#Reverb10 Part 1

I've seen a number of bloggers taking part in Reverb10- most noticibly the lovely Susannah Conway - and after reading through people's posts and answering the questions in my head, I've decided to get it all on here...


1 - One Word.

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)

Honestly - this year has been overwhelming... mostly in a great way - but sometimes in a bad. I feel like I've been constantly catching up with myself, on here and with everything else. I actually can't believe its December already, let alone nearly Christmas.

Next year, I hope I feel more organised, I don't mind being overwhelmed so much but feeling unorganised and behind with everything is really starting to bug me.


2 – Writing.

What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta)

Go to work... does that count? Everyone has too right? I try not to let it stop me writing a post everyday though - whether I write at home the evening before or during my lunch break...


3 – Moment.

Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors). (Author: Ali Edwards)

This year has been full of some amazing moments to be honest - one of my best friends got married and my sister got engaged and I've really enjoyed being a part of those - but I think the moment I felt the most alive was standing at the top of Malham Cove - the sun was shining, the views were amazing, I was with Thomas, I had my holga with me and it was wonderful.

I really need to share more photos from that day actually - Helga did me proud!


4 – Wonder.

How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year? (Author: Jeffrey Davis)

This year we travelled! It's been amazing, we've been to places we've never been before - Scotland and Poland! However the wonder I've felt in travelling this year has actually been in how beautiful England really is... Berwick, Malham, Wells... even Kirkstall Abbey, which is right on my door step. We really are so lucky to live in Leeds and Thomas and I are constantly amazed by how perfect it is for us both.


5 – Let Go.

What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why? (Author: Alice Bradley)

I've been trying to let go of my anxiety this year... Moving house has really helped me feel better about things and actually get some sleep. I still haven't got complete confidence in my blog, or even my blogging abilities, however within this month, I think I've got my blogging mojo back and I've come to accept that 500 isn't quite that scary a number after all...


6 – Make.

What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it? (Author: Gretchen Rubin)

The last thing that I made was a Halloween wreath - it was quite amazing, I used an old wire coat hanger and some purple, orange and black tissue paper. I wish I had got some tissue paper to make a christmas one as well... and I would love to make christmas cards again next year. Perhaps I should start planning that now?


7 – Community.

Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011? (Author: Cali Harris)

I was looking through some of my posts from last year and amazingly - I have known some bloggers now for over a year - how amazing is that? And I definitely feel like they are true friends. I've been excited about weddings (eeeee), heartbroken about loss, inspired by creativity, had the best emailing buddies and really enjoyed getting to know other bloggers.
I also joined fpoe this year and what an amazing group of ladies they are!

I hope to continue to within this blog community - to continue growing friendships, perhaps meet new people and to really enjoy what the community has to offer.


8 – Beautifully different.

Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful. (Author: Karen Walrond)

Oh I love this one. I really hope this blog is different and lights people up - it brightens my day - every day.


9 – Party.

What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans. (Author: Shauna Reid)

K and P's wedding, definitely. Sharing in something like that with your best friends is something that is such a pleasure and an honour and seeing how happy they are now makes the whole day seem even more special :) I can't wait to see them in a couple of weeks now, hurray!


10 – Wisdom.

What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out? (Author: Susannah Conway)

This is quite a recent decision - in fact only a couple of days - but I think its quite wise... I hope it plays out well.

I've decided to stop worrying about why people are visiting my blog and if it really is any good - and focus on keeping it consistant and making it better! Honestly I have no idea why people keep reading my blog and worrying about doing something wrong (which is worrying when you're not sure what you did right...) and comparing myself to other bloggers is not healthy - instead I'm going to focus on the fact that I love blogging - I love taking photos, I love reading and leaving comments and I love being creative... I guess this is related to letting go of anxiety - and deciding that I've had enough and that I need to make changes myself is definitely a wise decision.


For more information on Reverb 10 - see here. There are 31 prompts in total, I have definitely enjoyed this section, I'm looking forward to the next 21.