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Reverb 10 – Day 31

December 31

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.)

Even though I just wrote about it in my last post, I believe that the central story in my life is love and relationships. That does not automatically equate to the “romantic” side of it all, but it does have to do with the love I feel for people and the relationships that I’ve formed, maintained, strengthened, or discontinued with people. In fact, I believe that less than half of how I feel has to do with the romantic side of it, but that’s neither here nor there. This year was all about getting back in touch with people, and finding my niche within certain groups of friends. Everything isn’t perfect, so unfortunately, there are certain places that I don’t fit, but I have been blessed and fortunate to find some places where I’ve found a niche. No matter the situation between me and someone else, if I loved them once, I’ll always love them…the type of love just evolves and changes based on our situation. I’ve learned this year that sometimes you have to love people from a distance, and that everyone isn’t meant for every aspect of your life. I love the interactions I have with people on a daily basis, and I’m always hanging out with one person or talking to another or trying to help someone out…that’s how I share it with the world. If I consider someone a friend, they become extremely important to me, and I make it my business to let them know that. I think that this year has taught me that people deserve to know how I feel about them, and that positivity goes a lot further than negativity ever could. I’m making it my mission in 2011 to continue what I started in 2010: to make myself happy, to try and exude positivity as much as I can, and to help myself and my friends/family to reach their full potential. That’s been the theme of who I am for as long as I can remember, and now it’s time to really put what I want to do into action…it’s been a hell of a year, and I wouldn’t have traded any experience, positive or negative, for anything in the world because it’s made me into who I am today. I hope everyone reading this has an amazing New Year’s Eve, and has a productive and successful 2011. Thanks for accompanying me on this journey of self-realization and self-discovery!


Reverb 10 – Day 30

December 30

Prompt: Gift. This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?

I believe that the most memorable gift I received this year was the gift of friendship. It sounds really cliché, but I’ve had problems with understanding and grasping the concept that people can really stick with me when things are good and when things are bad. Friendship may not seem like a gift to other people, but I believe that sharing someone else’s life with them is a privilege, not a right. I’ve always considered myself to be a good friend (though I know there are areas where I can improve), but I didn’t until this year realize how amazing the friends I have are. Granted, I’ve either lost or diminished some friendships over the past 12 months, but all of those experiences have made me into a stronger person, and into a more grateful one for the friendships that have managed to make it through. It’s not always easy to remain invested in people especially when you’re scared they’ll walk away, but allowing myself to be vulnerable to people has proven to be an amazing asset to my life. I have to thank all of my friends for blessing me with the opportunity to get to know them better, to exchange dialogue with them, and allowing me to share some of the most precious moments in life with them. 2010 was definitely the year of the friend for me, and I’m hoping that 2011 proves to be just as, if not more, fulfilling.

P.S. I did also receive the Michael Jackson Experience game for Wii, and some North Face E-Tip gloves, both of which are pretty amazing as well. 🙂

Reverb 10 – Day 29

December 29

Prompt: Defining moment. Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year.

One of the defining moments that stands out for me this year was the experience of working at my first full time job. From the interviewing process, to getting the call that I received the job, to actually becoming an employee, and getting integrated into the company was something that began to shape who I was as a person and really shaped a good portion of my year in 2010. I had held jobs before, and even held one office job before the one I got in June, but I had never been a full time employee in a corporate setting before. Some of the lessons that I learned while at my last job have carried over into the new job I’m currently working in, and I’m grateful I got the experience. I think it defined me because it gave me something to get up for everyday, and I hadn’t had that feeling since I was in college. I got the chance to meet and work with some phenomenal people, and some of the connections that I made at the office I was at have already proven to be an invaluable asset to my personal and professional life. I’m a better person having worked there (even though at the time I was there I wanted to run for the hills some days), and I even have moments in my new job where I miss being there and interacting with everyone. Since I was the receptionist, I was in the middle of the office (ironic considering the role I play in a lot of my friends’ lives – but that’s neither here nor there), so I made it my duty to get to know everyone in the office, and speak to everyone not just when they came in the office or were leaving for the day, but as the day went on. I’ve taken that same attitude with me to my new job, and it’s served me well. I think that the experience at my first full time job made me a more well-rounded person, and gave me a consciousness about how projecting a positive or negative attitude can make all of the difference. I miss being there some days, and I hope all of my old coworkers are surviving without me! 🙂

Reverb 10 – Day 28

December 28

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.

In 2011, I most want to accomplish finishing my story. No, I don’t mean writing the story of my life out, but I do mean finishing a work of fiction. I’ve been inspired to write times before, but I finally feel like I have something that I can work well enough to turn into a full novel. I believe it could take me less than a year to finish it, but I know I’ll feel so extra accomplished and purpose-filled if I complete it. Everything I’ve ever written (as far as stories go) doesn’t have an ending. Ever since I was younger and actually started writing, I’ve never finished a story. I feel like it’s because I haven’t done adequate pre-planning before I started writing, so I’m trying to do what I have to do in order to see a project through from start to finish. Hmmm…10 things I can do in order to experience that feeling today…

1) Write something and finish it. Whether it be this blog post, or a letter, or a journal entry…see something through start to finish without stopping.
2) Think more positively about myself and my work.
3) Go buy quality writing products.
4) Create time every day to write.
5) Ask other writers for their critiques, opinions, and assistance.
6) Look up information on how to plan novels out.
7) Look into publishing avenues.
8) Research writing classes.
9) Create a playlist of music I can write to.
10) Find novel-writing software for my Mac.

I think doing all of these things will set me on the path to getting closer to my dream of actually publishing a novel. Having some constructive criticism will help me hone my craft, and working with quality products literally makes me feel better about the work that I’m doing. Every day that I write now, I feel a little bit better, so I’m hoping to continue these feelings into 2011.

Reverb 10 – Day 27

December 27

Prompt: Ordinary joy. Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?

I would have to say that one of my most joyful ordinary moments this year was at Mate in Georgetown. It was completely out of the ordinary for my friends and I to go there (since 3 of the 5 of us had never been), but not out of the ordinary for us to be there together. It was one of the best times I had this year; there was sushi and drinks all over the place, and none of us really cared how much money we spent, because we were all genuinely having a good time.The sushi was amazing, the drinks were impeccably made, and the conversation was awesome. It was nice to get (sorta) dressed up and go to a nice restaurant and kick it with people that meant a lot to me. After we had all finished eating and downing our drinks, we decided to take a stroll across the street and stand at the Georgetown Harbor and look down at the water, and look across to the Kennedy Center and over into Northern Virginia. Beautiful view. We stood out there and took crazy pictures of each other, laughed at each other, and genuinely had a fantastic time. I promise there are days when I replay that night in my head because I need to put a smile on my face…I swear, when the weather breaks again, we have got to go back…ordinary set of events, extraordinary set of people.

Reverb 10 – Day 26

December 26

Prompt: Soul food. What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul?

Hmm…some food that I ate this year that I won’t forget…one would have to be my own cornbread. Now, anyone that knows me knows that before 2010, I did not cook. at all. I just thought that I couldn’t, and I thought no one would like it. Well, one day (while I was gainfully unemployed), I decided that I wanted to try and make something to take to the boys in the studio. At the beginning of this year, I was in the studio faithfully. Considering it was on University of Maryland’s campus and I lived all of 10 minutes away, it really wasn’t out of line for me to spend a considerable amount of time up there. So…one night I decided to make some bbq chicken, my friend made some 4 cheese rice a roni (which is sent from God), and I made some homemade cornbread. Well…I found this recipe for cornbread online, got all of the stuff, and…damn, was it good! I shocked myself with it to be honest. I took it up to the studio (after I put some to the side for myself), and all of the food disappeared within like an hour. All the chicken was gone, all of the rice was gone, and all of the cornbread vanished. To this day, I still get people asking me to make some for them, and there are even times when I shock myself at how good it is. Other than my own food, I’ve had some amazing sushi this year from a few different places…the Mexican food I had in Florida was something simply awesome…the Indian food from Columbia is always on point…I’ve had a lot of good culinary experiences this year, and it’s my hope in 2011 to dive deeper into the culinary scene in DC and go to some restaurants that I have yet to go to and expand my palate.

Reverb 10 – Day 25

December 25

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.

Ahhh...such a glorious picture on a glorious day...

This is literally the best picture of me from 2010. It’s from my trip to Ocean City with my friends back in May, and there were literally only like 10 people on the beach from what my friend Vogue and I could see. We took what felt like a million pictures on the beach that day, and this one, HANDS DOWN, was my favorite one! Yes, Vogue posed me for it, but hey…it turned out to be a really nice shot! Not only is it my favorite one because the beach is one of my favorite places to be on Earth, but I also feel like it showcases some of the things I like the best about myself. For one, I really enjoyed the outfit I had on that day, so…it’s always good to get pictures in stuff I like wearing. Also, my hair was just wind-swept enough to still be cute, and not crazy like it was in subsequent pictures. My smile in this one is really nice, and I really like the fact that the picture cuts out part of my face. I find it…artsy. I used to (and still to some degree) have really bad body image issues, but every single time I look at this picture, I’m like “honey you are beautiful.” THAT is what makes this the photo that best captures me. I think this trip was one of the beginning events that helped me to fall back in love with myself, and to start to really appreciate the person that I am…every time I look at this photo, I’m reminded of just how awesome I really am.