A Little More Introspection

Some more thoughts inspired by the http://www.Reverb10.com prompts:

9. Party. Which social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010?
BlogHer, obviously, leads the list of great parties of the past year – thanks to time spent with friends, visiting a new city, and all that. But I have to confess that my husband and I kept an extremely active social calendar this summer, with something going on almost every weekend from May to October. This year has been fun! And I really hope we continue the trend. Because my anxiety level needs all the fun it can get.

10. Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year and how did it play out?
Well, I think the wisdom started last December when we decided to Reboot in 2010. It’s been an entire year of personal evaluation and exploration, but I don’t think it stops here. 2011 looks to be as filled with new experiences as 2010 has been, and I can hardly wait to see what the year holds.

13. Action. When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step?
“I have no idea” is probably the wrong answer here. But I must confess, I feel completely ill-prepared to take the Baptist Wine Club to the next level. Whatever that looks like. This summer I moved that blog to a WordPress site, which has resulted in more traffic and some attention from wineries and their PR agencies. All of which is wonderful. But I really don’t know what to do next. “Build it and they will come” is a great dream, but requires a lot more than just a dream. Any tips?

17. Lesson Learned. What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year?
This past July, I interviewed for and won a new job. The interview process itself was excruciatingly detailed, and often felt mildly intrusive. Having to reflect on your entire work life from college forward and to critically evaluate your performance at each step – that was hard work. But I learned that I have a strong, determined character, that I’m aggressive and competitive, and that I set higher standards for personal performance than what most others would expect. I am hard on myself. But that only works for a while before you start caving under the weight of your own expectations. I’d like to work on being a little more self-forgiving. I don’t know if it’s possible, though.

I might post some more Reverb10 responses next week. I’m not sure – they feel increasingly more reflective and I may not be able to bravely share my thoughts. Sigh. We’ll see.

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