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#Reverb11 Mini Muses – Struggle, Discover, Remember

Image :: Tea 4:2

Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.
(Pema Chodron)

Hello lovelies, I hope you’ve had a wonderful week! I’m finally feeling better after catching an annoying winter cold. In my last #Reverb11 Mini Muses post, I mentioned I’m approaching the project differently this year. Instead of posting for each prompt, I’m writing in my journal first. Letting the thoughts come unedited, then cleaning them up a bit before publishing. It’s been such a great exercise, and while I am sad that #reverb11 is missing the overall cohesiveness of #reverb10, this method is really working for me.

image :: rain and light

When did you struggle?

My Mister and I have gone through a lot this year. Don’t get me wrong, we are incredibly lucky. I have a fantastic job, he’s in business school, our home is cozy. We are happy — and we have each other. Things got tough between March and September, but we hunkered down and weathered the storm. Today, we are stronger for it.

What did you discover?

A better opportunityRunningDavid’s Tea. The Civil Wars. Stuff You Should Know. The History ChicksCaramelized Brussels Sprouts.

Image :: Paris under the snow

Who was important to you?

My Mister. Our families. Friends.

What do you hope to remember?

Crossing the finish line at my first half marathon — the feelings of pride, strength, and accomplishment. Thanksgiving weekend  — cooking with my mister, playing Gin Rummy, snuggling on the couch.

Where did you spend money?

New car, gas, Whole Foods, Target.
Davids Tea, Sephora, Amazon, iTunes, Bath & Body Works.
Lunches and dinners out with friends.
Rent, moving, Ikea.

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When were you most scared?

In the hospital waiting room.

What questions did you ask?

This has been one of my favorite prompts to reflect on. It can be so serious, or just a reality check on the things we ask every day…

How am I going to get it all done?
Why? When? Where?
Are you ok?
Does this look ok on me?
Am I being mean, or just honest?
Will you wake me up in 5 minutes?
What do you think? Do I need stitches?
How often should I blog?
What do you want for dinner?
Should I grow my hair out?
What do you want for Christmas?

We All Reverb 2011

#Reverb11 Your Way

#reverb11 is an online initiative  to reflect on this year and manifest what’s next. Last year I hosted #reverb10 with Gwen and Cali. This year it’s in your hands. Check out the #reverb11 hashtag on Twitter … or read a take on it here.

It’s not too late to join and there are no rules. Do what you want, what you can. Answer one prompt, or answer all of them on December 31.

Any time is a perfect time to get started!!

Image Credits: Tea 4:2 via Thorsten Becker // rain and light via foshydog // Paris under the snow via Gregory Bastien // good question via e-magic


#Reverb11 Mini Muses – Begin, Meet & Read

Image :: Winter Berries

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
(Arthur Ashe)

December—and reverb#11—are in full swing. With the end of 2011 coming near, it’s a perfect time for reflection. I’m approaching the reverb project differently than last year. This post is a recap of my first three Mini Muses—the beginnings of 31 prompts I created for #reverb11. Thanks to those of you who are reverbing with me, it means the world.

Image :: Outtake

Where did 2011 begin?

New Year’s Eve with my Mister and two close friends. We had a great night, even though things did not go as planned. (When do they ever, really?)

In January 2011 I worked at my old job, lived in my old apartment, drove my old car. There is no way I could have imagined 2011 would bring about so much change.

Even with all the struggles and challenges this year has presented, I am incredibly grateful for and happy with where I am today.

Image :: Regan&Kaileen

Who did you meet?

Moving to Chapel Hill this summer provided ample opportunity to make new friends. The picture above is of me and my friend Regan on Thanksgiving morning. She has become the fearless leader and ultimate hostess of this amazing group of women. We met through our partners, all whom are students at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler business school. Regan has helped to cultivate something really special—a group of supportive, craft making, story sharing, wine drinking, cookie baking, Bunco playing and good-time-having ladies.

I have also met a bunch of great people since starting my new job. The team filled with creative, talented and super smart folks—and as a corporate recruiter, I meet new people every day. Interviewing is one of my favorite parts of my job because I get to ask questions and hear stories. Even during one of the most stressful conversations (who isn’t nervous in an interview?) people have so much to share.

Through blogging, I have met several inspiring women. Here are a few I hope to get to know better in 2012:

Courtney Pearce – Yoga G33k
Sarah Kathleen Peck – It Starts With
AshleyTia – That is all.
Sarah – City Mouse Speaks
Kelsey Brown – Happyolks

Image :: Another Summer Day

What books did you read?

Reading is like exercising and saving money—easy to put off, but so worth it. I bought more books than I could ever read in a year, then declared I won’t be adding more books to my library in 2012. I listened to a few great audiobooks, including:

Bossypants by Tina Fey
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Most recently, I read Loving Frank and am now working my way through A Place of Yes. I’m keeping track of my reading progress on GoodReads. I’d love it if you connected with me.

#Reverb11 Your Way

You deserve a gold star if you have read through this whole post wondering, “What is a reverb?”  Check out the #reverb11 hashtag on Twitter … or read a take on it here.

It’s not too late to join and there really are no rules. Do what you want, what you can. I know some people who just answered one prompt, others who answered all of them on December 31. Any time is a perfect time to get started.

Image Credits: Winter Berries via Shandi-lee // Outtake via LaurenKelseyPhotography // Regan & Kaileen on Instagram // Another Summer Day via Always Be Cool

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Creative Weekend To-Do List

Image :: Untitled Balloons

There is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything.
Negative people find their walls. So never apologize for your enthusiasm.
Never. Ever. Never.
(Ryan Adams)

Hello & happy weekend!

This week has been filled with interesting shifts and wonderful surprises. The Twitter & blog circles I swim within are bubbling over with #reverb11 energy. I am so impressed with how the community as a whole has adapted to the change in circumstances. We happen to be quite the sparkly, resilient and supportive bunch — if I do say so myself.

Are you wondering, what the heck is a reverb? To find out, dive on in to Twitter with the #reverb11 hashtag … or read take on it here.

Are you thinking about joining #reverb11, but wondering if you are too late? The water’s a perfect temperature, and there are cups of hot chocolate in the cabin for those of you who prefer not to splash around in the winter.

Holiday vacation imagery aside, this weekend is a perfect time to get started with #reverb11. I hope to spend a few hours reading other people’s posts and connecting with new reverbers.

Do you have anything exciting planned for the weekend ahead? The following list of ideas, links, and creative weekend to-do’s are intended to inspire. Consider this a friendly reminder to seek out little delights and exceptional joys in the days ahead. I invite you to share your plans and creative to-do’s in the comments below!

mail a few sweet postcards
shop for craft supplies for DIY holiday gifts
discover a new place to find inspiration
laugh, think & have your emotions moved to tears
rise early on Sunday morning to enjoy moments of silence
clean house, do laundry & cook something colorfully delicious
celebrate a friend’s 28th birthday with drinks
recap this week’s #reverb11 mini muses
meet up with a friend for coffee
practice yoga with at lululemon

Image Credit: Untitled via SharkThe


Let’s Reverb 2011

We All Reverb 2011

December 2010 was memorable. Alongside Gwen Bell and Cali Harris, I poured my heart into a passion project we called Reverb 10. It was an online community initiative with daily prompts for the entire month. A follow-up to Gwen’s original Best of ’09 blog series.

We traveled to Napa, CA for a few days — staying up late to kick things off. We took turns tweeting, writing, and connecting. The month’s focus was on sharing stories, featuring inspired authors, and diving deep. There was a magical energy, with the community reflecting on 2010 and manifesting what would be next.

I wrote a series of 21 posts for Reverb 10. You can find my archives here.

Annual projects can be challenging, especially virtual ones. We are all in different places today than we were a year ago. Yesterday, in a message to the Reverb subscriber list, Gwen explained she won’t be hosting Reverb this year. Instead, she shared how we did it.

Now you can host your own Reverb, if you wish. To paraphrase her guidelines:

  • Create 31 prompts for the month of December.
  • Post those prompts to your blog.
  • Invite other people to join you!
  • Publish on the topics each day.
  • Use a hash tag to connect via Twitter (we used #reverb10 last year).
  • Support one another by sharing links, commenting, etc.
  • Create buttons to show that you’re hosting your own Reverb.

The initiative lies in your hands, in the hearts of a greater community. If you plan to move forward with Reverb this year, I encourage you to use the #reverb11 hashtag on Twitter.

I would like to follow your work through December, I want to know what prompts you are writing on, and I hope to be part of your Reverb. Please email me with updates, questions and thoughts – or say hello on Twitter.

How will you Reverb? Do you plan to create your own prompts? Here are the questions I plan to reflect on for Reverb 11. I’m calling them my 31 Mini Muses:

  1. Where did 2011 begin?
  2. Who did you meet?
  3. What books did you read?
  4. When did you struggle?
  5. What did you discover?
  6. Who was important to you?
  7. What do you hope to remember?
  8. Where did you spend money?
  9. When were you most scared?
  10. What questions did you ask?
  11. Who surprised you?
  12. What did you learn?
  13. When did you feel the most relaxed?
  14. Where did you leave a mark?
  15. What movies did you see?
  16. What did you accomplish?
  17. When were you the most grateful?
  18. Who touched your heart?
  19. Where did you visit?
  20. When did you cry?
  21. Where did you spend your time?
  22. What were your favorite songs?
  23. Who did you miss?
  24. When did you take the easy way?
  25. Where did you eat?
  26. Which blogs did you enjoy most?
  27. When did you celebrate?
  28. What are your dreams for next year?
  29. Who will attract into your life?
  30. What do you want to do in 2012?
  31. Where do you hope to be on Jan 1, 2013?

I have other posts planned through December, things I’m excited to write about and share beyond my Reverb. That being said, I intend to journal and post and reflect and manifest.

I hope you will join me.

Image Credit: We All Reverb

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