December 1 One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
My one word for 2010 is transition. It was a crazy stressful year. I had some of the worst and best times of my life. There's a list out there somewhere about the most stressful things you deal with in life--I went through a good portion of them this past year. Here are some of the highlights (or lowlights, in some cases):
- Dad was diagnosed with cancer in Oct. 2009--we were dealing with a lot of treatments and decisions in 2010, including his surgery in May to remove the massive tumor from his colon. As far as we know he's cancer free. However, the whole experience really pushed me to grow up a little more, to deal with an issue that had never hit quite so close to home.
- Became roommates with someone I had only met twice
- Graduated from college in May
- Got married the day after graduation (and Dad had his surgery while husband and I were on our honeymoon in Mexico)
- Moved to Virginia in May (farthest I've lived from family and friends)
- Started my first full-time job in June
- Lived alone (for the first time) for two months while Desmond was student teaching in Tennessee.
- My husband's graduating in December and is up for a job--who knows where we'll end up
December 2 Writing.
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
I procrastinate in fear. A good idea will pop into my head, then I sit and think about why it's not a good idea, which talks me out of writing anything at all. Then I get up and do one of the other million things I need to do. It's a sad cycle. Best way to eliminate that? Don't think. Just write.