Originally I made up my mind I wasn't going to do this, but having seen some of the great insights that others have had, I thought well, why not. I need to put my thinking cap on now and again and get my brain to work, so here goes.
Reverb prompt 1. How are you starting this last month of 2012?
Take a moment, close your eyes, take a deep breath and ask yourself the question: how do you feel...
... in your body? in your mind? in your day job? in your creative life? in your heart?
Well, as we are now well into December, its quite hard to remember back over a week to precisely how I felt on the first day of the month, but I know that generally I'm feeling good. I suppose my body could feel a little better, I'm slightly overweight, which is not unusual for this time of the year, and I wish I wasn't, but my mind is settled and calm, my creative life is fulfilling and my heart is happy.
Reverb prompt 2. What was your most significant expenditure in 2012?
It doesn't have to be necessarily the biggest expenditure, just the one with the most impact.
What difference has it made to your life?
This is easy, we moved house back in April, paying the largest amount of money we have ever spent on the purchase of our new home. It is a truly wonderful house and is perfect for us in every way, we'll be spending the rest of our lives here, I know that for sure. The difference to our lives has been to eliminate a few significant negatives that had accumulated during the four years we lived in our previous house.
Reverb prompt 3.
Imagine a scenario where you only had one year left to live. What is
one thing that you really wish to do that you just haven't had the
chance to accomplish yet?
What steps could you take (however small) to ensure that you accomplish this thing in 2013?
I dont think there is anything that I would really wish to do that I haven't had the chance to accomplish yet. As in the first response, I am very happy with my life as it is now, my family (children and spouses, grandchildren) are all happy and comfortable and I would hope they stay that way. Our new home is perfect for us and we are in the process of tidying up a few little areas of surface decoration, I'm also in the process of constructing a couple of raised beds for growing veg next year, so all in all, I'm satisfied with things as they are.
Reverb prompt 4.
How are you going to celebrate your SELF this festive season?
With help from my darling husband, we are going to ensure that we dont eat too much, drink too much, or spend too much. We'll enjoy having our two younger sons with us for a festive meal, and then we'll look forward to the new year with positive feelings and hopes that things stay on an even keel for all concerned. I dont feel the need for more than that.
Reverb prompt 5.
What was your dream destination in 2012 and why?
It can be a town, city, country or region -- real or imaginary -- and doesn't matter if you actually got there or not!
My dream destination for 2012 was my new home, it was 15 miles away from where I was living, but the house sale/purchase had been going on since July 2011 and didn't come to fruition until late April 2012, it was such a relief to finally arrive, lock, stock and barrel in our new home after some very stressfilled months.
Reverb prompt 6.
Compare the “you” from the beginning of 2012 to the “you” that you
are now. What new skills or talents have you learned or discovered this
At the beginning of the year I had to learn to be patient, it was a hard lesson, as we so desperately wanted to move but being in a chain of 5 meant that we just had to wait until all other parties in the chain got themselves sorted. There was simply nothing else we could do.
Later in the year I taught myself to make a quilt for my granddaughter. I wouldn't say I'm a great quilter, and I'm not even sure that I want to make any more quilts, but it was something I wasn't able to do at the start of the year.
Reverb prompt 7.
What's the one thing you want to take with you into 2013?
My current state of happiness, contentment and feeling of all being well with my own little corner of the world.
Ok thats enough to be getting along with, I'll play catch-up with the rest of the prompts later this week.
Linking to Reverb 12