Healing: Year in Review

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:



  • 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.

As the season’s change from summer to fall, I hope you find new beginnings as well.

About austinausten88

Playwright in love with Classic films, afternoon tea, and Noel Coward. She recently graduated from Rice University. In the fall, she will be exchanging her English major undergraduate status for that of Theatre & Performance Studies graduate student.
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2 Responses to Healing: Year in Review

  1. Nancy SULC says:

    Hi love your yearly re-caps. I too am coming out of a hibernation and what I call a period of rebirth!

    Your life is really blooming in so many ways! I am happy and excited to see where your future will lead you!!

    All my love, Mommy

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Sam & Olga says:

    You are an easy going and easy to talk to kind of girl with a creative edge. We enjoy your company and look forward to a long relationship. Sam & Olga

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