Thursday, December 2, 2010

#reverb10 Days 1 + 2

I really enjoyed the 30 Days Challenge I did when I first started this blog, so when I saw that Taryn is doing a different self-reflective challenge, I decided to go for it!

#reverb10 is a writing project designed to help people "reflect on the year and manifest what's next."  I'm up for a challenge, so let's do this!

December 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?" - Gwen Bell

For 2010, my word is transition.  This sums up every part of the year, it really does.  I know I use it a lot on my blog, and that's because it's our life.  We live in transition every day.  I started this year in a new state, my first year away from California.  I kicked off the last year of my 20s with new friends in new surroundings.  I got use to snow days, and prepared for my husband's homecoming.  Homecoming was another transition of course, getting used to being a couple again and actually living under the same roof.  We had our ups and downs, and then a few short months after that, I set out for Colorado and our new life out here.  I lived with family, waiting for my husband, waiting for our home.  He finally got out here, we finally moved into our home, and we acclimated ourselves to living with FIL full-time.  We've transitioned to being a one income family and struggled the entire time with it.  I'm still waiting to transition out of this rough place.  We've transitioned from being an Active Duty family to Reservists, and I've experienced the "demotion" that comes from making that move.  I've transitioned from being somewhat confident about where we were heading to being challenged by the difficulties we've had to face.  I'm hoping to continue transitioning positively as our year comes to a close

For 2011, my word will be rebounding.  We're going to be rebounding from this bad place [financially, that is].  I'm going to be rebounding from a rough end to my twenties and rallying back into my thirties.  I'm going to take more chances and risks, knowing that the only place to go from here is up.  We're going to be bouncing back and starting fresh in this new place, with our sights set high and with optimism in our hearts.  I can't wait to make a comeback and rebound into the new year!

December 2 - Writing
"What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?" - Leo Babauta

My long stressful days at work?  Probably.  I don't take to writing to unwind at the end of the day.  After a long day at work, coming home to make dinner, then running off to tutoring, I just want to come home, sit down, and be absolutely unproductive.  There are boxes to put away, decorations to hang, items to list on Etsy, and lingering piles around the house that need to be attacked.  I avoid all of those tasks and plop down on the couch.  The DVR gets fired up and I get to catch up on all of my trashy shows.  That doesn't contribute to my writing, but I sure do enjoy a night off.  :)  Thanks to all of you that hang in there and keep up with my on-again, off-again rambling!       

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