I committed to this project but got derailed. I’m going to go through and answer some of the questions for my own reference.

Prompt: 5 minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.

I want to remember hoofing it around town while carless and enjoying it – calling ourselves Intrepid Urban Explorers (important in a city where everyone has a car). I want to remember that we effectively saved money. I want to remember that we started taking better care of our surroundings, which improved our relationship. I want to remember my dog playing frisbee. I want to remember that I ran two 5Ks and one four-mile race, and that even though I wasn’t always feeling up to my training schedule, I still did it, and it felt good. At some point during the year I read that Louisa May Alcott was a runner, and it conjured up images of running at a time where it would’ve been a very strange thing for a woman to do – and it would’ve been a very powerful feeling. I want to remember gaining some agency, realizing that it’s okay to try and be creative, and starting on a path toward embracing my love of design. I want to remember playing with my best friend’s daughters, and learning lessons about parenting way before I have to be one. I want to remember getting engaged at the park where we play frisbee with the dog and run and walk, while it was dark outside but 50 degrees in December, and crying. And how happy we were.

Prompt: Lesson learned. What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?

I learned that I can be creative and do a good job. I think I knew this, sort of, before, but I was afraid to put it out there and really, genuinely try. I will apply it…by applying myself. And not talking down to myself.

So, actually, these are the only two prompts I decided to answer in the rest of the batch. I think it’s been a good exercise, though. I’ve certainly gained something from it. A little year-end perspective. A little year-beginning motivation.