My Word for 2011 is COMPLETE
And in preparation for this I will complete my Reverb10 prompts, in one big out-breath. So I sit here, late at night on The Eve of New Years Eve, proving to myself that I can complete.
December 21 – 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?) (Author: Jenny Blake)
My Darling, this year will be amazing, everything you wish to accomplish this year, you are more than capable of doing, with ease and grace and giggles and love. Its all okay, its all gonna be okay, every little thing is gonna be alright. xxx
Dear Younger Self,
Don’t shave your head, ever, okay?
Love Older Self
December 22 – Travel
Travel How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year? (Author: Tara Hunt)
I intend to travel to the South Island and to Australia to visit my precious friends in 2011.
December 23 – New Name
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? (Author: Becca Wilcott)
I would like to introduce myself as ‘Fuck’, and use a fancy accent, one that makes it believable enough that this is actually my name, yet obvious enough to not mistake it for some kinda name that does not sound like the eff word. Why? Because the world needs more people named Fuck.
Either that, or Beavis.
December 24 – 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? (Author: Kate Inglis)
Proof? I’m still here, I still smile more than cry, I still giggle to myself and sing as I drive. I still believe in magic and love and I still see beauty in every face I meet. Yes, its going to be alright. It always has been.
December 25 – 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. (Author: Tracey Clark)
My eldest son took this photo at my parents’ place about 5 months ago. It was the first visit I had with him in many months and he had grown so much and it made my heart so very happy to spend time with him.
December 26 – Soul Food
What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? (Author: Elise Marie Collins)
Quite tragically, I cannot recall any one thing that I ate this year that was all that memorable. Pretty lame really.
December 27 – Ordinary Joy
Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year? (Author: Brené Brown)
Having my very own bird-bath and watching the very first bird I saw bathing in it, I coulda sworn he was laughing. So extremely ordinary, so exquisitely joyful.
December 28 – 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. (Author: Tara Sophia Mohr)
Oh, its all about the completion, and that is exactly the feeling I’m going for. I intend to complete what needs completing in my life, and to begin beautiful, creative, learning projects that I will complete throughout the year. I intend to bring completion and closure to all that I healed and released this year and move forward with ease.
December 29 – Defining Moment
Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year. (Author: Kathryn Fitzmaurice)
One defining moment? When I first realised how important feeling safe and secure in my own home was, and that as much as I wished to wish the insecurity away, I needed to change homes to bring that feeling back. Choosing not to get too mad about having that security taken away from me.
December 30 – Gift
This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year? (Author: Holly Root)
On Christmas day this year I opened a gift I had saved for nearly two years. It was a gift to myself, nothing special, just a simple turquoise blue painted rock and a divine piece of labradorite I had picked up on my travels. At the time I had wrapped them up with pretty ribbon and put them aside, wondering what occasion I would choose to open them. For nearly two years, no occasion felt right, but on Christmas day, I opened this little gift with a card attached reading ‘Dear Leigh 2010, Love from Leigh 2009’. Odd thing to do, usually I cannot wait to enjoy such things, but for some reason I don’t quite understand, it seemed right to wait.