I just got back from my New Year’s Eve yoga class. In the opening class monologue, our teacher asked us to listen.  She said that the end of one year and the beginning of the next is a good time to listen to yourself and pay attention to what you hear.

I’m listening. It’s been a really long year, but it was rich and full. I was having a hard time thinking about what to write before class, but I can hear it now. Yoga is awesome.

I worked hard this year like I always do. This year, I worked so hard that my company is sending me on an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii for my birthday with a guest of my choice (I chose my fabulous sister and the birthday timing is just a wonderful coincidence). Not bad.

I didn’t just work hard, I played pretty hard too, in the way that a mature successful 43-year-old with her shit together plays, anyway.

I took not one, but TWO vacations this year. I traveled across the world to the exotic island of Bali and survived mosquitoes, overcame surfing injuries, and perfected my sidearm plank. Then I took an even more amazing trip closer to home where I exercised my little heart out, discovered all kinds of new healthy foods that I have incorporated into my life (kale chips are cooking right now!), and made some new friends.

I rekindled an old flame and got entangled in something complicated that led to some of the best and worst moments I have had in a long time. The ups were up and the downs were down, but I can say that I lived and loved in 2012, and that is what it is all about, right?

I had lots of great moments with family and friends up and down the east coast from Maine to Albany to Philly. I welcomed my third niece who is as cute as a button and the wonders of technology (and my photo happy sister and brother-in-law) allow me to continuously view photos of her every day.

On the inside, I continue to move in the right direction along the spectrum of inner peace. It is not something anyone else can see, but I feel it. I feel it in the moments that used to drive me completely insane that I can now shrug off and (mostly) laugh about. I feel it every time I lace up my running shoes or haul my but across town to do yoga. I feel it when I tell my younger friends that I will do dinner but will head home before the show because I don’t like indie rock bands or staying up really late, and I don’t have to! I feel it when I get a little sad and realize it’s been a while since I felt that way and when it doesn’t last as long as it used to.

I am pretty glad that I went to yoga tonight and spent some time “listening” back on my year. Thanks, Brynn, the yoga teacher.

I am going to close with the list of resolutions I made for myself when I kicked off my fall Happiness Project (remember that?). These will go with me into 2013 and beyond. They hang on my fridge I try to live them every day. I don’t always succeed but I have #8 so it’s cool.

  1. Do Stuff
  2. Talk to strangers
  3. Fake it till you make it
  4. Be open
  5. Look for what is interesting in people
  6. Do one thing at a time
  7. Practice gratitude
  8. Go easy on yourself
  9. Embrace your courage
  10. Be positive
  11. Live in the moment
  12. Spend time with people you love
  13. Breathe

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