Stories

What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world?

As you have probably guessed, rewriting stories is something I’m a big fan of. I started off my young adulthood with a story about how no one loved or supported me, which led me into some pretty [...]

Gift

This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?

This year’s most memorable gift is clarity: my own clarity about both myself and others, and the clarity and compassion with which others have been able to see me.

But my new fancy-pants bathrobe is [...]

Defining moment

Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year.

Quite possibly the single most defining moment of 2010 for me was the one where I knew that my longstanding relationship was finally over. It cascaded into a series of events wherein I gained a clearer sense of who I [...]

Achieve

What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today.

The thing I most want to be [...]

Ordinary joys

Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?

One of the first things I remember learning about happiness is that one of the secrets to it is being able to derive joy from small, ordinary things, so I love this prompt extra. [...]

Food

What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul?

Food is one of my favorite things, and as a result, I eat kind of a lot of mindblowing food. I had an incredibly fantastic meal at Journeyman this year, of which the standout dish [...]

Photo

Sift through all the photos of you from the past year. Choose one that best captures you; either who you are, or who you strive to be. Find the shot of you that is worth a thousand words. Share the image, who shot it, where, and what it best reveals about you.

This photo was taken [...]

All shall be well

[I skipped yesterday's prompt about changing your name because I love mine!]

What was the best moment that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright? And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead?

I don’t have any really strong feelings about whether everything is going to be okay, but I [...]

Travel

How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year?

This past year, I traveled only locally: to western Massachusetts dozens of times, to my family’s camp in upstate New York, and to Cape Cod. This year, that felt like plenty of being away.

In 2011, I’m hoping to get [...]

Future

Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead?

Take it easy. Be gentle. I know it all feels urgent, but you don’t really have to do it all at once.

You already know exactly what you need. Trust yourself a little more. [...]