I am thinking this week, in a stereotypical fashion, of things for which I am grateful. I am making a list, because I lurve lists!!! (Insert derpy face here)
- Friends who are good at staying in touch and do so even though I am unworthy and do not reciprocate well
- That inkling of uncertainty creeping into the minds of police and soldiers who are doing oppressive things
- The patience to discuss political issues with people who I disagree with, with the hope to find points of unity and educate along the way
- Water defenders at Standing Rock doing vital work I can not do at this time, fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline
- Chulainn, my 3 month old baby, who is just so sweet and easy and amazing and has changed my whole world
- My partner David who is willing to navigate this crazy world with me
- Indoor plumbing and similar amenities we take for granted but are not available to many people in the world. Despite my stress and how hard chores feel, I have it easy compared to so many and should always be grateful. I think about Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, India, Egypt right now in particular.
- People who let me bring my baby to jobs
- Plants and their medicine, and the knowledge I have gained this year about their uses which will help me keep myself, my family, and my community happy and healthy
Life has been stressful. Money, custody, divorce, marriage, jobs, moving, chores, broken vehicles, etc. Are some of the things I have to deal with in my life right now. Reflecting on the things for which I am grateful helps me gain necessary perspective and think more optimistically. I have a very good life and I am thankful for it and for all the people who are a positive part of my life.
I have several friends who make a practice of stating 3 things they are grateful each day, and I love that practice! I would encourage anyone who is feeling low to try this. It helps me a lot and seems like a healthy thing to do.
25 Things I Accomplished in 2013
- Went to Puerto Rico and saw lots of friends and had fun
- Went to Key West with family and got to spend time with Marty and had fun
- Went to the beach with Josh to see my grandparents
- Went camping with Josh and the dogs
- Went to the mountains for my birthday to relax
- Went to Boston for Thanksgiving to meet Josh’s family
- Built a back deck on the house
- Built bee hives and put 2 in my backyard
- Wrote my first poetry zine
- Competed in 2 haiku contests
- Supported multiple friends’ campaigns on kickstarter or other similar websites
- Brought lots and lots of food into the neighborhood for free distribution
- Spent a good amount of time at the river
- Had a good relationship with Mitch that ended on good terms
- Met Josh and have that good relationship still
- Learned a ton of carpentry skills
- Started my own website and started writing more
- Got work fixing old windows and built confidence about my ability
- Got a job as Associate Editor at Quail Bell Magazine
- Volunteered with Earth First! Journal, Started writing for Profane Existence
- Went to the March Against Monsanto, the May Day Parade, the March Against Mass Incarceration, the Halloween Parade, and a bunch of Critical Mass bike rides – spent positive time occupying the streets!
- Bought a bus
- Got rid of a bunch of things that I didn’t need
- Built cat houses and started feeding local cats
- Cooked a lot of Food Not Bombs meals, including catering for the People’s Library, RePHRAME, Trans Day of Rememberance, and the Fast Food Worker’s Strike.
And hugely, met and got to spend time with a lot of very different, very awesome people. I learned from everyone. Sometimes it was a learning what not to do, or what to avoid in the future, but hey, now I know. There were some narrowly avoided dangers and potentially really bad things that got rescued, and for that I am ever thankful. If you were a part of my life in 2013, thank you, I hope your 2014 is one filled with self-care and positive thoughts and community engagement.
100 New Years Goals and Resolutions 2014
A combination of simple tasks, lifestyle changes, and things I need to remember to do. Hold me to it yall!
- Get the Truck fixed and running again
- Get the bus fixed and inspected
- Go to Plan-it-x fest in June in Bloomington
- Plant perennial herbs around the property in the spring
Make a Free Little Library for the front of the house Buy plexiglass to make door to finish
- Do 25 sit ups a day (more…)