Wednesday, December 29, 2010

It's been a good year

And so another year is through. Its been a good year this year. I think its been an important year for me. I spent most of 2009 struggling to find myself. I think I can say that I did in 2010. I am happier now and more at peace with myself. And most importantly I have found the one thing that I want to do with my life - quilt. I am grateful for this. I feel now that I could do what it takes to do what I want to do. One of my brother's lines: Do what you have to do to do what you want to do. Now that I know what I want to do, I think it will be easier for me to do what I have to.

Turned 30 this year and decided to live more intentionally. Had a great birthday brunch at home.

I traveled twice this year. Once to Dandeli with friends for 4 days and then to Himachal Pradesh with my husband for 25 days! They were both wonderful trips and the Himachal trip was better than any travel I have ever know. I am grateful.

Spent a lot of time with my dog - Hugo. I think he has changed the way I think of dogs and has brought many smiles to my face. 

My younger brother got married and is very happy. It's fantastic. :)

I quit my full time job and worked part time with a writers residency. Interesting work. Brought on a fair bit of stress because of some other issues which I am still trying to work with. That was the only bummer this year. But I think it is a lesson. I will be smarter from now on. More importantly I think it helped me return to God. I reached a point where I had nowhere else to turn. No hope of finding any strength or assurance. And then, as I should have, I turned to God. It is good. I'm learning to trust Him again. I needed that. I don't know how things will work out with the problem but everyday I learn to trust God to carry me through.

Finished my very first quilt. Found a fabric market with great fabric.

Rehearsed for a play and performed in a work in progress show. The play is on hold but the process taught me a great deal.

Learning to love myself.

Learning to love my husband. I think my marriage is better that it used to be. Its a good sign. Marriage does get better with time it seems.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Nrityagram

I've been spending a few days on and off at Nrityagram - the dance village in Hessarghatta, Bangalore. Working with a writer's residency and so have to go in for a bit.

The Nrityagram campus is very beautiful and full of trees and birds and butterflies. But what is most amazing about the place is what you see when you walk out of the back gate. This: