two prompts

Reverb10 inspired: a list and a dose of appreciation.


December 11 – 11 Things What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life? (Author: Sam Davidson)

Oh, I love I good list. Thank you Sam Davidson.

  1. Every e-course that crosses my twitter stream/email in box. It would take me all year to get through the podcasts, e-books and video tutorials I already have. I think I’ll start there.
  2. Friday night Yin. It’s hard to let go of things that you love, and I love teaching this class. But after taking on another class and honestly assessing my available energy, it’s clear that Friday nights need to open up.
  3. Stuff. With the studio clothes swap and book swap this year, it felt so good to have a swap bag where I could transfer things no longer needed. I intend to expand that swap mentality to other “things” in the house.
  4. Blogasana. This blog has served more than its purpose—what started as a Teacher Training assignment turned into an outlet and refueled a passion—and now it’s time to shift. With this shift is unknown, some grieving, and a lot of possibility.
  5. Going. Going going going eventually leads to gone. Slowing down and taking pause is the whole point of my new project.
  6. Sugar. This will be tough. Even post cleanse, knowing how good I felt off it, I didn’t sustain. I’m going for moderation in its lowest doses.
  7. February. I’ll be taking Recess — the month of February off of teaching — again.
  8. Attachment. To my pets in particular. Roxy’s chemo is going well, and Jack the cat came home, but both have been stark experiences of my intense attachment. Another tough life practice — softening the grip.
  9. Our couch. Bubby has wanted a new couch for months. In honor of affluence, we’ll make that a goal at the first of the year.
  10. Nighttime TV watching. I feel so much better when I read.
  11. A whispering. I reserve the last spot for a private, unnamed letting go.


December 14 – Appreciate What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? (Author: Victoria Klein)

This has been a year of embracing girlfriends. Lunches, sparkle parties, vision mapping, book of me, guitar playing girlfriends. Thank you from the bottom of my grateful heart.


Join in? Care to share any answers of your own?



5 Responses to “two prompts”

  1. 1 Emma December 14, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    giving up the blog? hm. hope you’ll still be writing elsewhere.

    i would like to give up obsessive adherence to ritual. to what i think i “should” be doing and feeling.

    i would like to give up procrastination, and start now instead of 2011, too.

  2. 2 Leili December 14, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    What a good prompt.

    Yes, a lot of possibility! Ever since Havi mentioned the word, I’ve been in love with possibility. Madeleine’s blog post has inspired me to host a vision mapping party (or something similar) for my friends in early January. Still feeling excited about the idea late last night, I wrote in my journal that I was “filled with possibility.” I’m looking forward to following your new project. :)

    Might I catch you for one last Yin class?

  3. 3 Elizabeth December 14, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    I am working on the attachment one too. It’s ok that I adore the pup. It’s not ok that I need him (to be ok, etc.) and it’s not good for him either. I think it goes along with next year’s word – trust.

  4. 4 Kate December 15, 2010 at 1:12 am

    What’s a sparkle party? This caught my interest, my friends call me a crow because I pick up sparkly things…………Kate

  5. 5 blogasana December 17, 2010 at 5:12 am

    @emma – yes, i sure will be writing still … just at a new place! i like how you’re going to stop procrastinating in 2011 early =)

    @leili – possibility – it is such a good word, huh? i’m glad it’s lingering from the weekend for you. one last yin class? maybe :D

    @elizabeth – those darn dogs stealing our hearts. trust is such a good word.

    @kate – that cracks me up – crow!!! you can read about “sparkle parties” on madeleine’s post today:
    did you know i *love* sparkles? sister crow…

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