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Reverb 10.19 A Little Piece

honey and tea

A huge connection exists between what you are
willing to receive and what you actually get.
(Amanda Owen)

Reverb 10.19 – Prompt from December 19, 2010 (Leonie Allan)

Healing. What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2011?

A few things healed me this year — my misterthese ladies, Reverb 10 and the I time spent with loved ones this year. In 2011, I’d like to do a little healing by embracing wellness and healthy living from the inside out.

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Reverb 10.18 Go Ahead & Try

nothing but words

Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “you owe me.”
Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.
(Hafiz of Shiraz)

Reverb 10.18 – Prompt from December 18, 2010 (Kaileen Elise)

Try. What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it?

Earlier this month, I cultivated a list of 11 things to get rid of in the new year. To mirror that post, here are 10 things I want to try in 2011.

1. Artist Dates.
I used to go on artist dates often – exploring little boutiques, watching artsy movies and journaling in coffee shops. In 2011, I want to get back to this practice of nurturing my creative side.

2. Reading More.
I adore books, but rarely made time to read in 2010. This year I want to savor the inspiration I’ve been collecting and dive into the juicy books lining my shelves.

3. Cultivating Wellness.
This year I became a vegetarian (who occasionally eats fish) and I signed up for a 1/2 marathon. In 2011, I hope to take more steps towards healthy living by caring for my body and cultivating wellness.

4. Evening & Morning Routines.
I keep telling myself that I’m going to create evening and morning rituals. This is the year to make that happen.

5. Getting Girlie.
This past week I spent time with two of the most precious little girls on the planet. We played, shared lip gloss and held hands. They reminded me that some glitter and make believe goes a long way.

6. Taking Bad Pictures.
I bring my camera everywhere, but often lose the nerve to start snapping. There’s something about aiming for a great photo that leaves me feeling timid. This year I want to try to take lots and lots of pictures, knowing that some will be bad and others will capture the moment beautifully.

7. Owning My Feelings.
Responsibility, forgiveness and passion have a way of healing people. It’s time for me to apply this knowledge to a few situations in my life for which I’ve been blaming others.

8. Mantras & Positivity.
In 2011, I plan to pour the positivity shines through this blog into my life offline with mantras and helpful reminders.

9. Embracing 75%.
Overeating and portion control have been challenges for me in the past. However, I plan to listen to my body in 2011, drink plenty of water and eat to 75% fullness at mealtime.

10. Enjoying Imperfection.
A lot of my worrying comes from a desire for perfection. I get concerned that things won’t be as wonderful and amazing as they could be. Next year I want to enjoy life as it is—flaws and imperfections included!

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Reverb 10.17 Less Might Be More

kites flying

Fear less, hope more
Eat less, chew more
Whine less, breathe more
Talk less, say more
Love more
and all good things will be yours.
(Swedish Proverb)

Reverb 10.17 – Prompt from December 17, 2010 (Tara Weaver)

Lesson Learned. What was the best thing you learned about yourself in this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?

One thing I learned this year is that less might actually be more. In theory this concept has always made sense, but it’s something I still strive towards putting into practice.

I have a tendency to want more. To make more, be more, do more. My aspirations and intentions are often larger than the clear space in my calendar. I want to be all things to all people. When a juicy opportunity crops up or a fresh idea pops to the front of my mind, I leap without looking. I figure I’ll make room somehow, creating free time out of thin air.

I’ve learned that pushing to do more has it’s place in my life. I function well on deadlines (yes, I’m actually trying to respond to all remaining Reverb 10 prompts in a single afternoon) and derive a thrill from accomplishing more with less.

Yet, this strategy is not sustainable and does not cultivate an abundant life. A person needs room to dream, live and breathe. In 2011, I plan to clear some space and let a few sparkly ideas go with the wind, in order to make room for serendipity.

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Reverb 10.16 She’s My Person


She’s my person.
If I murdered someone, she’s the person
I’d call to help me drag the corpse across the
living room floor. She’s my person.
(Dr. Cristina Yang)

Reverb 10.16 – Prompt from December 16, 2010 (Martha Mihalick)

Friendship. How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst?

Tiffany Joan and I have known each other since 2003. We met as randomly assigned college roommates and have evolved into the best of friends.

These days, we’re living nearly 2,300 miles apart and it’s tough to keep in touch like we once did. Yet, we remain close and dedicated in our support of one another.

I visited her earlier this month. We laughed, told stories and caught up.

She inspired me to spruce up my apartment. She reminded me that eating healthy can be an enjoyable experiment. She made me think about having fun while getting in shape.

During our visit I learned that no matter where we move or how different our lives become, we’re still the same girls we were back in college. She is my person and I’m hers.

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Reverb 10.15 Three Hundred

wise owl
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may
look back and realize they were the big things.
(Robert Brault)

Reverb 10.15 – Prompt from December 15, 2010 (Patti Digh)

5 Minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.

Three hundred seconds starts now. Kaileen Elise, 2010 was a great year. You spent a lot of time with friends and family. You made some smart decisions. You laughed, a lot. You and your mister grew closer and celebrated your 2nd year together. You created something wonderful with two close friends and wrapped up December with a few thousand friends through a magical project called Reverb 10. You had a remarkable year. You traveled, you loved, you soared. Now, go on. Make 2011 magnificent.

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Reverb 10.14 Time

pocket watch

Time is the coin of your life.
It is the only coin you have, and only you
can determine how it will be spent.
(Carl Sandburg)

Reverb 10.14 – Prompt from December 14, 2010 (Victoria Klein)

Appreciate. What’s one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?

Time with friends and family.

Trips across the country.
Visits from out of town guests.

Sweet, unexpected emails.
Cards and care packages.

Random phone calls to say hello.
Video chats & moments frozen in time.

Big nights out and cozy evenings in.
Dinner, drinks, movies & games.

Tickles, snuggles.
Hugs, kisses and chuckles.

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Reverb 10.13 Start Running


‘Now’ is the operative word.
Everything you put in your way is just a method of putting
off the hour when you could actually be doing your dream.
You don’t need endless time and perfect conditions.
Do it now. Do it today.
Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.
(Barbara Sher)

Reverb 10.13 – Prompt from December 13, 2010 (Scott Belsky)

Action. When it comes to aspirations, its not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step?

At the end of 2009 I was working mega hours, but still found time to work out regularly. I practiced yoga often and felt centered when I left class.

In February, I found a great job and my focus shifted. I poured my heart and energy into projects at work and online.

I felt like I was making up for time I lost while working at that dead-end job. I found my groove and carried on knowing that I would want to hit the gym again someday.

So, what’s next? In January 2011, I start running.

The countdown to March 20 begins. A beachside 1/2 marathon, surrounded by friends and celebrating life. I know I can do this, I just want to remember to do it with a smile.

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Reverb 10.12 Be Like Water

the wild air
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water.
Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup,
you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle,
you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.
Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
(Bruce Lee)

Reverb 10.12 – Prompt from December 12, 2010 (Patrick Reynolds)

Body Integration. This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?

I grew up cultivating a cohesive mind and body connection. Any athlete or artist will tell you there are times when you’re in the flow.

For me, this happened in a swimming pool and there were times when I didn’t know where I ended and the water began. Those magical moments of flow were what I spent countless hours striving towards. More flow, less fight.

The water always wins when you work against it. This lesson, learned early in life, has served me well beyond the chlorinated lanes of my childhood.

I am alive and present, cohesively me. For better, worse, and everything between.

Jill Bolte Taylor sheds light on this topic in a way that resonates with me. Her story is unlike anything most of us will ever experience.

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Reverb 10.11 A Few Parting Gifts

nothings bigger than love

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity,
and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.
(Anthony Robbins)

Reverb 10.11 – Prompt from December 11, 2010 (Sam Davidson)

11 Things. What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life?

I’m not a minimalist, but I also don’t mind clearing space. Thinking about this prompt excites me because the beginning of the year is a great time to eliminate clutter and make room for the future. I don’t need the following items in 2011 and I believe that getting rid of them is a gift I can give myself to welcome in the new year.

1. Subscription to Self Magazine.
When my current subscription runs out, I’m not going to renew. The articles seem to be the same each month and I’d much rather read my favorite blogs.

2. Books I don’t want to read again.
My book shelves are lined with a few favorites, a bunch I plan to read, and a handful of books I never want to read again. I intend to clear space and get rid of the books that don’t inspire me.

3. Clothing that isn’t in style and/or doesn’t fit.
I usually do a good job of clearing out my closet each season, but I have held on to a few items in hopes that I’ll fit into them again some day. It’s time to start the year off fresh.

4. Music that’s still on CD.
I have a new computer and an external hard drive. There’s no reason to hold onto old CDs. Time to trash the ones I never want to listen to again and upload the ones I want to keep.

5. Tired beauty products.
There are a number of half-empty bottles under my bathroom sink. I’ve wanted to clear out the junk and make room for products I really enjoy using. Now’s the perfect time.

6. Old photos.
I have pictures all around my apartment, but many of them make me sad because they’re reminders of tarnished family relationships. It’s so easy these days to upload new pictures and order fresh prints from Shutterfly. A photo overhaul is in need.

7. My green wallet.
I have a nice looking wallet that I’m lucky to own. It’s a great color and from a delightful designer. The only thing is, I don’t associate the wallet with happiness, power or wealth. It’s a long story, but a new wallet is in order.

8. Negative self-talk.
I believe thoughts become things. Yet, I don’t always practice what I believe. It’s time to make a concerted to lean into positivity. To nurture seeds of love and encouragement inside me.

9. Overeating.
I want to continue to cultivate a healthy, happy and fulfilling lifestyle. Part of this includes listening to my body’s clues and eating until I’m 75% full at mealtime. I have always finished my plate, often going for second servings, so this will be an adjustment. I believe it’s one worth making.

10. Worry.
I’m quick to remind friends and family that worry is a wasted emotion. It’s easy for me to walk someone through a problem and help them understand that worrying doesn’t solve anything. My aim is to release worry in 2011 and to make space for serendipity.

11. Excuses.
When it comes to working with others and maintaining outward appearances, I get the job done with a smile – no excuses. However, I have mastered the art of dreaming up grand ideas and coming up with excuses about why I can’t achieve them. I usually keep these dreams and excuses to myself, sometimes sharing with my mister. I know that this is a bad habit, one that I’m much better off getting rid of in the new year.

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Reverb 10.10 A Nurturing Leap

office environment

Think not of yourself as the architect
of your career but as the sculptor.
Expect to have to do a lot of hard hammering
and chiseling and scraping and polishing.
(BC Forbes)

Reverb 10.10 – Prompt from December 10, 2010 (Susannah Conway)

Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out?

I quit my job on February 1st

i quit

Before then, each day I went to work and completed a transaction. My arrival, time, effort, tears, frustration, ideas and execution—all in exchange for a paycheck. I adored my coworkers and I felt like leaving them would be an unforgivable abandonment. I feared that I wouldn’t be able to find something better. I worried I would have to start over.

Thankfully, I was so unimaginably wrong. I’m lucky enough to have landed with a company that is full of brilliant people with great hearts. We have our challenges and growing pains, but those are mixed in with celebration, laughter and appreciation.

I’m contributing, discovering my talents and strengths. In a time when people are suffering to find work, I am grateful to have found a company that nurtures me and encourages me to grow.

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