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Estelle: WEVerb12 Prompts (15, 18, 20, 24, 26)

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December is always so unbelievably busy… I’ve done a terrible job keeping up with WEverb12 but the best thing about this project is you can jump in whenever you can. So I’m back to look at some of the questions I missed. If you’re looking to reflect on the year, be sure to visit weverb12.com. Don’t be shy!

15. quote [GROW]. What inspirational quote would you associate with the past year for you?

“She understands now what she, in all her worry, had forgotten. That even as she hesitates and wavers, even as she thinks too much and moves too cautiously, she doesn’t always have to get it right. It’s okay to look back, even as you move forward.” – Jennifer E. Smith (The Comeback Season)

18. soak [LISTEN]. What have you soaked in this year? How did it affect your mentality?

One of my favorite moments from 2012 was a cruise that my husband and I took in June. By the time June rolled around, we had had our house up for sale for a few months without any bites and were celebrating the fact that he had gotten into law school. It had been a really stressful, tough year and unplugging from the world for over a week was pretty much the best thing we could have done for ourselves. It’s pretty awesome when you are floating in the middle of the ocean and all you have to do is drink mojitos, read books, and laugh with your husband. I think it was exactly what we needed to de-stress, and just worry about having the best time together without life’s distractions. The trip really helped when it came to crazy-ness we would experience for the rest of the summer: packing, moving, etc. Sometimes you just have to take time to recharge.

Estelle and James on Disney Cruise

20. reminisce [GROW]: What distant memory/time did you find yourself longing for in 2012?

I never thought I’d be a person who missed high school, and maybe it’s from reading all this YA in the past year, but gee, have I really missed just being in the same place as all my girlfriends and jumping in the car and going on an adventure on a Saturday night. Or even just seeing each other at school every day. I don’t think I ever took this for granted while it was happened, but I also never thought it would be quite this hard to make schedules align and find time for each other. I do miss those good old days sometimes.

24. delight [HOPE]: How can you bring more joy in your life in 2013?

More joy = more time spent with those who show love and are there for you. More joy = letting the negative fall away, no matter how hard that might be. Also read more books and paint my entry way a bright color.

26. chronicle [LIVE]: Did you have a perfect day this year? Describe it.

Well, it might not have been a perfect day but it was certainly the perfect ending to a few of my days. Before we moved, my husband and I would bring dinner to the beach during the summer and have a picnic.  Then we’d take a walk until the sun came down. Such a nice change to our regular routine.

Estelle and James at the Beach

December 29, 2012 - 4:11 am

VeganYANerds - These are some lovely memories and photos, Estelle! I’m going to check out the website and find out more about WeVerb

December 28, 2012 - 12:26 pm

Alexa Y. - I actually just caught up on WEverb posts this week as well, so I definitely agree when I say that I think it’s awesome that you can jump in at any time!

This is a lovely post. I’m happy that I can actually say we were friends already during most of the big things you mentioned (your cruise, moving out of your house and into the apartment) – I think it’s pretty rad.

Here’s to more joy and fun and bookish adventures in 2013!

December 28, 2012 - 12:34 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Such great responses, Estelle, and I love the pics that you included too! I, too, kind of fell off the WEverb wagon, but I like how you said that you can just jump in when you can. I was going to pre-post a bunch leading up to the holidays, but it seemed to kind of defeat the purpose of reflecting a bit at a time, so I opted to just have the holiday week off, then jump back in.

And I totally agree with you that more joy = no negativity, as hard as that may be sometimes. Here’s to a super positive 2013!

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