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Calling all #Reverb10’ers!

30 Nov

Any #Reverb10 participants out there?

We just found out that there won’t be an official #Reverb11 this year. I’m a little bummed as that really got me into a blogging groove! I also have recently been rereading some of my posts and was quite amazed at some of my insights. The Reverb organizers are encouraging us to create our own, but I’m really not that great at organizing things like that. Plus I don’t have THAT many blog friends yet

But… the AMAZING Kim over at Kimberly Michelle is trying to gather people up to brainstorm a brand spankin’ new Reverb that is all our own!!

So what are you waiting for??? Head over there right now and help us create something BIG!! 🙂

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Day 31 – #Reverb10 – Core Story

31 Dec

Prompt: Core story. What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world? (Bonus: Consider your reflections from this month. Look through them to discover a thread you may not have noticed until today.)
Author: Molly O’Neill, Harper Collins Children’s , @molly_oneill
 
So here we are…at the end of the month of December, at the end of the year 2010, and at the final prompt for #reverb10.

I am SO PROUD of myself for taking the time to reflect and respond to each of the #reverb10 prompts! I’m also proud that I never got too far behind (cause that would have likely been the end of it for me)! I think it’s a testament to how much I REALLY enjoy writing and connecting with this wonderful online community I have FINALLY actively joined.

Now on to the final #reverb10 prompt of 2010…

Who am I at the core? What is my story? Scary question if you ask me…but I’m going to try to answer it openly and honestly.

I’m someone who strives to be successful in everything I do, yet is so afraid of failure that I often don’t take the risks necessary to truly succeed.

I’m an emotional and sensitive person who feels like an open book when it comes to my feelings. However, I did find out yesterday that some people I work with didn’t realize I was so sensitive. They thought I was hard core tough and “scary” (so not truly me at all!). I didn’t realize that people could see me SO differently than I actually am.

I incessantly compare myself to other people. I long to be included, but many times feel like I’m on the outside looking in.

I LOVE learning and am a knowledge seeker. I want to fill my brain to the brim with all types of information that I can use and share.

I’m really a good person at the core, but don’t always manifest it when I’m being overemotional and over reactive. I want to be a better wife, sister, daughter and friend.

When I see some of these traits that are so deeply me, it makes me a little sad that I can’t see the more positive things about myself. However, I’m committed to trying to see more of my positive attributes in 2011 and to really discover where my passions lie. To see more rainbows among the clouds…

I’ve just began to share my core story with the world through this blog and I’m so excited to keep up with it and see how my thoughts and the things I accomplish evolve over time. When I read back through all of my #reverb10 posts, I think that I’ve been consistent about writing in a way that is true to myself. I didn’t try to sugar coat anything, as I’m not a sunshine and roses kind of girl. I AM hoping that with all the self-reflection I have done thus far and that which I will do on this blog in the future, that I can begin SEE more things that make me the beautifully different person I am (a phrase I never thought about until #reverb10 – Day 8)…to LIVE A BRIGHTER LIFE!

Whew…done. Although I’ve loved participating in #reverb10, I’m SO looking for some much lighter and fun posting in the weeks to come! 🙂

Image Source: ~Dezz~

Day 30 – #Reverb10 – Gift

30 Dec

Prompt: 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, Waxman Literary Agency, @hroot

Since I just did a whole series of posts on the best tangible gifts The Hubs and I got for Xmas (check out Jen’s Edition, The Hubs’s Edition and The Couples Edition) and I can’t really remember any other actual gifts that I got throughout the year, I’m going to choose my favorite emotional gift. (That sounds a little funny…emotional gift…).

The most memorable emotional gift was the constant support The Hubs provided throughout 2010. He always makes me feel like we are in this crazy thing called life together (even when I am acting SUPER irrational and crazy). He always sticks up for me and is on my side. It’s so nice to have someone there all the time to celebrate AND complain with. I couldn’t imagine being with anybody else!

I hope that in the 2011 I can provide him as much support as he has provided me!

Day 29 – #Reverb10 – Defining Moment

29 Dec

Prompt: Defining moment. Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year.
Author: Kathryn Fitzmaurice, The Year the Swallows Came Early, @KFitzmaurice


Unfortunately for me, the only defining moment that I can think of was one that won’t win any “Best Moment of the Year” awards in my book.

The most defining moment of 2010 was back in June when I was abruptly switched from one position within my company to another. With no warning, I was all of a sudden on new projects with a new boss and someone else was now working on all the projects that I had worked so hard on.

I think the hardest part of the switch was the confidence I lost in myself. I was really confident in the work I had previously been doing and was really looking forward to gaining more responsibility and expertise in that area. I felt like I was being “kicked out” of one group, like I wasn’t worthy of working in it anymore. I instantly felt like an outsider in a group I had been a part of for over a year. I felt like no one really cared how I felt about the move, especially when it was common knowledge how much I liked what I was doing.

The switch really put me in a funk that I was in for most of the second half of the year. There were times when the projects in my new position weren’t really progressing as planned, so there wasn’t much work to do. I felt inadequate and like I wasn’t being used to my full potential (and sometimes still do…).

It will be admitted now, that the way I was switched from one group to another wasn’t well done, but the damage had already been done.

I’m still in the process of trying to find my voice in this new position and find a way to REALLY make a difference. I’m trying to learn how to navigate some of the different mindsets that I am encountering in this new group and trying to help bridge the gap between my old group and this new one.

I’m hoping that as we enter 2011, that I can really FULLY comes to terms with my new role (since I haven’t quite done that yet) and find a way to LEARN and GROW from these new experiences.

Day 28 – #Reverb10 – Achieve

28 Dec

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.
Author: Tara Sophia Mohr, The Women’s Seder Sourcebook: Rituals & Readings for Use at the Passover Seder; @tarasophia

Being an overachiever, I’ve already got a post scheduled for New Year’s Day on a few specific goals that I would like to accomplish in the coming year.

For this post though, I’m going to come up with a more far reaching achievement. One of those pie in the sky ideas (at least that’s how it feels) that I’d really like to work toward achieving….

I’d really like to become a less emotionally reactive person.

What does this mean exactly?

Well, it means remembering that if things do go wrong, not to freak out prematurely and to realize that everything WILL be OK. It means recognizing when I’m getting agitated or upset, breathing deeply, and really thinking about what my next step, emotion, or action will be. It means not constantly dwelling on every. single. worry. that pops into my head and having the feelings associated with worry creep into my daily moods. In general, I want to have more positive reactions to situations.

In doing this I imagine that I will feel LIGHTER (being emotional is hard work!) and hopefully HAPPIER.

What can I do to experience these feelings today?

1.) Just Breathe. (My mantra for the last 10+ years that I don’t always follow…)

2.) Don’t dwell on things that can’t be controlled.

3.) Be grateful.

4.) Exercise whenever negative emotions may be brewing (if possible).

5.) Get a big hug from The Hubs.

What thoughts can I think to experience these feelings today?

1.)  Am I reacting reasonably to this situation?

2.)  Things aren’t as bad as you think they are.

3.)  You have so many positive people and things in your life. Remember this!

4.)  Believe in yourself! You will find a solution if something does go wrong.

5.)  Everything happens for a reason.

Image Credit: Heylovedc, spitfirelas

Day 27 – #Reverb10 – Ordinary Joy

28 Dec

Prompt: 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, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, @brenebrown

Ordinary joy is…

Hanging out at home with The Hubs and The Pup pretending we don’t have a care in the world.

A sweet word, hug or kiss from The Hubs that makes me get butterflies.

A sleeping baby swaddled tight.

Watching The Pup lay on The Hubs’s chest in the chair…even when he is WAY to big to be doing so.

#Reverb10 Catch Up!

27 Dec

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and that Santa brought them everything they wanted!

The Hubs and I were really spoiled by our family this year! Then today we went ahead a proceeded to spoil ourselves EVEN MORE with some fun buys for the house and garage! 🙂

Sometime this week, I’ll fill you in on all the goodies we got, but for now, it’s time for a #reverb10 catch up!

DECEMBER 24rd
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?
Author: Kate Inglis, The Dead Crew, @sweetsalty

There are many many moments where I have freaked out unneccesarily this year (and basically every year since the day of my birth!).

Here’s how a typical “Jen Freak Out Session” goes:
“I can’t believe this happened. Why me? What did I do to deserve this? It’s not fair! It must be the apocolypse!”

::Crying:: ::Crying:: ::More Crying::

2 hours later after being calmed down some by The Hubs…

“You’re right, it could have been worse. I should be thankful for what I do have. I may have overreacted a little bit. It really isn’t the end of the world.”

To overreact like this whenever something doesn’t go my way is really exhausting. But it’s hard for me to stop myself from going from neutral to crying in less than 60 seconds. I need to realize that everything IS going to be OK and that things are normally not as bad as I am making them out to be. I need to have faith that THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON. It is really something I need to work on, although I think it might be a lifelong work in progress.

In the meantime, I’m going to try to be inspired the following phrase first coined by the Britsh government in 1939 right before World War II:

It must be a sign that I need to adopt this motto because even before I was able to publish this post, I came across another fellow blogger, Melissa over at The Inspired Room, who is also using this mantra for her and her family this holiday season. (Don’t you love the gold sparkle touch to that holiday card??)

December 25th
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.
Author: Tracey Clark, Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters’ Guide to Shooting from the Heart  @shuttersisters

The difficulty I’ve had in try to find a picture for this post make me realize that The Hubs and I REALLY need to take more pictures in the coming year…

For now, I’m going to use a picture that I took recently. Whenever I look at it, it makes me think of happiness and love

It’s a picture of me holding my best friend’s new baby at the hospital last week when he was just hours old. The picture was taken by The Hubs.

If you could have been in the room, you would have heard how nervous I was to hold him (which is pretty typical of who I am). All day, I was so excited waiting for this little one to arrive and now here he was…absolutely AMAZING. It makes me excited for the future when The Hubs and I start our own family!

December 26th
Prompt: Soul food. What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth and touched your soul?
Author: Elise Marie Collins, An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Reference, @mysticflavor

My favorite comfort food, by far, is french bread. I especially love these Portuguese rolls that we get at a local Portuguese bakery that are SO delicious I can eat like 4 large rolls in one sitting! I don’t know what it is about bread, but it always makes me happy when I eat it, especially when I can sop up soup or tomato sauce with it! YUM! My waist line on the other hand, has a VERY love/hate relationship with this evil carb!

The other food I love, that makes me “ooooo” and “ahhhh” every time I have it, is sushi from our favorite sushi restaurant, Amakara. I swear every time we go there, I leave a little happier. They have the most delicious grilled edamame and inventive sushi rolls! They also make a mean Sweetartini, made with SweetTarts! The restaurant is a little pricey, but The Hubs and I go for most special occasions, including major accomplishments! Lucky for us, we just got a gift card for Amakara for Christmas!

Image Credits: Wikipedia, Ericka Record, Amakara