Playing Catch Up

Not that you’re holding me to it, but I am waaaaayyyy behind on my little Reverb10 game. Here is what I have missed:

December 16 – Friendship. How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst?

We are not best friends, and we were not even extremely close when we went to school together at Lexington Catholic, but this year has brought me the opportunity to rekindle a friendship with Kerri Hardin. We got our kids together a few times (along with some other high school friends), and her son went to the same preschool as my daughter last year, so we were able to catch up in the car line. But I have also gotten to know Kerri again through Facebook and her blog (hardinpartyof4.blogspot.com). You will only need to read one of Kerri’s blog posts to know that she is an incredibly inspiring person. She has completely changed my perspective on motherhood and life itself. Whenever I am tempted to complain about my life, or anytime I feel like losing my temper with my kids, I think of Kerri. In the face of a parent’s worst nightmare, Kerri exhibits untiring love and hope. When most of us would lay down and cry about our troubles, Kerri is working to find a cure for her precious children. And in the process she is not only changing their lives, she is changing ours.

December 17 – 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 am stronger than I think. I learned that my world will not disintegrate if I flip it completely upside down and change my entire schedule. I learned that I will not keel over from  a heart attack (no matter what that one cardiologist says), if I run a mile. (and I ran two miles!) And I learned that I can indeed drive on ice and snow.

December 18 – Try. What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it?

I wanted to try to run in 2010, and I did. I’m not running anymore (because I’m a total lazy ass and it’s just too cold in my opinion), but at one point earlier this Fall I was running several times a week. Now that I’ve proven I can do it, eh, I think I’ll be on the couch until Spring. Hey, at least I’m honest about my sloth-like nature. It felt so great to run–to ignore the doctor who said I would fall over mid-run, and to embrace the idea that running would make my heart actually healthier (novel idea, I know). In 2011 I plan to try running again. I’ll never break the 2 mile marker (because I don’t care to break it), but maybe I’ll be healthier for the whole experience.

December 19 – Healing. What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2011?

One word: Bourbon. Come on people, you know I will forever extol the healing powers of bourbon. There is just nothing else like the Bourbon Cure.  (and yes, I know they meant a different kind of healing here, but the drip by drip reference immediately took my mind to the Wellers)

December 20 – Beyond Avoidance. What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?)

So, I was looking at my Vision Board that I created last year around this time. (see: Vision Board). And you know what? I completed every single item on my board except ONE: “Home has a new address.” So that leaves 2011 to make it happen. Yes, I think we are really ready–despite our biggest fears of giving up this fabulous house and terrific neighbors–I think we are going to go for our dream. As soon as the holidays end, up goes the For Sale sign!  Yikes! Downtown living, here we come (again)!

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  1. Kerri Hardin

    Wow, thanks Christina. I am glad we are friends (again!) and look forward to more playdates and maybe just one for the moms here soon. I know that you understand (even though in a different way), what it’s like to have a child with special needs. Thanks for your kind words….a heartfelt “thanks” from me=)