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Writing #reverb10

Today’s prompt is writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta)

First of all, let me honestly say that writing is not one of my strongest areas. I’m great with visual stuff, but when it comes to putting words on paper I find myself easily distracted. The funny thing is I can write amazing speeches and am pretty good with creative writing exercises, especially when my sarcasm is allowed to shine through. But somehow, when I sit down to write an article I find myself writing monotonous and dull words. I think that if anyone where to read my words, it would come out sounding like Charlie Brown’s teacher.

Why should blogging be any different from speeches and creative writing exercises? Why should writing how-to articles stump me so?

I think it goes back to the essays and endless papers I wrote in high school and college. Somewhere between 10th and 11th grade I began to feel as though my work wasn’t good enough. I lost my confidence in my writing skills and decided to write papers that had correct grammar and were “good enough.” The curriculum changed drastically between those years (as well as the teaching styles) and I found that I wasn’t doing as well in an area that I though I had always excelled. Where one teacher appreciated and applauded my creative strives, the other stifled them. One teacher loved my conversationalist style, but the other thought it was too “elementary” and needed better vocabulary, better structure.

Fast forward to 2010, I again find myself berating my writing once again, comparing myself to other bloggers and scrapbookers who write amazing posts, feeling like what I have to say isn’t “good enough.” How do I deal with this? I avoid writing. I don’t write out my prayers. I don’t blog. I let myself get caught up with other to-dos, shifting writing to the end of the list until there is no more time for it.

Point in case: I procrastinated writing this blog post. In other words, I avoided it.

So, instead of stating what I do that doesn’t contribute to my writing, I choose to state what I don’t do. I don’t write enough. Can that change? Yes. Yes, I can write more. I am determined to write more.

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What is Reverb 10?

Reverb 10 is a series of prompts that encourage you to “reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. You can join along here.


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One Word Reflection #reverb10

The end of 2010 is coming to a close, and it’s a great time to reflect on what this year has meant to us. So much has happened with my family this year. And there are many great things that are going to come next year. So, I’m following along with Reverb 10, posting responses here to their daily prompts.

What is Reverb 10? In their own words: “Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. The end of the year is an opportunity to reflect on what’s happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead. With Reverb 10, we’ll do both.”

You can join along here.

Today’s prompt is 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? (Author: Gwen Bell)

The word I felt best summed up 2010 is preparation.

2010Word-PreparationOne main reason I chose that word is because I have spent half of 2010 pregnant. Talk about a major change that is happening in our lives! And looking back over the year, I feel like things that have taken place (such as jobs, commitments, etc) have led us to this major change. The last half of this year has especially been spent in preparation, as we clear out room for a nursery, adjust our time commitments, make major purchases, and more.

The word I picked for 2011 is life.

2011Word-Life

I want to truly experience life to the fullest. As we welcome a new life, a precious little one to our family, I am reminded of how precious life is. I never want to take it for granted. I am incredibly blessed with the life I have, and I don’t want to waste one bit of it. I can’t go back in time, I can’t change past decisions, but I can determine tomorrow. And I am determined to go into the next year with a positive attitude. A new year, a new start to life.

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