I started year in review to show off all the things I accomplished in my first year in Toronto. The one where I packed in as much life experience as possible into twelve months.
This year was not like that. This year was much slower.
(Exhibit A: I’m posting this over a month late)
But in that time, I learned how to measure this year by a different yardstick. In doing so, I realize I do have much to be proud of from the past twelve months:
- Learned how to cross-country ski
- Produced 2 shows: 1st Annual Nelson Talent Show and wrote/directed/performed/produced Kimbourne Park United Church’s Christmas Pageant in December 2017
- Committed to gardening at Garden@Kimbourne
- Traveled to Vancouver for a true vacation with my best friend
- Learned how to knit
- Stood by my little sister as Maid of Honor at her wedding
- Invested time and energy in a new relationship filled with wonderful firsts, more “family” in Canada, and so much FUN
- Three cottage weekends for Canadian summer chill time
- Went ATV-ing for the first time
- Made my own herbal tea
- Attended a bachelorette party for the first time
- Learned how to bake strawberry rhubarb and honey pear pies
- Traveled to Thunder Bay, London, and Hamilton, ON
- Attended my first Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game (and they won!)
- Observed a solar eclipse
I didn’t want to take a pause from major creative projects. I didn’t want to get out of the habit and slow my roll there. But I did. It’s not that I gave up–not at all–but that I had to invest my energy elsewhere. This year that meant more time for family and deep relationships. It meant learning to say, “No” and “Not yet” with a strong conviction and understanding of my limits.
I found this super useful map from Firefly Creative Writing last month that explains it really well. As it turns out, I’m not off the map; I have simply been in a long, recharging hibernation.
I can’t wait for this fall when I move out of my hibernation season and back into pollination, germination, and blooming.