It has been an unsettling week. My hubby had surgery Monday, was in hospital for 2 nights and then went back yesterday. He is doing okay - just some complications. We missed 2 special Christmas celebrations and decorating our tree. At least it is up - with lights. And we have gotten some extra time together. Even sat and watched "Larry Crowne" last night.
I have read a lot this week ( I discovered and read "Kate Morton's "The Distant Hours"), with just a bit of art done .
After 2 1/2 days away from school, my class were quite happy to have me back Thurs. (and I was very happy to be back).
Now we just have to wait for follow-up and for my hubby time to heal.
The Artist's Way
I did a few more tasks with Chapter 11. It was by far the most enjoyable.
My journal is slowly filling up with lists and tasks done. I still have to go back and do a number of tasks throughout the book. My art dates were the few times I actually got to create art.
The morning papers still elude me. I was able to write a few times at night - still my preferred time.
It is hard to believe there's only one chapter to go.
I took part in the "Heart Exchange" through Louise Gale's blog. What a lovely experience. We each had a partner for whom we made something from our heart to theirs. I received a gorgeous heart book from Jenna. What a thoughtful gift - one that I am going to use to inspire me in 2012!
(thanks so much Jenna and Louise!)
Planning for 2012
There is so much available to help in planning for 2012.
I just signed up for Ali Edwards "One Little Word 2012" online course, which will run all year. I have been choosing a word to help guide me with intention throughout the new year for a couple of years.
For 4 weeks in December, at "Myles Ahead", you can start a weekly process of visioning for the year ahead.
The 100 questions exercise was very interesting and has resulted in 10 questions/themes I hope to pursue in 2012.
Reverb 2011 has begun again, although through a different organizer than last year.
With all three of these groups, the primary goal has been to choose a word of intention for 2012. I made a preliminary list of 20 words and have finally chosen my word. Actually, it is one small phrase, as it encompasses so much of what I want 2012 to be.
I turn 60 in early January and so begins a a new decade, one that I want to be healthy, eventful, and exciting.
The phrase is "Seize each day" from the Latin "Carpe Diem". (A fellow teacher has this as her license plate and I always feel it deep inside when I see it.) It can mean so much. I hope it forces me to reach out and do more and see more.
The 2 ATCs I created above hold 2 quotes that very much fit this phrase.