Celebrating 2009: A Year in Review Part 2

by jenn on December 31, 2009

in Year in Review

I guess you could say I’m a bit of a self-help geek considering my idea of a good time for ringing in the new year consists of paper, glue, and reflection instead of bubbly, confetti, or noise makers. I enjoyed finishing my year-in-review exploding box to commemorate 2009 and reflecting on my end-of-year inquiries as a follow-up to listing what I’m celebrating from the year.

What are you most proud of?

  • Setting the intention that I would land a book deal and sticking through the process even when it was challenging and disheartening.
  • Showing up fully right from the get-go at my Expressive Arts Teacher Training (especially in light of it being at the same location where I had a difficult time a few years before).
  • Trusting my creative flow.

What was your biggest learning?

  • Having fabulous, inspiring, and supportive creative cohorts is essential. Collaborating with the right people makes all the difference.
  • Valuable growth comes from failure. It’s part of the process.

How did you stretch yourself?

  • I hit the road a lot this year – attending the book expo, leading workshops, giving talks, and visiting friends.
  • Last year I got tons of great experience doing work through other groups and organizations, but this year I stretched myself by focusing on and growing my own body of work.

Who did you lean on for support?

  • I’m so very grateful for all the wonderful support I have from my husband. He provides me with lots of encouragement and he helps me in so many ways.
  • I don’t know where I’d be without my amazing book coach, Jan King. She helps me through every step of this publishing journey.
  • My mentor and intuitive painting teacher, the wise and generous Chris Zydel.
  • The Nurture Huddle.
  • My friends, family, and my fellow creative entrepreneurs.

How will you celebrate who you’ve become?

  • Doing my reflection exercises has been a meaningful way for me to celebrate. I’m also looking forward to doing more work in Leonie’s gorgeous 2010 Goddess Planner.
  • Tomorrow I’m going to go to a New Years Day yoga class. I know it will be a great way to kick off the new year.
  • Keep honoring my self-care Fridays and scheduling a massage for January.
  • Oh, and I just might buy myself a new pair of designer jeans!

I hope you take some time to reflect on your year. I loved seeing my fellow wishstudio columnist Shona Cole share her year-end celebration. Way to go!

Happy New Year! Wishing you a wonderful 2010!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

iHanna January 3, 2010 at 11:02 am

Happy New Year and thanks for a whole year of inspirationl posts and sharing here on your blog! 🙂

Monica January 3, 2010 at 11:40 am

i loved reading your “Year in Review” posts! your site is so inspiring and your artwork also. i do hope to participate in your e-course/workshop for creative entrepreneurs when you host one this year =-)
I will definitely have to subscribe to this site!

Babita Dubay January 9, 2010 at 9:36 am

I so love your blog…began following in and out since a few mths now…it’s so well put together and just pretty and nice! 🙂 Makes me feel like I’m under a waterfall when I come in here…very professionally done! 🙂

I can only aspire for higher but I did a reflections blog myself this year…Christmas was hardly a bah humbug for me though as I held an entire Advent calendar! :)Here is how I reflected…

http://meadysmusings.blogspot.com/2009/12/advent-calendar7th-day-of-christmas-and.html

Felt it was a refreshing exercise especially after going into my meditation cave with Shiv on the Thurs to decide what to do…will blog on the result of that exercise soon…

http://meadysmusings.blogspot.com/2010/01/advent-calendarthe-last-day-of.html

Hope to follow more of you pursuits in this new year! I guess this is how it is when you go in fully with your right brain… what a thing! I still wear the left often as I need to for my full time job and so cannot abandon it yet like you but it creates such a pretty world for sure!:) And I often visualise my right brain trying to sucker punch my left! LOL!

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