Two years ago, I participated in ReVerb10 and posted daily about a prompt and reflected on the past year. Last year, I skipped it because it was quite time consuming and with a running toddler in the house and pregnant at the same time, I couldn’t commit to it. This year, WeVerb12 can also be done via Instagram (which I LOVE!). I find pictures can sometimes be more powerful then words, but who am I kidding… it’s definitely less time consuming.
You can follow my WeVerb12 moments via instagram, or check out everyone who is participating in images via this feed. I will though on occasions post some of the images in my daily prompt. How are you reflecting on 2012 and plan for 2013?
December 31 – Core Story
What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world?
(Author: Molly O’Neill)
My core story. I love what I do. I love being a designer, I love being a mom, I love playing interior decorator. It all makes me happy, it makes other people happy and that it really important for me. Because I love what I do, I always smile, I wake up in the morning and feel great about my day. I rarely don’t feel like it. But it happens.
I tackle everything with such enthusiasm and conviction. I always have a gazillion ideas and making those ideas happen is something I am all about. I am not afraid of failure. I feel that it makes you stronger… so I pick myself up and try again. 2010 was a wonderful year, and I have lots of plans for 2011.
Thank you for tuning in on my life… hopefully it has given you a little insight behind the girl on the computer. I hope it clarifies my online voice a bit and makes me seem a little more “approachable.” I hope I can share more about my life in 2011 (if you will allow me to)
December 30 – Gift
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)
I will break this post up in 2 parts. The tangible and emotional portion.
I am a little obsessed with vintage toys. When I found out that Target was exclusively selling the 1970s version of the Ficher Price toys ; especially the Record Player I was excited. Forget that I am in Canada and there are no Targets here… this was a task I was not gonna fail at. So I started the search for those toys. I went to Burlington and Plattsburg with Mavi and my sister and of course we made a stop at the closest Target. First place I went to, the kids section. Unfortunately there were no more record players, but my dad and sister did get him 2 other toys. The Chatter Phone and the Change-a-Tune Piano
Even though Mavi is too small to play with these toys, I really hope he will enjoy these classics when he will be old enough. My family gifted him the toys at Christmas. But not only did he get those 2 toys, my friend got her hands on the record player. You have no idea how freaken excited I was. No clue!
Then my sister also got her hands on the Snoop’ n Sniff. Whoot Whoot! My mom remembers how much we loved the -Rock-A-Stack when we were babies, and wanted to gift her grandson one, so he also got that at Christmas. Spoiled much?! I think so.
So Mavi is the proud owner of 5 ficher price toys. 4 that are the classics untouched versions from the 70′s. I can’t wait to play with him.
Now for the emotional version of a gift. That would be the gift of Life. Cheesy I know, but it’s so very true. The fact that I created another human being is beyond me. It’s a blessing, a miracle and the very best gift anyone can ask for. I love my son more than you can really know (unless you already have kids) it’s an indescribable feeling and makes you question why you didn’t have babies before. It’s like you have a whole new life. You learn to live all over again. And this picture pretty much sums it up. Our first family picture when Mavi was only a few minutes old, and I was beyond exhausted. hehe.
What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?
December 29 – Defining Moment
Describe a defining moment or series of events that has affected your life this year.
(Author: Kathryn Fitzmaurice)
Well this is an obvious one. Pregnancy, Giving Birth, Seeing my son grow so very fast. Giggling, Exploring, Eating, Smiling. This year will be forever engraved in my memory. Thank you Mavi for a wonderful year filled with emotion, love, warmth and wonder.
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. 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)
Every year I have a pretty long lists of things I would like to do for the year. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t but having it written up somewhere make it seem more official and I might actually get all those things done. This year my goals are do-able. And I am actually pretty motivated.
Get back into shape and loose the baby weight and then some
Going for walks with Mavi a minimum of 3-4 times a week. (Could be in the form of shopping, going to the parc)
Refurbish 2 pieces of furniture in my office
File all my paper work (that’s over 2 years worth of paper in boxes)
Finish my office and move my laptop and work in my office (rather than on my kitchen table)
Clean out my closet / drawers and finally let go of the clothes I haven’t worn in over 2 years
Start rebuilding my wardrobe - on a budget (once I’ve lost my weight) with better more universal pieces. Could be 1 piece a month. But planning what I need is necessary as to not buy anything and/or everything
Design a baby memory book
Try and get Baby book published
Plan Mavi’s 1st birthday on a low budget
Fold laundry and put away clothes (I hate this and always leave the clean clothes on the dryer)
Try and keep my room clean at all times (meaning no clothes on the floor)
Wash the dishes (and not leave them accumulate in the sink and/or counter)
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?
(Author: Brené Brown)
Watching little moments (like this one) of my son. He recognizes his nickname : Crocodile that even half asleep he smiles. It’s the cutest thing ever and moments like those give me the most profound joy. I mean if you had a crap day and come home to this little guy, you forget about everything. You melt. Everytime.
It’s the most wonderful feeling and can’t express how much I love him.
December 26 – Soul Food
What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul?
(Author: Elise Marie Collins)
This past summer a friend of my husband decided to bring us to a smokehouse that he absolutely loved. I had never been in the past, but apparently Bofinger was a finger licking good type of restaurant. Not considered a fast food restaurant and not a dinning experience either, this “order your food at the counter, pay and take your plate to a table” seemed like a rather interesting formula.
First time around, I ordered what they were famous for, their pulled pork in the burger version. I chose my barbecue sauce, my side dishes and let me tell you… it was unbelievably good. So good that every time I think about that meal, my mouth waters. Heck, it’s watering now. It was soooo good. If you asked me last year, what was the best thing I ever ate… nothing would of came to mind. But this year… I’d have to say that pulled pork burger with a side of mac and cheese and fries. Delish!
December 25 – 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.
This picture taken when Mavi was only 3 weeks old really captures me. It captured how amazed I was, how I wonderful I felt and how loved & touched I was. It is one of my favorite pictures and since 2010 was basically all about Motherhood I think it really captures that as well.