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27 December 2012 @ 02:34 pm
2012 in review  
From lewisian_gneiss by way of jillbertini (and with a couple of changes of my own):

What was your proudest achievement?
Your biggest change?
Your happiest moment?
Your saddest moment?
Your most exciting trip?
Your favourite meal?
The thing that made you laugh the hardest?
What did you do that surprised you the most?
What happened that you'd have never anticipated this time last year?
Who made you smile the most?




What was your proudest achievement?

The new space buildout at work. This was a whole new realm of knowledge and practice for me, and it's completely great. I've even had several people approach me in the last few weeks to say that they thought they were going to hate working in the new space, and now that they're there, they "absolutely love it". It's extremely different from any existing spaces in the company, and the decisions I made will serve as a guide for future buildouts. I'm super proud of the learning I did along the way, the teamwork that was involved in making it go, and the successful outcome we created.

Your biggest change?

Housing! Buying a house with amber_phoenix, and longueur and moving out of UDL after 8.5 years. It's approaching two months at Conspiracy of Delight, and every day, it feels more like home.

Your happiest moment?

No way I can pick one highlight happiest moment (which is itself a happy problem to have). Highlights include: the first night sleeping at Delight, fun fur with contessagrrl, so much laughter with so many people, soothing baby NAZ to sleep, tarot reading with redheadedmuse last January, Thanksgiving tradition with spike and eestiplika, Cards Against Humanity, Wyoming winter, standing firm on my boundaries, many more.

Your saddest moment?

My uncle's death.

Your most exciting trip?

I had a relatively homebody year this year, but I think my most exciting trip was New Orleans with contessagrrl in October.

Your favourite meal?

I don't usually think this way, but certainly the most individually memorable meal would have to be at The French Laundry with contessagrrl, amber_phoenix, and longueur.

The thing that made you laugh the hardest?

It's got to be Cards Against Humanity.

What did you do that surprised you the most?

It wasn't surprising by the time it happened, because I eased into the idea, but I certainly didn't start the year expecting to move into a shared home with two kids!

What happened that you'd have never anticipated this time last year?

Hm, I should have read this before answering the last one, but in general, the whole buying-a-house situation was not even on the horizon until spring, so in a variety of ways, it fits the bill here.

Who made you smile the most?

It's a happy circumstance that there's no one stand-out here. Pretty much everyone I spent significant amounts of time with made me smile a lot, all year.
 
 
I'm feeling: chipperchipper
 
 
 
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ruthless compassion: thinkyaroraborealis on December 27th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't always feel easy enough with my sadnesses and griefs to live it as widely as my happinesses, but I see this a something that I want to change to the extent that I can do so comfortably, because I see happiness and sadness as part of the same story, and I feel like my goal of living fully really relies on feeling and expressing both positive/negative, happy/sad, easy/hard, etc.

So, it's a work in progress, but this year, my saddest thing is personal but not private, and that's a good place to start in living it out loud.
Randy Smithrandysmith on December 27th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
If you're comfortable sharing, I'd be curious for details about the space buildout. I'm not ecstatic with our space layout at my current job, and "I thought I'd hate it but I really love it" makes me wonder if there's something I could learn and maybe pass on here.
blkblk on December 28th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
Nice recollection. I admire the way you approach your life with joy. :)