated, camping trip.
  • The entrance of a new friend in the backyard – JC.
  • Planting flowers with my mom, the guru. It was very fun to do something hands-on with her. Maybe this will be an annual thing?
  • A wonderful ceremony to commemorate a brief, impactful life in our backyard.
  • Camping with my sister, her manfriend, and my nephew. He’s a good little camper!
  • Adopting our wonderful little creature, Stella!
  • Enjoying the fruits of our great garden thanks to the hard work of the manfriend.
  • Crash, crunch, moan – accident time!
  • Visits from my brother and his wife as well as the manfriend’s mom and her manfriend.
  • The Rockie’s game with my dad. It’s an annual thing (his Father’s Day gift) and it’s always a highlight. Man, I love that guy!
  • Visiting my brother and his family in Colorado Springs. He cooked one of the best steaks I’ve ever had. I can still taste it!
  • Leaving one job I loved for another I’m coming to love.
  • The big 7-5 for my dad! We had a lovely brunch for him and he basked in all the attention, which was nice to see because he usually stays in the background observing.
  • A quiet Thanksgiving at home with some of my favorite people ever.
  • Holiday parties for work and friends

An there we are, pretty much up-to-date on the events of the year. I’ll admit I spent more than five minutes on this. But, what a great prompt! Probably my favorite so far.

#reverb10 – 11 things to dump for 2011

{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.}

December 11 – 11 Things What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life? (Author: Sam Davidson)

Alright, I’m going to pare this post down to just a basic list of what I don’t need. Is it half-assing it not to do the whole thing? I would think yes, but it’s been a looooong day, so I’m gonna cut myself some slack (see number nine).

1.  Pain from my car accident. I’m going to continue to do all I can to alleviate the pain and get my body back in order.
2.  Residual anger towards my ex. No need to keep carrying that crap around.
3.  Fear around not having enough money. The universe always seems to provide and I’ve worked really hard in the past year to get my finances in order.
4.  Dread for my workouts. By the end of every one of them, I feel great. It’s my choice to be there. It’s good for me. Quit stressing about it!
5.  The belief that my house has to be in perfect order at all times. I’ve already started working on this and it makes my relationship with the manfriend more pleasant (he’s not as picky about the house as I am).
6.  Expectation. Pretty broad right? I feel like letting go of expectations will help me feel more positive and feel more in the moment.
7.  Fear around loosing loved ones. It keeps me from truly enjoying them in this moment.
8.  Disbelief. Anything is possible, which can be a wonderful thing. It can also be a scary thing.
9.  A need to be busy at all times. It’s okay to take it slow, to be lazy, to do nothing. There will be more camping in 2011, and camping is a great excuse to do nothing but sit and read, or chat, or nap, or just gaze at a fire.
10. Feeling unworthy. I am worthy of all of the good things in my life. I’m a good person, I live by the Golden Rule, I deserve continued good things.
11. The notion that I must settle.

#reverb10 – PARTY!

{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.}

December 9 – Party Prompt: Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans. (Author: Shauna Reid)

Here’s the deal…I’m lame. I don’t party much. I did in my youth. “But you’re not all that old,” you say. And you’re right. But I feel I did my fair share of partying and now I’m over it. I much prefer a quiet dinner party with close friends at home drinking good wine, eating good food, wearing comfy clothes. Much more my speed these days.

For example, we had a little shin-dig at my parents when my brother and his wife were in town. My brother, my mom, my sister and I all drank too much and spent the better part of the night swapping stories and laughing our asses off. It’s hard to have that kind of concentrated time with people at a loud, crowded party.

Anyway, I suppose the only party I can cop to would be a celebration this year that was amazing. You know that itty bitty family member I’ve mentioned who passed away early this year? Well, we threw a celebration of her short little life in my backyard. A beautiful alter was set up, all of the guests brought flowers, the manfriend busted his hinney getting the yard looking nice despite the mounds of cotton falling from the trees, and my mom and I made some killer grub for everyone – wonderful things like chilled artichokes, fresh cheese, sweet potato coffee cake, lovely cupcakes, brie with raspberries wrapped in puff pastry – it was all very elegant!

We laid blankets in the grass for our picnic and everyone was requested to wear white. We laughed, we cried, we hugged, we told stories and it was all wonderful. My mom tried to instigate a human pyramid, but we shot her down. There were so many ways that could go wrong! All in all, it was a terrific afternoon and I’m so glad I was a part of it.

#reverb10: community

{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.}

December 7 – Community Prompt: Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011? (Author: Cali Harris)

Some people, like my sister, have a huge community of people around them. Between people she’s met through her son, dance classes, work, and so on, she knows a ton of people! I’ve always been a bit more reserved. Don’t get me wrong, I make friends relatively easily and I’m a friendly person, but I chose to cultivate fewer, closer relationships rather than cast a wide net. So for me, the sense of community might be a bit smaller, but I definitely know who I can count on no matter what.

That being said, I would say blogging has given my an increased sense of community in 2010. I started my blog in October of 2009 and it’s grown nicely over the past year. Even though I may not know everyone who reads my blog, and I certainly don’t *know* all of the people whose blogs I read, being a part of the blogosphere makes you feel connected to more people. I’ve learned details about people’s lives, and maybe visa versa, that I feel privileged to know. It’s a funny, funny thing.

A perfect example is my sister-in-law’s friend, Robin. Apparently Robin was bored one day and decided to pass the time reading my entire blog – from the beginning. She said it gave her a better insight into me and my family. It felt good to know that she enjoys my blog and would take the time.

In 2011 I hope to continue to spread my blogging wings – reading more, writing more, connecting (there’s that word again) more.

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