Friend Clara of the Cheeseblog is participating in this thing called Reverb10. (Ha ha, Friend Clara – it’s like the freakin’ Berenstein Bears with all this Sister-This and Brother-That crap). Anyway, Reverb10: it sounds like it’s up my alley a bit, and so I’m signing up to participate. I feel like a hypocrite a bit because blog friend Kathleen, is doing IComLeavWe, a week dedicated to leaving comments. I left a comment and said essentially that I can’t commit to a week and now here I am one day later signing up for Reverb10 – which is a month long. But Reverb10 has PROMPTS, people. And I need me some prompts. I also feel like there is no pressure. The guidelines are slack.
Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest whatâ€™s next. The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on whatâ€™s happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead. With Reverb 10, weâ€™ll do both.
So, because it started yesterday, December 1st, I’m behind schedule. So, I’m going to do two posts in this here one introductory post and then I’m caught up-ish for the time being.
Just a note, though, before I go too far: last time I signed up for some sort of regular forced blogging meme-thing, I actually got an angry email from an email suscriber insisting that I REMOVE HER THIS INSTANT FROM MY BLOG LIST because one post a day was too much. So: if you want to opt out that’s cool. Just maybe shoot me a slightly more polite note and I can actually adjust your subscription so that you don’t get anything posts in the Reverb10 category. Simple, right? No need to get all angry.
SO, here we go (holy crap what am I doing?)
December 1 One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why youâ€™re choosing that word. Now, imagine itâ€™s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
This past year has been a huge year for me on a personal level. I have developed a sense of self I formerly lacked. I like me now, I like the space I’m in. I also jumped into a business endeavour with a friend – a leap I never thought I’d get to. I made a point to stretch myself as much as I could, and to be very clear about what my limits are.
I’d like for 2011 to be the year in which I focus on consuming things which are good for me – media, ideas, friends, relationships, and food. I want to stop wasting time on things that are toxic or pointless. This is the year I feed my soul to the best of my ability.
December 2 Writing.
What do you do each day that doesnâ€™t contribute to your writing â€” and can you eliminate it?
I think the answer I immediately want to type is care for Kale. But it’s a bit of a cop out because not all of my time is taken up caring for him. He’s pretty self sufficient and likes to play with me near. I can also often juggle the two tasks – him and writing. But, I think the real answer is I don’t know what I want to say yet. I write many things – I blog, I tweet, I facebook (and yes, I totally just used that as a verb). I have started to get paid to do some writing, and that’s lovely. But the writing I’m talking about is the writing for me, filled with something I need to express. I just don’t know what it is. Can I eliminate it? Well, some clouds could part and the idea I want to write about could fall out of the sky. Yeah, that would work. I think part of writing is patience. And so, I’m going to just work on that. Being patient while the ideas percolate.