Brief Reflection: 2012

I got the idea to reflect on 2012 from this guy. I’m sure I could do more reflecting, but I liked this guide. Here are my answers. 
    1. What energised me most in 2011?
    Yoga. Not just yoga, but having done yoga many days or weeks in a row and seeing how my body opened up differently than I remember experiencing in the past. Doing certain poses that I just didn’t think I’d be able to do allowed me to reflect on my perception of myself and how that perception interferes with my accomplishments in that it doesn’t allow me to set higher and harder goals. It’s not like now I am free and I am flying through the ceiling of my own potential. I simply appreciate the realization.
    2. Which relationships brought me the most joy? Why?
    My son. He is just a young one, but we share so much together. Seeing how I influence him and how he influences me is like watching time in slow motion. I have the chance to absorb experiences because I can actually track our/his progress over the year.
    My son’s specialists/therapists. Working with a professional team of individuals is difficult. Working through the process of understanding my sons unique strengths and weaknesses is stressful because I did not always know what to do. These women helped me better understand my son. Also, allowing them to work with my son gave me the opportunity to be the passenger and watch someone else drive. This worked out because I respect the people who we were working with and I was able to from them. I am going to miss them.
    My husband always supports me and our family. He is a wonderful person to be with and to have on my team. This was not an easy year for us, but am glad we have it together.
    3. Which relationships put me under the most pressure? Why?
    All of the above. Those relationships that bring me the most joy also put me under the most pressure because these relationships matter.
    4. What were the “defining moments” of 2011?
    Marriage. Becoming Pregnant. Being rejected to various graduate programs to which I applied. Post-grad course work and volunteer hours. Re-applying to grad school. Waiting. My son. It was a busy year. I’m so glad it is over.
    5. What strengths did I see in myself during 2011?
    I just can’t believe that I continued. School is so stressful and I so glad I pushed through. Marriage was so scary. I felt pressure for choosing the ceremony we chose, but I am glad I didn’t sway.
    6. Under which conditions did I see myself thrive?
    Yoga. Parenting. Being a better partner.
    7. What did I avoid doing that I know I most needed to do?
    Meditate. I never spend time clearing my mind and reconnecting with the self. I still haven’t made this a goal for myself. I don’t know what I’m hiding from or what I don’t want to face. I hope I find the strength to spend some time alone and undisturbed.
    8. What books and mentors had the greatest impact on me? Why?
    Unfortunately, this was not a reading year. I regret this. I have problems organizing my time. If I wasn’t with my son or relaxing with friends or studying or planning a wedding, I definitely wasn’t reading. I wish I had.
    Mentors. Hmm, well I guess I’d have to say all the people that brought joy to me this year would have to fall under this category.
    9. Am I closer to my friends and family from my activities last year?
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