I loved this word so much that I considered keeping it for 2013. But something inside me made me choose another more appropriate word for what 2013 is going to bring.
But I digress.
I need to close out my year of Badassery, by honoring this word and what it meant in my life this past year.
Engaging in seemingly impossible activities and achieving success in a manner that renders all onlookers completely awestruck.
I don't know how awestruck I rendered anyone, but I awed MYSELF a few times. I felt like this word was calling for me to be brave without blinking an eye. So I slipped on my brave girl boots, a dozen bangle bracelets, my ripped jeans, let my long hair hang free and went out to conquer the world in a true badass style.
While there are many things during the year that I'm sure qualified as badassery, two things stand out in my mind as life changing.
In the early spring I taught an online art class - I Doodle, Do You? - and LOVED every single moment of it. Loved taping it, loved editing it, loved talking about it, loved promoting it - met SOOOO many incredible people along the way. I followed it up with I Doodle Too, Two, 2, another excellent experience.
(Shameless plug - classes are still running, available forever, work at your own pace - see the tab above titled "online classes".)
During the summer I made the decision to take a Tigger-Road-Trip. I'd been joking about it for YEARS with my Texan friends, and decided it doesn't get much more badassery than that. (for me anyway). I am 55 years old and it was time for me to take a trip all by myself, for myself. So I pushed da buttons, booked plane tickets, train tickets, looked at maps, checked with my friends on dates... set up dinners, hotel... all by MYSELF.
And from November 6th to November 11th I was a rockstar - I had the BEST TIME... every single moment is burned in my memory and will live there forever.
SO yeah - 2012 was a badass year - and I loved every moment.
Bring it on, 2013 - bring it on - FIRE baby! Fire...