So, what could get me out of this funk? I could start writing more... I just read about Reverb10 at Betty and Boo. Reverb10 is:
"an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what's next. Use the end of your year as an opportunity to reflect on what's happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead… it encourages online creators, through daily prompts, to dive into the past year and reflect on it to understand ourselves."Just the kick in the pants I need. Anyone else want to join me? I am six days behind but you can recap posts or skip them altogether and start now…I'll go first.
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December 1 – One Word. Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
2010? ANXIETY. It's just been an anxious sort of year, a rollercoaster year. One year from today I'd like to describe 2011 with this one word: BALANCED.December 2 – Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
Um, a million things? A million itty-bitty things interfere with my sitting down to write. What I need is a plan and a clean house. If the house were clean I could concentrate on my plan instead of finding yet another thing to dust, mop, wash. But what I'd rather do for this one month — holiday entertaining be damned — is ignore the house and the mess. Yes! That's my new plan.December 3 – Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).
Oh, oh, oh! Honestly it's this one moment, running with my boy. I often dream of this night and think it has saved me each time.December 4 – Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?
Both of my boys fill me with wonder. No matter how shitty I'm feeling, the things they do, the things I thought they'd never do, awe the hell out of me.December 5 – Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?
The better question is this: What have you not been able to let go of this year? And the short-but-sweet answer is Control.December 6 – Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?
The last thing I made was our holiday cards. I would love time to work on my knitting or to start crocheting (which I hear is easier) or to finish a photo book.