December 10 – Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out?
I know I’ve been a broken record about this on my site, but it took up a lot of space during the year, and was generally a Big, Important Life Event for me. So, yes, obviously the wisest decision made in 2011 was Andrew and I leaving our jobs, renting out our apartment and going to Greece. I don’t know when we’ll be able to do something like that again – it’s going to take awhile to build up those depleted savings accounts! – but the effects will resonate for quite awhile. If you’ve read even a handful of entries from this site, you can probably figure out how it played out.
December 12 – This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?
I haven’t been feeling comfortable with my body these days – I haven’t attended yoga since last spring, I haven’t gone to a gym for much longer than that, I’ve been indulging a little too much (for instance, see what I wrote about food in my post about NYC). I need to get back on track. I remember how I felt, though, when we were in Agistri. Agistri is probably the place in the world I feel most integrated with my body, most comfortable and radiant, despite the fact that half the time I’m wearing the same outfit for days on end – usually some kind of t-shirt dress swapped with a tank top and jean shorts – and my hair is either damp or coated in salt from the sea water, or I’m just walking around in my bathing suit, not even caring who’s around. There is no makeup or jewelery in Agistri and yet, without fail, I feel sexier, more beautiful, more in tune with myself than when I’m in the city. I think I’m just relaxed. We would eat fresh eggs with the brightest yellow yolks, garlic scapes snapped from the side of the sea, bread from the bakery that if you didn’t go early enough you would have to wait until the next day for more. Salads made with cucumbers and tomatoes and olive oil and pepper. The heat would make you sweat, and then you’d jump into the sea. It’s hard not to feel good about yourself with all that goodness around you.
December 11 – 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?
I honestly can’t think of 11 things to eliminate, but, let’s see. I would like to examine how much I put online and eliminate the things I’m not comfortable with. I mean, there are throwaway thoughts on Twitter, maybe overshare-y posts on this site. Part of me is fine with it, but I also know that I haven’t really thought about it deeply, and I would like to be more mindful of what I put out into the world. I would like to eliminate doubt I feel about my novel, but I also know that’s part of the process. I would like to eliminate some of the blank wall space we have in our home and fill it with framed photos, but Andrew sent in an order for frames and mattes last week, so I guess that will be taken care of soon. I should probably eliminate the amount of lunch time food court meals I have at McDonalds. I guess.