#Reverb10 Day 28: Achieve

Note: This is the twenty-seventh in a month-long exercise called Reverb10, where bloggers reflect on the year before and think towards the year ahead. The idea is to post daily, based on the day’s prompts; let’s see how well I do.

Prompt: Achieve. What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today.

There’s much in this prompt that I plan on answering in my personal journal, but not here. What I will say is this:

I’m ready to find a full time position with a team that’s doing some really cool stuff. Specifically, I’m looking for a high-level position in UX Design/Strategy, Art Direction or Design Strategy that will let me focus on solving interesting problems alongside a great team, and less on running a business day to day. While I love running a business, and some would say that entrepreneurship is in my blood (case in point: I launched a new side business during my job search), I want to find an environment where I can learn from people who are better than me.

That’s what I plan on achieving this year. Along with getting closer to my degree, and moving towards a Master’s. And it’s going to feel really damn good when it happens.

#Reverb10 Day 27: Ordinary Joy

Note: This is the twenty-seventh in a month-long exercise called Reverb10, where bloggers reflect on the year before and think towards the year ahead. The idea is to post daily, based on the day’s prompts; let’s see how well I do.

Prompt: Ordinary joy. Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?

Most of my moments of greatest joy come from either learning something new, or from recognizing the answer to a problem that’s been sticking me. Examples:

  • The moment I finally finished my first notebook prototype and realized that I’d not only solved a problem that I’d been having for years (wanting one notebook for both personal and work notes), but I had something that could be turned into a side business;
  • Learning LessCSS this year, and knowing that it would change how I design websites – for the better – forever.
  • Seeing a particularly sexy bit of code, and knowing exactly what it does.
  • Helping a client discover what it is they’re really doing, who would benefit most from it, and helping them develop a positioning strategy and brand that connects the two.

Sometimes it takes some work to find the joy, but it’s always there. It’s part of what I do, and one of the many reasons why I love what I do.

#Reverb10 Day 24: Everything’s Okay

Note: This is the twenty-forth in a month-long exercise called Reverb10, where bloggers reflect on the year before and think towards the year ahead. The idea is to post daily, based on the day’s prompts; let’s see how well I do.

Prompt: Everything’s OK. What was the best moment that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright? And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead?

Life is full of those moments. Every time I stress out, get depressed, worry about some thing that I supposedly messed up – I get a sign, usually within a week or two, that I actually dodged a bullet.
The trouble is remembering this when I’m in the middle of worrying. This is why I do yoga.

On another note: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

I hope that wherever you are (whoever’s actually reading this), you’re safe, warm and happy. The last couple of days have been busy with holiday preparations, but I made some time yesterday to make six more notebooks, all of which are for sale in the pretty{functional} Etsy store. Take a look if you like.

NOTE: technically, I made eight books this week; but I just had to keep one of them and give another as a gift. Because I can. The one that I actually kept for myself is right here. LOVE IT!


#Reverb10 Day 23: New Name

Note: This is the twenty-third in a month-long exercise called Reverb10, where bloggers reflect on the year before and think towards the year ahead. The idea is to post daily, based on the day’s prompts; let’s see how well I do.

Prompt: New name. Let’s meet again, for the first time. If you could introduce yourself to strangers by another name for just one day, what would it be and why?

To be honest, I’ve always liked my name. Well, not always. I went by my given name, Danielle, for years – mostly because Dani, my childhood nickname, carried some negative baggage for a very long time. In my mid-20’s, almost entirely by accident, I ended up switching to being called Dani most of the time. I had been allowing friends to call me Dani for so long that, at the beginning of a job interview, I introduced myself as Dani – and the interviewer thought it was a great name. So, from then on, I’ve been Dani.

I was 16 when I started refusing the name. In search of a new nickname, I chose Ducky. Not for any particular reason, mind you (no, I hadn’t seen Pretty in Pink), but because I wanted something that was different than what I’d been called almost every day during my childhood. The new name was a rebirth, almost – and although my sister laughed at me for giving myself a nickname, by the end of that year, I was known to everyone as Ducky. Which, by senior year, became The Almighty Duckstress – I even had a logo for it. Because yes, I am a dork.

#Reverb10 Day 21: Future Self

Note: This is the twenty-first in a month-long exercise called Reverb10, where bloggers reflect on the year before and think towards the year ahead. The idea is to post daily, based on the day’s prompts; let’s see how well I do.

Prompt: Future self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?)

The advice I’d give my future self is the exact same advice I’d give myself 10 years ago: It’s never as bad as you think it is.

For all my plucky go-get-em-ness, I’ve always been an obsessive worrier. I worry what will happen if I don’t get what I want. I worry what will happen if I *do* get what I want. I spend entirely too much time worrying, and most of what I worry and rile myself up about ends up being just fine when everything shakes out.

So the advice I’m going to be giving myself, daily, is that it’s never as bad as you think it is. Go forth. Keep moving. Charge ahead. You’ll end up where you’re meant to be.