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Linda Hesthag  Ellwein

Communications, Change, and Photography, Oikonomia, Inc.


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As 2011 draws to a close, what is your personal takeaway this year? What did life teach you in 2011?

Happy New Year...or New Day, whichever suits you TED friends. Thank you for a wonderful year of getting to know you. I look forward to each day with the TED community. You have taught me many profound and meaningful lessons this year.

Will you share what stands out for you?

Perhaps it's new knowledge, personal awakenings, aha moments, lessons from suffering and pain, or elation and joy. Whatever it was, teach us...won't you?


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    Dec 31 2011: 2011 was, to say the least, a trial and error year. Very heavy on the error. But at the end of it all, I think the takeaway is that even though arguably I've messed up in a lot more and bigger ways this year than in years previous, I think at the end of it I actually learned lessons from these mistakes, rather than just writing them off for a later repeat. What's more, I'm finally starting to forgive myself and accept myself for who I am, flaws and all, which is allowing me a greater sense of agency as I try to tackle 2012.

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