So long, 2022

It’s tempting to say this year was filled with nothing but loss — the deaths of my brother-in-law, my mother-in-law, and a friend/critique partner, plus parting ways with my agent. But that’s not the whole story.

I’m in a much better place than I was a year ago as I dealt with the resurfacing of a childhood trauma. I did a lot of work with my therapist in the first half of this year and am much stronger and more centered. That’s a huge win.

This past year I also took my first-ever solo camping trip which made me nervous to contemplate (see above), and ended up having a glorious time.

And while I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, I did want to continue my Hoop Dancing Challenge tradition. In 2021, I hoop-danced for just over 24 hours. And this year? Well, I logged 27 hours and 11 minutes!

Here I am this afternoon with my trusty hoop that brings me so much joy. I’m incredibly grateful to have this outlet, especially on days when it’s a struggle to get out of bed to face another day of our harsh reality. But music and movement kept me going. Hooray for funk!

Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year! Don’t forget to dance in 2023!

9 thoughts on “So long, 2022

  1. Happy New Year’s, Tracy! I’m glad you’ve managed to find some sense of balance through the trauma and the loss.

    That is so cool that you did a solo camping trip! I finally got around to reading The Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard. Such a great book! I know there are many great books out there, it’s always such a challenge to find the time to read them! This book resonated with me in the same way that Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass did. Another good one is Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature and Spirit by Lyanda Lynn Haupt. It’s a small book and the Author is local to me. While I don’t always agree with her opinions, I respect her point of view. Her book also has lovely little illustrations at the beginning of each chapter that feel like small gifts. Take care!

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