In keeping with my annual tradition (2009, 2008), this Samhain Eve I’m reflecting on everything that’s happened this year. Samhain is the end of the old year and the beginning of the new; a perfect time for reflection and introspection.
In 2010, I AAA’ed two more catas, and danced through a full hour of random endless 8’s. We watched Leverage and Monk, we finished watching all of Poirot and Star Trek: The Next Generation, and we started on Deep Space Nine. The only video games of note were Monster Hunter Tri and IFComp 2010. I read Linchpin, The Art of Nonconformity, Flow, Outliers, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, How To Be Rich And Happy, All Marketers Are Liars, Small Is The New Big, The Lies of Locke Lamora, and Red Seas Under Red Skies.
In November, Kyeli and I had a fairytale wedding. It was the best day of my life. Two weeks later, I had coffee with Liz, which was Not A Date™ but was accidentally datelike enough to cause lots of drama.
In January, Kyeli and I talked about polyamory a lot, and I read Linchpin, which wins my Best Book of 2010 award.
In March, we wrote a Very Personal Ad for a new friend, and I did some wacky and exciting 401(k) juggling. I had coffee with Stacey a couple of times. We went to SXSW (badgeless), Nathalie and Johnny stayed with us, and we made lots more awesome friends, most notably Kelly. I arranged an elaborate quest in honor of Kyeli’s 33rd birthday, and also in honor of Kyeli’s 33rd birthday, we had a $33 sale on 52 Weeks to Awesome, and we put the profits toward a future trip to Portland.
In April, we released the First Annual World-Changing Writing Workshop, and our band, Sweeter Than Lazers, released its first song, The Second Sunrise. I realized how hard it can be to maintain healthy boundaries in an awkward social situation. And we went to Dallas to spend time with my best friend Kelan, who was in town for a conference.
In May, we celebrated the 1st birthday of the Freak Revolution and worked on the WCWW a lot.
In June, we wrote our second song: Soup Lazers. Our online friend Ana moved to Austin, we made friends with Marissa, and we hung out with Tari, Kyeli’s friend from Chicago. Also, we had a professional photo shoot.
In August, I took care of Kyeli while she was recovering from her surgery. It was challenging. We released the WCWW-in-a-box, I started doing the Pace Explains series, and I went to my first Austin Linchpins meetup. In a move that would turn out to have far-reaching consequences, we asked our readers to tell us about themselves.
In October, the Freak Revolution evolved into the Connection Revolution. We made a lot of big changes, including closing the Coffee House. I went to Blogworld, spent time with old friends, and made oodles of new friends, then soon after, we road tripped to Dallas to see Chris on his Unconventional Book Tour. Last but not least, we had a Pay What You Can sale on the WCWW in honor of NaNoWrimo, and were blown away by the response.
I began 2010 an optimistic explorer, full of hope, passionately searching for her path. I end 2010 an empowered world-changer, full of connection, boldly walking along her path. Fueled by love, led by Spirit, my heart full of peace, my love alongside me, in service, in joy, in creation, in stewardship. In connection.
I opened myself to change, and Spirit flowed in like a thousand oceans.
2010 was the year that we turned the corner. 2010 was the year when our dreams stopped being just dreams and started coming true.
Your dreams will come true, too.