December 31 – Core Story
What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world?
Hmm, this is a tricky one… it’s a very personal prompt, so I think I’ll just mull this one over in private. (It will be something to distract me as I go about attempting to sort a costume for tonight’s Airplane! themed New Year’s party our friends are hosting. Aside from being an air hostess I’m struggling to find something distinctive…)
I’ve not taken part in anything like Reverb 10 before, so it’s been interesting to have prompts for posts and to consider things I wouldn’t have come up with myself. It’s been quite tricky to write 31 posts in December though, so I’m glad I can go back to my more slacker ways come January.
Reverb 10 has definitely made me appreciate how lovely 2010 has been. I’ve ended the year with a fledgling business, with lots of happy travel memories, with straight teeth, and married to the love of my life. I can only hope 2011 is just as good.
Thanks to everyone who has visited my little corner of t’internet over the past twelve months, and taken time to read and comment. It really means a lot to me.
In whatever way you’re celebrating it, I hope your New Year’s Eve is full of fun, frolics and champagne. See you next year!
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?
In the summer, my nan gave me one of her brooches, which originally had been a gift from my mom and granddad to her over fifty years ago. As Nan couldn’t make it to the wedding, I pinned the brooch to my dress to make sure she was a part of the day. An extremely memorable gift, given with love, and something I will keep for the rest of my life.
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.
December 29 – Defining Moment
Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year.
I’m going to combine these two prompts as there’s a link between what I want to achieve in 2011 and an important series of defining moments in 2010.
Before this year, I’d never properly considered that I could be the kind of person who could have their own business. Sure, I’ve been dabbling on the side since 2006 but dabbling was the operative word: I never took it very seriously. Losing your job (again!), however, really crystallises your ambition, and I realised that rather than be at the whim of other people (and to be more specific, at the whim of funders such as the Arts Council), I wanted to be in control.
The defining moments for me were those that made me think I could actually do this: when my new business cards arrived; when I travelled to Birmingham to meet a potential client who ended up hiring me; when I saw my name in print in a magazine; when the publishing house I did work experience for offered me paid gigs. I gradually came to realise that being my own boss was possible. At the moment it’s not full time; I don’t want to leave the security of my part time job, with its pension and its fully equipped office, while I’m trying to build up a client base. But just going for it has been enough.
So that’s what I want to achieve in 2011: I want to make my business viable. In a perfect world I would end up with enough work to be able to give up completely on any part time jobs, but good enough for me would be to have a comfortable turnover, with enough regular clients that I’m not worried about meeting my monthly targets. How do I imagine I’ll feel when I achieve it? Happy, and proud, and pleased that I had enough courage to go for it. And if I don’t achieve it? Well, at least I’ll have tried.
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?
Sitting in our friends’ back garden in June. A plate of homemade burgers and quinoa salad. Red wine in large glasses. A warm still night with the scent of flowers lingering. Lighted candles casting shadows across the wooden table. A fleece blanket on my knees. Winning a hand of Black Maria. Feeling relaxed and happy and loved.
December 26 – Soul Food
What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul?
I also discovered these dishes this year – go find a kitchen and try them. Immediately. You will not regret it.