Reverb 10 | December 7 | Community

December 7 – Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?

This one’s easy. My discovered “community” is my beautiful new family! Growing up with zilch extended family and but one grandmother, I always wanted cousins and aunts and uncles and the whole shebang. Well, Chris has them in spades and he’s so nice to share them with me. 🙂 

For those of you wondering, what the heck is this Reverb 10 you keep posting, here are the details:
2) You get a prompt each day (one word)
3) You do what you want with said prompt (write, take a picture, watercolor a Thomas Kinkade replica… etc.)
4) In doing so, you reflect on your year and have something to look back on that sums things up.
5) That’s pretty much it!


Reverb 10 | December 6 | Make

I know I skipped number five. It’s okay. (Says me to my inner OCD psycho.) I don’t have to do every one. I even checked the rules. Look:

What happens if I don’t answer EVERY prompt?
You are turned into a pumpkin. (Kidding. Answer as many as you want.)

See, OCD. It’s okay. It’s all going to be okay.
You guys, having OCD is sad. 
Moving on!
Today’s prompt:
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 were the tags for the candy bar jars at our wedding. I used my awesome Making Memories Slice (which sometimes does not like to do what I want it to do, but was working splendidly that day), some yellow digital paper I designed, and a Fiskar’s circle whole punch. It was so close to the wedding at that point, that I so did not want to sit down and do more work. I almost scrapped the idea. People could figure out for themselves that lemon jelly bellies were in one bowl and vanilla jelly bellies in the other. But in the end, I sat down to do it one day while Chris was at his bachelor party. And you know what? I loved the way they turned out. It added such a nice touch to the candy bar.

Reverb 10 | December 4 | Wonder

The Prompt:

December 4 – Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?

This is a tough one. And I really don’t have an answer yet, but I don’t want to get too far behind with the prompts. So… here goes… on the fly writing.

I think that I have always contained within me a sense of wonder larger than most people. I don’t know how to explain this. All I know is that sometimes I see so much beauty in the world that I can’t stand it. I sometimes see it in relationships between people or beautiful scenery… but more often than not I see it in something as simple as overgrown grass blowing in the wind along the side of the highway. I’m not sure what it is, but something about the picture just screams life! and beauty! and Creator! to me. And I get the warm fuzzies. 🙂

How have I cultivated this? I really don’t have an answer here. Maybe through being out in the world with my camera and trying to capture the wonder? Looking to the side and seeing my husband, camera around his neck, appreciating the wonder of it all too? I don’t think it’s something we do purposefully; it just comes naturally.

Hmmmm… not bad for on the fly. Maybe I should write without an agenda more often….

Reverb 10 | December 3 | Moment

Today’s Reverb 10 prompt: 

December 3 – Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).

This was an easy one. I actually came up with it late at night on December 2.  (The prompts come the night before, so I had already started mulling it over for the next day.) The moments I feel most alive are those when I suddenly step out of the moment and realize where I am in my life. I’m married. To an amazing man. A few years ago, I was waiting for God to introduce some guy into my life, and it seems like just yesterday. Now, all of a sudden, I’ve got a ring on my finger and the best guy I could ever imagine sharing life with me. 

I realized this moment late at night on December 2, when Chris and I were trying to fall asleep, and we somehow gave that up and started talking about our new place. Things we needed to get…. decorations we wanted to put up… but the majority of the conversation was spent talking about what options we had for a home network so we could go back and forth between our laptops and a server for when we have gazillions of RAW files from our many photo shoots as professional photographers.

That’s a moment right there. And some of you may think I’m totally joking (and I don’t blame you, because my husband and I are quite possibly psycho nerds), but that really was a moment, as I was snuggling up to him and talking this over, that I thought, this is what I waited for. Conversations like this with a guy who understands my passions and wants to fulfill my dreams, because they’re his dreams too. 

PS- Oh yeah, our new place! The appraisal went through last week, so things are looking really good! We actually have to get a second appraisal because of the way our loan is structured, but we’re optimistic since the first went so well. If all falls nicely into place, we should be moving in over Christmas break!)

Reverb 10 | December 2 | Writing

Today’s Prompt:

December 2 – Writing.
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?
(Author: Leo Babauta)

Oh, boy. How did they know?! Or is it not just me, and everyone secretly dreams of being a published writer someday? 

I want to write books. Badly. Have since I was a wee thing. Spent hours on a type writer late at night when I was ten working on my first novel. It stunk. But it was better than most ten-year-olds first attempts at a novel, so I kept at it.

I have an almost-novel. It’s around 80,000 words, typical novel size, but it’s nowhere near done. I have a lot of editing and paring down and, you know, writing the ending. It’s really hard. 

I was pulled to Karen Kingsbury’s site the other night. (KK is my hero, PS. She writes entire novels in weeks.) She’s started a new series. Looks awesome. And I remembered, hey, I wanted to do that writing thing too….

So what’s been keeping me from it this year? Time. Homework takes up time. Getting married took up a lot of time. And it was easy to stay up writing until 3am when I didn’t have to be at work until noon. I just had to go and be a more productive member of society and start work at 8. Shoot.

So… no plan of attack on getting back on board with writing yet. But it’s always there, in the back of my mind.