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I committed to this project but got derailed. I’m going to go through and answer some of the questions for my own reference.

Prompt: 5 minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010.

I want to remember hoofing it around town while carless and enjoying it – calling ourselves Intrepid Urban Explorers (important in a city where everyone has a car). I want to remember that we effectively saved money. I want to remember that we started taking better care of our surroundings, which improved our relationship. I want to remember my dog playing frisbee. I want to remember that I ran two 5Ks and one four-mile race, and that even though I wasn’t always feeling up to my training schedule, I still did it, and it felt good. At some point during the year I read that Louisa May Alcott was a runner, and it conjured up images of running at a time where it would’ve been a very strange thing for a woman to do – and it would’ve been a very powerful feeling. I want to remember gaining some agency, realizing that it’s okay to try and be creative, and starting on a path toward embracing my love of design. I want to remember playing with my best friend’s daughters, and learning lessons about parenting way before I have to be one. I want to remember getting engaged at the park where we play frisbee with the dog and run and walk, while it was dark outside but 50 degrees in December, and crying. And how happy we were.

Prompt: Lesson learned. What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?

I learned that I can be creative and do a good job. I think I knew this, sort of, before, but I was afraid to put it out there and really, genuinely try. I will apply it…by applying myself. And not talking down to myself.

So, actually, these are the only two prompts I decided to answer in the rest of the batch. I think it’s been a good exercise, though. I’ve certainly gained something from it. A little year-end perspective. A little year-beginning motivation.

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Appreciate. What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? Author: Victoria Klein

I’ve skipped quite a few of the reverb days because they just…didn’t feel right. But here’s one I can definitely answer. I’ve come to appreciate my daily life. My home. The little things that make it nice – which are simultaneously big ones, like having someone to cook with. Animals to snuggle with. Blankets. Time to read whatever I want, be they science books or spy romances. The ability to be creative, and be supported in that.

Simple things that make me happy.

Since this is sort of my new, bright, shiny creative space, I thought I’d share some work I’ve done in my typography class. This assignment was to create two sets of the same instructions: one legible, one illegible – using only type. I chose to illustrate instructions for looking at constellations.

Here’s the legible set (these are meant to be 4×6 flash cards):

And this is the illegible set of the same instructions:

There it is! I think there are a few changes I would make now that it’s been a few days since I made first made it, but overall I’m pleased with what I came up with.

Prompt: Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?

Author: Leo Babauta

I think a better question would be: what don’t I do that doesn’t contribute to my writing? Wait, that’s a double negative. Okay, fine. Here are a few things I do that don’t contribute:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google Reader
  • Netflix
  • Pinterest (kind of obsessed now)

On the other hand, these do sometimes contribute to my writing by giving me things to think about and subjects to write about. Half the time I don’t actually get around to writing about them. Maybe I’m just a professional ruminator.

In the past few years, I’ve started thinking of myself as a non-writer. I like to rant, and type things out, but I don’t embrace the process of re-reading my writing, adjusting it and fine-tuning it before I present it to the world. My current script is that I’m too lazy and I just don’t care enough about writing to make it perfect. I’m happy to slap something together and share it. I feel I can communicate relatively well, but I’m also generally writing from the perspective that I’ll be the only one reading it.

Writing is no longer my preferred way to communicate. It may be the one I’m most comfortable with, but I don’t feel a deep connection to it like I once did. I would probably never refer to myself as a writer.  So the things I would eliminate to give more time to writing… I will keep them for now, because they inspire me in other ways, and I’ll write when it feels like the thing to do.

I initially started this blog to write about frugality, but I found in the long run that a) I wasn’t that frugal and b) it was pretty boring to write about. I’m restarting it now so I have a space away from my regular blog to participate in Reverb10.

Today’s prompt:

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)

My word for 2010: transformative. 2010 started with me in a serious rut. My career looked like a dead end after I’d spent years planning to move up. I was doing freelance, but it wasn’t satisfying, and I was really only doing it for the extra income. My home life was happy and satisfying, but I’ve always needed other outlets to express myself and feel useful. I’ve always had an interest in design, but was too intimidated to really embrace it and see what I could do. My boyfriend encouraged me to start some classes in web design. I started in fall, and I have to admit I love it. I have something interesting to do that I don’t have to do to make ends meet; something that could go in many directions for me.

The word I’d like to embrace for 2011 is progressive. I took the first steps toward a new hobby, possibly a new career, and have allowed myself to be creative, recognizing that creativity, in any form, is never wrong. It just is. In 2011 I’d like to take more steps toward defining what my newfound fearless creativity means for me, and how I can use it to live a richer life daily.

Another element of being fearlessly creative, for me, has been to be a little bit fearlessly cheesy. To participate in things like Reverb 10, which in the past I might’ve seen as silly, or decided to participate in privately and then quitting after a few days. I’ve set up this blog as a space to contemplate all elements of my creativity and daily life, and to not be afraid of questioning myself and my motives. I’m looking forward to responding to each day’s prompt and learning from the experience alongside other creativity fiends.