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25 Words

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A new era began with Japanese eijuuken and freedom to do anything! We quit Tokyo for rural Chiba. Now we have time, space, and ease.

Here are all the 25 word summaries since I started writing these summaries in 2001: 

Our 25th anniversary. Eyes opened in Ireland and India to a new life together. More adventures, independence, inventiveness, alliances. Yes, yes! The ayes have it. 

Running away to the circus confused me. Spent ten months wondering "What next?" Tried resting, contests, midwifery - not my things. Travel, teaching, performance? Yes. Circus. 

Hooping took me up to Tohoku, down to Niijima, and around the world on tour. Ukulele, yoga, improv, songwriting, skating, visiting, & fundraising filled the gaps. 

Mother Earth trembled and futures fell apart. Uncertainty ruled us for months but in the end I'm still in Japan, married, hooping, and feeling happy.

Lived my hoop dreams, wheeee! Connected, created, collaborated, choreographed, costumed, capered, camped, coordinated, but then crashed hard. Ouch. Healed and found my truth. Full circle. 

Rose petals in blue sky and the scent of muddy elephants conducted me to presence. An intense upwelling of joy revealed the universe inside me.

I made dresses, meals, 100 necklaces, friends. Grew food. Witnessed a birth! I am greying, wrinkling and fading, but I started hooping, so who cares? 

Food ruled 2007: went almost vegan, developed recipes, and lost 10 kilos. Also sewed Morsbags, made political statements with robots, and explored Tokyo real estate. 

Forty was a pleasure/pain year - a roiling emotional sea. Heartbreaking anguish half drowned me but also un-dammed a flood of patterns, photography and creativity. 

This year, a lesson in
How to bear pain and loss.
Travel doesn't cure heartache; Friends ease the agony. Healing and peace flow like water.

2004 Did more, finished less.

Strengthened friendships and traveled.

Constructed 18 videos, knitted scarves, Shared my pencils and my love.

Still seeking realisation of my principles.

2003 Hello Tokyo finally done

Neon Chopstix now begun. 'Twas mostly work but also fun.

Hosted friends from far away. Another visa for three years' stay.

2002 Celebrating four years in Japan, I exercised my right brain and my poetic voice. I filmed then procrastinated. I waited for the axe to fall.

2001 Spent seven weeks on holiday in Maui, China, mainland US. Wrote lots, taught many, earned little. Saw the inside of my head. Didn't do enough.

Realise 2016

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My guiding theme for 2016 will be Realise.

Realise is a good one because it can mean so many beautiful and useful things: imagine, understand, make real, profit. 

Here are my guiding words and themes for previous years:
2010, connect:

After seven years doing this annual project, I'm noticing a trend here. Looking back with hindsight, the guiding words don't match up well with the year I choose them. They are often a couple of years behind: I moved more in 2015 than in 2013; 2013 was a lot of relating with and after the circus; 2012 was definitely a connecting year as I went on a world tour. Maybe my subconscious is slow on the uptake. I don't know but I will continue to choose words and let them percolate or whatever they need to do before turning up in full force. 

Reds & Greens for a Merry Holiday

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All of these photos were taken in my rural neighborhood this month. There is a reason we see red and green in our holiday decor at this time of year. So pretty. 

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