December 28: Reflections on 2022/Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY (Word of the Year)
We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.John Dewey
This is my last post hosting Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays. As of January, the challenge will change names to simply Wednesday Quotes.
To close out this challenge, I invite you to remember your year and your responses to it. That might include quotes that highlight pictures that you haven’t displayed, or possibly your favorite ones. You might have a poem for each month or a story based on a quote. It’s totally your choice.
“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”― Peter F. Drucker
Act Reflect Effective Act with purpose By considering what went right or wrong ©Marsha Ingrao 2022
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I am super grateful for all of you who visit and post each week. You bring me joy, I learn about the world far and near, and feel close to you and what you are doing in your lives.
- LADY LEE – A FULL SENSORY EXPERIENCE FROM THE SNOW TO THE PHILIPPINES
- EKLASTIC – HAPPY HOGSWATCH FROM ELKE
- KEEP IT ALIVE – WINTER SOLSTICE IS HERE
- LOVING LIFE – THE WONDERFUL TRADITIONS OF KIRSTIN’S FAMILY
- MAMA CORMIER – BEAUTIFUL TREES AND ORNAMENTS
- THE SKEPTIC’S KADDISH – A STORY OF CHANUKAH AND THE MENORAH CANDLES
For More Reflections on 2022 Ideas Visit These Blogs
- EKLASTIC – “LOOK BACK, JUST DON’T STARE”
- KEEP IT ALIVE – REFLECT AND MOVE ON WITH GRATITUDE
- LADY LEE – TRAVEL, LOVE, AND VIBRANT LIFE
- LOVING LIFE A LIFE UNFOLDED IN 2022
- MINDFILLS – BEAUTIFUL POEM
- NEW2WRITING – REFLECTIONS ON WOTY – PLANNING
- PICTURE RETIREMENT – THE BEAUTY OF CHRISTMAS IRL – INSPIRING
- SECOND WIND LEISURE – SUNDAY STILLS RECAP OF 2022 – INCLUDING OUR VISITS
- THE SKEPTIC’S KADDISH – CHANGING SOCIETY – YOUR JOB IS NOT TO FINISH IT, BUT YOU CAN’T QUIT TRYING EITHER (PARAPHRASE)
- THIS IS ANOTHER STORY – AN AMAZING STORY OF COURAGE AND PERSISTENCE, AND SOME GORGEOUS PHOTOS. BE SURE TO READ HER ABOUT ME PAGE, TOO.
- TRAVEL WITH ME – TOONSARAH’S TRAVEL YEAR IN REVIEW
My Reflections on 2022
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.”― T.S. Eliot
My Word of the Year was CURATE. So I have curated a photo display for you for each month of last year. Cee Neuner spent several hours helping me to learn to process my photos in Adobe Bridge this year for which I am very thankful.
I have kept busy organizing them, cropping, straightening, and sharpening them as well as adjusting the colors on some of them. I’ve gotten much faster. The hardest part now is choosing the pictures to post. After my trip to Portland, I spent some time getting acquainted with Lightroom, which is better for organizing and labeling pictures with keywords.
Terri Webster Schrandt of Second Wind Leisure and I spent a lot of time discussing this challenge and what I might do to improve it for 2023. I learned several tips from her about using Word Press in a more graphically pleasing way.
In our first quarter of the year, we traveled quite a bit from Flagstaff to Wickenburg. The weather welcomed travel. Friends came from California. We were both mending health-wise.
I spent one day on my own walking around town taking pictures of beautiful downtown buildings for several challenges, primarily Thursday Doors and Monday Windows. I happened to pass the Elks Theatre as I strolled down the street and found out that they gave free tours. What a surprise bonus!
We traveled to California in May, celebrated our 27th anniversary in June, and attended local events. The weather was beautiful and it was great being with family and friends. Blogger, Janet Webb from This, That and The Other Thing came from Phoenix and we had a couple of wonderful days walking around town taking Thursday Door pictures, too.
I enjoyed lots of blogger meetups in the summer starting and ending with Terri Webster Schrandt first in Prescott, AZ, and ending in Spokane, WA. For a high desert, we got tons of rain this monsoon season 13.5 inches, the highest in the state of AZ.
I thought the trees would never change colors. This beautifully shaped tree finally started to turn in mid-October. I enjoyed the gradual change. We started moving over to our rental and the pets picked a comfortable spot for their family picture. Nutter Butter (staring off into space) has been sick during most of the summer and fall so that limits our travel.
He is down to 7 pounds, about a 2-pound loss from when this picture was taken in November. He has tried all kinds of medication and had numerous tests, but has stumped about 4 or 5 doctors. He seems to have a strong will to live and loves to eat – even his special diet. He is crazy about turkey but nothing sticks to his bony sides. Moji has gained Nutter’s lost two pounds.
I am saddened by the upheaval around the world, the loss of Queen Elizabeth, Russia’s attack on Ukraine, North Korea running missile tests, floods in Pakistan and Australia, forest fires in Alaska, droughts, and record-hot weather. Through it all, my life has been blessed to be calm, healthy, and free from too much chaos – even with moving. I am so grateful to have such a wonderful family, which includes Vince’s sister, who moved here from California with us two years ago.
I thank God for all of you, my friends around the world who blog and share your lives with me. I am grateful for friends here locally both new and long-time who stay in touch. We are never lonely.
I’ve tried to be more organized as I curate my life. Using Brian Tracy’s book Eat That Frog I have created a daily schedule, but it is so routine – even prioritized, that it seems silly to write it down. (but I do) It motivates me to at least walk 10,000 steps a day. I beat Terri by 35 steps last week! Wahoo!
I also include Vince’s projects on my list and break them down into doable parts so I can help him in little ways as we fix up this house (his hobby.) The days fly by.
Have a great New Year!
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