Thank you to Stacey, Betsy, Dana, Tara, Beth, Anna, Kathleen & Deb for this amazing platform to write and share writing! What a wonderful community you've created! I'm honored to be part of it. Join us at Two Writing Teachers.
With only thirty-seven days left until the new year, I want to reflect on 2015.
My one little word this year is FLY. What has the word brought to me? How has it changed me? FLY brought me a new friend, Jennifer, who shared this OLW for 2015. We became close and she inspires me with her kindness and her positive attitude! I'm grateful for my new friend.
FLY...it's hard to put into words how this word has changed me. It's given me permission. When I think of FLYing, I think of being free. This year has been a year of growth and a year where I'm working on accepting myself...all the part of myself, even the parts I don't like.
Doing things that help in that journey of self acceptance...writing retreat...listening to one of my favorite authors speak...being part of a book launch team...working on intentional friendships...writing a book...claiming the title introvert. All of these things have helped me FLY this year!
I've contemplated things that FLY and really thought about my fear of them. Changing that self-talk, I feel like I've come a long way from my irrational fear of birds.
Just yesterday I was listening to a song called, Superheroes by The Script and I heard the words for the first time. These lyrics say it well, "...you've been working every day and night, that's how a superhero learns to fly..." I've spent this year learning how to FLY.
Photography was another goal for me this year. The original plan was to take a picture everyday at the same time. I set my phone alarm for 5:22 PM. As the days and weeks went by, I loved seeing the pictures. As the months passed the time became a challenge, so I decided to use the hashtag #522Haseltine to remind me to take a photograph everyday...even if it wasn't at that time. I made a video with lots (not all) of the pictures. You can find #522Haseltine on Instagram and Twitter too.
What will 2016 bring? New OLW. New project. New opportunities and experiences!