#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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