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Reverb 10 | Prompt 4 | Wonder

How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?

Easy. By being in the moment and enjoying the little things. It’s been, admittedly, more difficult since leaving our home that we loved so much. It’s also almost winter which makes it tough but I’m trying to be more conscious of wonder and sitting with it and recognizing it instead of missing it!


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Reverb 10 | Prompt 3 | Moment

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

One moment. Well, I hate to be too cliché but childbirth definitely rates up there as a moment that made me feel alive. It was a weird sense of being alive though. I was alive and laboring and bringing more life into the world, but there was a lack of analytical awareness. It just was. I felt it. I was there. Present. Every step of the way. A hazy sort of present though. It wasn’t a sharp, detailed presence. It was exactly what it needed to be. Textures elude me. Smells elude me. Voices were echoes until they weren’t. Noises were in the background, down a tunnel. Drums playing but so far away even though right there in the moment with me. Colors seemed dull which seems odd to me and I can’t make sense of that. Touch was essential. Contract….back massage…end contract. Breathe. Rest. Contract…walk….back massage….end contract… Time ceases to exist. The daylight fades and then it’s night. Still in the moment and the moment is all there is. Sun says hello again but I miss the greeting. Still working. More contracting. More. More.

And then…

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Reverb 10 | Prompt 2 | Writing

What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?

Besides constantly keeping an eye on, playing with, reading to, and loving a feisty (almost) nine month old, I think my biggest barrier to both writing and designing and art making is multi-tasking. It’s not really multi-tasking in the end. It’s more like a convoluted method of procrastination. Can I eliminate it? No comment.

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Reverb 10 | Prompt 1 | One word

Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?

2010 was a year of transition. Transition in so many different ways. From the physical transitions of being pregnant and childbirth to the emotional transitions of the same two things transition played a part almost every day of this year. The transition in watching a newborn change and grow from day to day, week to week, the transition of learning to become a parent, changes in relationships and perspectives, there is no doubt that transition has been continuous and intense during this past year. Beyond the obvious transitions of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood, we also moved. Twice. Once into a limbo situation (that were are still definitely most thankful for), once into a beautiful house, our first as a family of three. New town, new people, new jobs, new lack of jobs. Whew. Transition transition transition.

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As for the word I would like for a year from now, that one is easy as well, though I do recall choosing the same word earlier this year (and I’m not sure I was able to make it happen): balance.

I would love to be able to balance: time, fun, work, romance, learning, friends, doing good things, exercise. Lately, balance eludes me. Time. And effort. Can fix that. Right?

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