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LMB I am who I choose

2012, a year of living; 2013, here I come!

I would say that 2012 was a year of wonderful changes, except that it doesn't feel quite like that. Many things did change, both without and within me, but change did not define the year.

2012 was a year of living.

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I did accomplish some goals I set for myself last year, but I'm not going to talk about them for more than a paragraph or so. I'm more interested in what's coming; in the goals I want to set for myself this year.

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I'm not getting it all sorted, she worried. I'm not getting it right.
You are brilliant, the Voice reassured her.
It is imperfect.
So are all things trapped in time. You are brilliant, nonetheless. How fortunate for Us that We thirst for glorious souls rather than faultless ones, or We should be parched indeed, and most lonely in Our perfect righteousness. Carry on imperfectly, shining Ista.

― Lois McMaster Bujold, Paladin of Souls
fight evil read books!

10 Books to Read in 2013

So in 2011 I made a short, casual list of books I really wanted to get read that year. They got read. So in 2012, I made a list of ten and posted it here. If you check that post, you'll see that I only got 8 read, but that's because I started late in the year.

This year, I'm moving those two unread books onto the new list and adding eight more for a total ten once again. I'll be trying to review them here as I finish them.

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fight evil read books!

10 Books to Read in 2012

Last year, I made a short, casual list of a few books that I'd been putting off and really wanted to read. And I stuck to it and read them during the first few months of 2011. I like this productivity, and the insights it gave me, and I want to start doing this every year.

There's no source or rule for these books. Some I recently discovered--one was a Christmas present, another won't be published for another week--and some I've been meaning to read for years. Two I remembered when I found that my husband owned copies, so they are now on my bookshelves.

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Welcome to the new year!

My friend mistraltoes liked goals much more than resolutions. In 2010, she wrote, "I thoroughly dislike resolutions, which always seem to be about forcing oneself to engage in or refrain from engaging in particular behaviors to an unnatural degree, which seems like setting oneself up to fail. On the other hand, I love goals, where it's much easier to think in terms of success being either whole or partial. Thus I always go with goals, rather than resolutions."

In view of this wisdom--and in memory of my friend--I hereby declare that I won't go back to using resolutions. I haven't done that much the last several years anyway, but a lot has changed and is changing in my life right now, and I can certainly use some goals.

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For you all, in this new year: “Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day." --Rainer Maria Rilke

2008 is dead, long live 2009!

I'm attempting to make this post from my parents' computer, so it may not be quite as indepth or lengthy as I would like for my usual reflection on the past year and hopes for the future. Nonetheless, here goes.

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God, I am scared to death. And yet I don't think You could hold me back if You wanted to. I want to see what's next!

New Year's Ambitions (etc)

First, that resolutions meme that's been going around:

In 2007, izhilzha resolves to...
Give up homeschooling.
Go to the star wars every month.
Volunteer to spend time with book lists.
Go to shakespeare every Sunday.
Take evening classes in theater.
Backup my i-man regularly.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

Now for my own "resolutions," or as rj_anderson called them, "ambitions."

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So until next year, this is izhilzha, signing off.
fears lie

2006, resolutions, sort of

First let me just note that we are having a heavy-duty rainstorm in LA right now. And I do mean heavy. It woke me up this morning, the streets are turning into shallow rivers, and I bet you the folks in Malibu or otherwise on the coast are worrying about their houses sliding away....

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"I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day." 2 Timothy 1:12
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New Year's prayer for you all (+ first meme for 2006)

I was going to make a terribly introspective post, but after watching Syriana (excellent film), poking around a bookstore, and stuffing my brain with season 6 Stargate, it's now midnight and I'm not awake enough to do such a post. I'll save it for tomorrow!

For now, Happy New Year (a tiny bit late)! May this coming twelvemonth bring peace, love, and the restoration of things/people/dreams that have been lost, to you all.

And on a more silly, fannish note, this meme which I have taken (including modification) from mistraltoes:

Which fictional character would you fix me up with, if you could?

More importantly, why?