Revisiting Letting Go

Day 21 Project Reverb prompt: “What did you get rid of this year?  Physical things you tossed out or donated?  Or did you purge a bad relationship, job, etc…?” I’ve let go of a couple of relationships this year. Ones that never did become what they needed to become. I held …

Somewhat Joyful Discoveries

Day 20 Project Reverb prompt: “What products have you discovered this year that you love?  Tell us all about them, and why you love them.” I really like the shirts from SighCo. J had a very Cthulhu Christmas. And these GreenForest baskets have been very cute for organizing. Other than …

Wrestling with Symbolism

Day 19 Project Reverb prompt: “What did you wrestle with in 2014?  What did you learn?  What challenges do you foresee in 2015?” I love how these keep circling back, as if to drive the point home. This is a way to recognize how not to repeat the same painful …

Don’t Feed Them After Midnight

Day 15 Project Reverb prompt: “What food did you discover this year? Or maybe you discovered a new way to prepare your favorite food. Or a new cookbook. Or a new restaurant. Tell us about your culinary adventures.” It’s been the year of kicking and screaming towards gluten free. I …

Dear Future self

Project Reverb prompt: “Write a letter to your future self, telling the future you about what you hope for you.” Reverb14 prompt: “It all starts with kindness. Everything I have learnt, everyone I have interviewed, every word I have studied has guided me to this simple but profound conclusion: true happiness begins …

small pleasures , tiny rituals

Project Reverb prompt: “What small pleasures did you discover this year?” Very soft warm house slippers. Very soft warm plush blankets, covered in cats. That I have a child that still holds my hand and hugs me tight (though that is a great pleasure).  Finally noodling out how to do something …

Leaping into the holidays

Project Reverb prompt: “What decision did you make this year that was a leap of faith? Did it work out? Or not?” It is still in process. We made the decision to move from our home of 9 years across the country. Better for J’s job, better for E to have …

Connected Heroes

Project Reverb prompt: “Who was your hero this year? Tell us why. What makes a hero in your eyes?” It hasn’t been an uplifting year. The closest I can get is Rachel Maddow and Elizabeth Warren. They speak up for students, for the disappearing middle class, for the disenfranchised and the …

Achievements unlocked: Selfie

Project Reverb prompt: “Victory Laps: What was your biggest accomplishment this year?” Oh, ouch. Well there was something, but that just came to a screeching, grinding halt filled with goo. So….  I learned a lot. A huge amount. I stuck with some things, possibly when I shouldn’t, but I did get …

Unpleasant Words and Money Spent

Project Reverb prompt: “Where did you spend your money this year?  Did you save it instead?  What, if anything, would you like to do with your finances this year?” Did better at saving. It went into vacations, kid’s school, home improvement and volunteering. Next year it will be home improvement, …

My voice letting go

Project Reverb prompt: “Letting go: For next year, I’m letting go of…” Anger and being taken advantage of. Walking on eggshells.  I have started speaking up for myself, but didn’t reckon on just how that wasn’t going to go over well sometimes. But it isn’t. Actions have consequences however, and …

The Lightening Rod of Hindsight

Project Reverb prompt: “Do Over: Hindsight is the one thing we never benefit from in the present.  Is there one moment you wish that you could do-over?” Oh..this is , sadly apropos. I would do over something recent. I would wait longer to say everything I’ve said. I wasn’t wrong, but my …