Well. 2012 has come and gone….and what a year. Looking back, 2010 was kind of stagnant, 2011 was really hard, and 2012 was overall, totally wonderful. It was a year measured in successes and joy, more so than any in recent memory. One of my resolutions was to let go of the anger and resentment that colored so much of 2011 and not let feelings like that define any part of my experience of the year, and I feel like that was achieved; it was cool to see and experience the kind of positive growth that comes along with letting go of that kind of energy. I am costantly reminded of how extremely blessed I am in so many ways.
So….here are just a few things about the year that stand out:
I feel deeply grateful to have a job (/several jobs) in which i find meaning and joy. it has been an honor to work at SWAN for this whole year- I have met so many amazing people and been a part of some really meaningful, great things. it is really, really wonderful to work with kids in urban agriculture again, and it feels awesome to look forward to going to work every day. Getting to also work with the Horizons program for the summer was an added bonus and made for a really plentiful summer in the sun.
When i think back on the year’s accomplishments, there are three big ones that stand out to me- all things that you never could have told me, this time last year, that i would do. the process of each of these really helped to shape the year, and i learned SO much through them all.
Dancing in the street. when Erika asked me to be part of One Dance Co.’s summer performance, Scene and Herd, I said no thanks- preferring my usual role behind the camera. However, a few friends convinced me to give it a whirl, and I’m so glad that I did. It was an incredibly unique experience, and so much fun to get to work together with such talented folks. It was more than a little nerve-wracking- I had not performed in front of an audience in almost ten years, and definitely never anything of that caliber- ie, literally stopping traffic. at the Jazz festival. but it was such a blast.
2. directing a play. okay. there is literally NOTHING that makes sense about this. i have never been in a play. i am a terrible actress. i don’t (didn’t…?) know the first thing about directing. I mean, i am about as unqualified for this as one could be. But despite all odds, when the idea at work came up to make a play out of one of my favorite books, i jumped on it. And it was absolutely, unquestionably, THE most gratifying and rewarding project I have been a part of so far in my 27 years- and i’ve done a fair number of things! SO many people helped to make it happen, and seeing the kids work so hard and and feel so proud of themselves at the end was completely wonderful. it was not without a whole slew of challenges and “why are we doing this???” moments, but so, so, so worth it.
3. Continental Breakfasts. And for the last big event of the year, we printed and hung 2100 photographs, no big deal. There’s nothing quite like seeing every day of the last three years lining the walls to really make you stop and reflect. I still sort of cannot believe that this finally actually happened. Anna and I have kept this blog since January 2010, and for her to come here and for us to have an opening and for it all to come together as well as it did, felt like nothing short of a dream come true.
And speaking of that, its been really great to be a part of so many great things going on at The Yards. I’ve never been so proud to be a Rochesterian- for many many reasons, but all the many remarkable events that have gone on at the Yards alone make me so excited about the deeply talented, remarkable community that we have here.
I feel as grateful as ever for the beautiful, supportive people I am so proud to call my closest friends.
and also for those friendships that have spanned many miles and many years. I was lucky enough to have visits from and adventures with two of my dearest far-flung friends this year, it was so wonderful.
i am so happy to still be living with Marisa, she is the best roommate I could ask for. AND this year, we gained the greatest neighbors ever when two very very special, sweet people that we love got married to each other and moved in to the other apartment in our house.
i got to photograph the weddings of several other extremely wonderful friends, as well as the incredible new baby of two other magical dear folks.
and then, to finish out the year, my best friend in the whole world got engaged.
In summary? Those are some, but not even close to all of the great things that happened in 2012. I feel awesome about this past year. I have minimal complaints, in fact. And I am stoked to see what happens in 2013.