reverb10: how I shaped my year

December 29 – Defining Moment. Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year. (Author: Kathryn Fitzmaurice)

It's interesting that this prompt comes pretty close to Brene Brown's prompt about ordinary joy because I feel a strong pull to consider how seemingly small moments have shaped me this year, probably because I've written about so many moments already:

These moments (one from the first of 2010 and one from the summer) helped define my year and come to think of it, they represent my word from 2010 (in the moment) and set intentions for 2011 (thrive).

I talked about the community I found during The Declaration of You. It was important and significant for me to participate in that course. I learned so much about opening up and the importance of being vulnerable. I wrote a bit about this in my wisdom post but moreso in a post from the summer about my father.

I wrote about ordinary joy, sharing a perfect day with M and various places we traveled.

Even my soul food post was about creating moments; that's what this year has been about. So, it's hard to choose what moment most shaped me this year.

Ultimately, I was shaped by my practices: that I set my intention for 2010 to live in moments and I worked at appreciating the world and people in my life. I said yes to dinners and opportunities to nights out and quiet nights in; I pushed myself to let people into my thoughts here on the blog and in conversations. I tried new things; I failed at some of them and learned a helluva lot.