#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 26: Soul Food

Note: This is the twenty-sixth 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: Soul food. What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul?

On some level, food always touches my soul – as well it should. Whether we eat for pleasure or eat for fuel, what we eat is an important part of who we are and how we exist in the world.

In years of dealing with weight issues and depression (interesting to admit both of these things in such a public forum), I’ve spent decades observing my relationship with food. When the depression and stress gets worse, I eat worse – cookies, cake, lots of meat and fatty food. When I’m not eating those things, I don’t feel as depressed. There’s no instant prescription for it; it’s something that I have to manage day to day.

What I can say is that the typical prescriptions – “lean protein, whole grains, fresh veggies” – are actually far too simple and limiting to really work. For one thing, those prescriptions often leave out things like bread and pasta – and life without those things just isn’t happening. For me, it’s more about finding balance. Do I eat chocolate, bread and potatoes? Hell yes. Do I eat lots of fresh veggies, and brown rice and things? Hell yes. It’s about figuring out what works today, and making sure that I’m not falling into bad habits – like eating an entire batch of Christmas cookies in one sitting.

#Reverb10 Day 25: Photo

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: Photo – a present to yourself. Sift through all the photos of you from the past year. Choose one that best captures you; either who you are, or who you strive to be. Find the shot of you that is worth a thousand words. Share the image, who shot it, where, and what it best reveals about you.

There are two that come to mind: one from the wedding, one from the honeymoon. Both pretty much speak for themselves, methinks.

Drinking espresso in Sora, on our honeymoon. Shot by Nick. What can you say, really?

My favorite wedding photo ever, taken by Sam Morse, intrepid Air Force photographer. Who flew in from Japan to shoot our wedding. I am incredibly blessed.

#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!