Sunday, December 21, 2014

Day 21 of Reverb14 Ends With Certainty...

Today is 21st and final day of Reverb14, hosted by the lovely Kat McNally who blogs at I Saw You Dancing. It has been quite an adventure using these Reverb14 prompts to begin my own end-of-year reflection process and it's been a treat to visit the blogs of the many wonderful participants who are also amazingly great writers!

Here is what Kat has to share with us on this final day:

Today, I'd like you to revisit what you wrote on 1 December on the first day of Reverb14. 

How does that compare to where you are now i.e. what can you say today with certainty?

Then, without thinking too hard about it, grab a pen and some paper and finish the following sentences:


In 2015, I am open to...

In 2015, I want to feel...
In 2015, I will say no to...
In 2015, I will know I am on the right track when… But when I find myself veering off course, I will gently but firmly…
In December 2015, I want to look back and say...

In regard to the first question, I can continue to say with certainty:

I am a highly CREATIVE being and I will ALWAYS be so.

This, I know, will not change much in my life for the foreseeable future!

But as for the other questions, let's see what pops into my head as I look at them...

In 2015, I am open to MORE EASE
In 2015, I want to feel MORE JOY
In 2015, I will say "NO" to people that are NOT a right-fit for ME
IN 2015, I will know I am on the right track when I'm feeling good about my accomplishments...But when I find myself veering off course, I will gently but firmly refer to my accomplishment journal and add to it!

In December 2015, I want to look back and say:

What an amazing year of new friendships and creative income earning opportunities, with a great balance of fun, ease and relaxation combined with LOTS of reading and LOTS of hot buttered popcorn!

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Many thanks to Kat McNally for hosting Reverb14 and sharing such wonderful and thought-provoking prompts with us all!

And many thanks to YOU for stopping by to read my reflections and thanks to those of you who left such wonderful and encouraging comments! I am really feeling that 2015 will be MUCH BETTER than 2014!

Kat has mentioned one last treat for us, so be sure to stop back tomorrow to see what she has in store!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Day 20 of Reverb14 - Space for Joy...

Today is Day 20 of Reverb14, hosted by the lovely Kat McNally who blogs at I Saw You Dancing. Check out the Reverb14 page HERE to join along and journal to the amazing prompts as we journal our way out of 2014...it's YOUR CHOICE to journal publicly or privately, as we all journal our way out of 2014 and plan for the new year ahead...

Today's prompt is given to use by the fabulous Jen Lee, an amazing blogger and storyteller. Today Jen writes this for us:

One thing I learned in 2014 was how to make space for joy and levity, even in the midst of challenging circumstances or sad times. 

How could you make space for joy in the year to come? How could you protect it?

If you've been following my Reverb14 posts, then you'll know that I've been struggling in my life this past year, which certainly has left much room for JOY. But as I've been journaling along with these thoughtful prompts, there are some things that are becoming clear and focusing on JOY is one of them - how to make space for that, is now the question...

Perhaps a way I could make space for joy in 2015 is by starting that accomplishment journal I've been writing about here. Trying to keep up with my practice of keeping a gratitude journal turned out to be like almost everything else this year - hard work, and I'm ready to let go of all the hard work and to take up the practice of being at EASE, in the hopes that things will manifest more EASE-ily in my life...

Now, I am an individual who relishes ACCOMPLISHMENT and that is something that brings JOY in my life. I think if I begin to practice tracking my accomplishments, it will bring me that sense of JOY I need more of and it can also help me to see how much I am building toward my creative career, so I won't feel as though I am getting 'nowhere' with all my efforts.

And maybe it will begin to trigger my gratitude for the blessings in my life, which will bring more blessings and more goodness...

Which of course will bring me more JOY...

And tracking all the accomplishment and joy will be a wonderful way to protect it all.

I think this is a plan I can manage with EASE as I begin to let go of 'trying so hard'.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Day 19 of Reverb14 - Signs and Symbols...

Today is Day 19 of Reverb14, hosted by the lovely Kat McNally who blogs at I Saw You Dancing. Check out the Reverb14 page HERE to join along and journal to the amazing prompts as we journal our way out of 2014...it's YOUR CHOICE to journal publicly or privately, as we all journal our way out of 2014 and plan for the new year ahead...

For our consideration, we have an interesting prompt from our hostess, Kat McNally. Here is what she shared with us for today:

 Sometimes I feel like an intrepid explorer through the lush, terrifying, vibrant jungle that is daily life. When I am open, I start to notice clues everywhere; clues which guide me to questions that, in turn, lead to answers. I sense the very real possibility that I am not navigating my way on my own

Recently I realised that I had been gravitating to hot pink. This realisation led me to a photo which, in turn, brought back some memories which then led me to understand something about a burden I'd been carrying for a long time. And in that discovery, I was freed.

Today, I invite you to consider: what sorts of signs and symbols have recurred for you in 2014? Think: repeating colours, shapes, people, sayings, music, images, ideas. Where could they possibly be leading you?

As someone who loves symbols and looks for signs of guidance in her life, this prompt certainly spoke to me!

And I've been seeing some signs recur in my life this past year...

As I've mentioned in a previous post, it feels like I've been trying so hard to make certain things happen in my life and one of them is trying to maintain some old friendships, but it looks more and more as though I am doing most of the work to keep these relationships going and all the work is getting to me.

When I expressed my intention during August Moon to find more like-minded creatives to connect with, opportunities dropped out of the sky and into my lap like so many raindrops for a parched soul!

These connections have begun online and they include mail art, something I enjoy and have been wanting more of in my life. After all, who doesn't enjoy receiving colorful mail in the mailbox instead of tired old advertisements and bills?!?

And these connections feel effortless...and fun...and full of art-full joy...

I have been seeing these signs for awhile now and it's time for me to acknowledge them so I can make more space to allow more of these effortless opportunities to enter my life.

As for other signs and symbols, I can say that the color BLUE has been making it's presence known to me, a color that I don't normally wear or have in my environment often.

Methinks the symbology of BLUE is that I could also use a little more CALM and REST in my life, and THAT is a sign I am willing to heed...and so I shall!

Skirt of recycled t-shirts made in various shades of calm, cool blue - I love wearing this new skirt!