Monday, December 22, 2014

Reverb14: the day after


Thank you, my friends. Seriously: THANK YOU. It's been an incredible three weeks. We've laughed, we've cried, we've vented, we've hugged ourselves tenderly, we've held a veritable Asshatters Tea Party.

I am blown away every year by the community that forms around Reverb and this year was no exception. There were 236 of us, in the finish. And staggering number posted (and shared) every single day. You pushed yourselves out of your comfort zones and shared artwork and selfies, some even made videos! But what awed me even more was that you visited so many other posts and left insightful, supportive comments.

I was thinking this morning that if I had to describe the Reverb14 community in one word, it would be RESILIENT. I have been humbled, time and time again, learning of the paths that brought you here. But reading your raw and feisty words, I can't help but know that you are going to be OK. We are all going to be OK. And surely that means this crazy, beautiful, terrifying world we live in is going to be OK.

Thank you for giving me hope.

A huge shout-out to our magnificent guest bloggers: Max Daniels; Noel Rozny; Brad aka GeekinHard; Jen Allen; Kira Elliott; Amy Taylor-Kabbaz; Marianne Elliott; Amy of The Anxious Hippie; Tracy Brisson; Sophie Appleby; and Jen Lee. We were also very lucky to have been graced with Camille Condon's superb design skills in the form of a blog button and email banner.

I respect each and every one of these talented people enormously and cannot begin to express my gratitude for their generosity of spirit at such a busy time of year. I follow their blogs and twitter feeds and can honestly say that you will not regret doing the same.

Please stay in touch! Let me know what came up for you, your biggest findings, the gifts you'll carry into the new year. Come back in April for a check-in and recharge.

Know that, whatever happens, this tribe you have created will always be here for you.

And you are never alone.

Much love,
Kat x

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Reverb14 Day 21: ending with certainty



Today, I'd like you to revisit what you wrote on 1 December on the first day of Reverb14. 

How does that compare to where you are now i.e. what can you say today with certainty?

Then, without thinking too hard about it, grab a pen and some paper and finish the following sentences:


In 2015, I am open to...

In 2015, I want to feel...
In 2015, I will say no to...
In 2015, I will know I am on the right track when… But when I find myself veering off course, I will gently but firmly…
In December 2015, I want to look back and say...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such an incredible part of this Reverb journey. I’ll be back tomorrow with some bonus material but for now I’m inviting you to sit and marvel at all that you have achieved in 2014 and all the joy that awaits in 2015.

You are warmly invited to share your response in the linky below. Be sure to check out the other amazing responses while you're there! (Trust me, this is how the magic happens.)


This prompt is part of the Reverb14 reflective writing challenge. The full set of prompts can be viewed here once they are published.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Reverb14 Day 20: space for joy (with thanks to Jen Lee)


Today's prompt comes from the phenomenal Jen Lee (photo credit Bella Cirovic). Jen's superpower is harnessing her gifts to offer beautiful resources for the creative journey, usually in loving collaboration. The forthcoming The 10 Letters Project is no exception. 

Jen writes:

One thing I learned in 2014 was how to make space for joy and levity, even in the midst of challenging circumstances or sad times. 

How could you make space for joy in the year to come? How could you protect it?

Thank you Jen!

P.S. If you want to experience Jen's magic in the comfort of your own home, give yourself the gift of Indie Kindred for Christmas (you can thank me later!). 

You are warmly invited to share your response in the linky below. Be sure to check out the other amazing responses while you're there! (Trust me, this is how the magic happens.)


This prompt is part of the Reverb14 reflective writing challenge. The full set of prompts can be viewed here once they are published.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Reverb14 Day 19: signs and symbols


Sometimes I feel like an intrepid explorer through the lush, terrifying, vibrant jungle that is daily life. When I am open, I start to notice clues everywhere; clues which guide me to questions that, in turn, lead to answers. I sense the very real possibility that I am not navigating my way on my own

Recently I realised that I had been gravitating to hot pink. This realisation led me to a photo which, in turn, brought back some memories which then led me to understand something about a burden I'd been carrying for a long time. And in that discovery, I was freed.

Today, I invite you to consider: what sorts of signs and symbols have recurred for you in 2014? Think: repeating colours, shapes, people, sayings, music, images, ideas. Where could they possibly be leading you?

You are warmly invited to share your response in the linky below. Be sure to check out the other amazing responses while you're there! (Trust me, this is how the magic happens.)


This prompt is part of the Reverb14 reflective writing challenge. The full set of prompts can be viewed here once they are published.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Reverb14 Day 18: nourishment (with thanks to Sophie Appleby)



Today's prompt and image come from the gorgeous Sophie Appleby aka Her Library Adventures. Sophie is also the co-creator of Wilde Asher, a powerful collection of talismans handmade with her mum and sister. To soak in Sophie's world is to wander in the dusk picking fragrant gum leaves; savour afternoon tea of freshly baked bread and an exotic pot of tea; snuggle in front of the open fire with a crocheted blankie, journal and quill. 

Sophie writes:

In the busyness of the everyday, taking time to nourish the soul doesn't reach the top of the 'to do' list as often as it should. 

What nourishes your soul? How would you like to incorporate more of this into your life in 2015?

Thank you, Sophie!

You are warmly invited to share your response in the linky below. Be sure to check out the other amazing responses while you're there! (Trust me, this is how the magic happens.)


This prompt is part of the Reverb14 reflective writing challenge. The full set of prompts can be viewed here once they are published.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Reverb14 Day 17: don’t be an a**hole



Apologies for the slightly controversial subject line! I stole it with love (and kind permission) from my friend Summer Pierre’s absolutely brilliant comic of the same title.  

I love the way she realises how hard she has been on her ideas, and how little room she has given them to play, make mistakes and evolve.

How can you stop being an a**hole, get out of your own way and make room for more of your magic to happen in 2015?

You are warmly invited to share your response in the linky below. Be sure to check out the other amazing responses while you're there! (Trust me, this is how the magic happens.)


This prompt is part of the Reverb14 reflective writing challenge. The full set of prompts can be viewed here once they are published.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reverb14 Day 16: wonder (with thanks to Tracy Brisson)



Today's prompt and image come from the brilliant Tracy Brisson, founder of The Opportunities Project. Tracy is a feisty and fearless advocate for educational and employment opportunity, and alway seems to be wearing fabulous shoes.

Tracy writes:

Like many folks, I picture myself as a modern day Wonder Woman, trying to use my superpowers, to do lists and pure force to get what I want. In 2014, I found that my effort wasn’t often tied to my desired outcomes -- except when it was.

In 2015, is there something you’d like to try harder at because you believe it would make all the difference? 

Conversely, what is something you could stop trying so hard at that might actually help you manifest what you’d like?

Thank you, Tracy!

You are warmly invited to share your response in the linky below. Be sure to check out the other amazing responses while you're there! (Trust me, this is how the magic happens.)


This prompt is part of the Reverb14 reflective writing challenge. The full set of prompts can be viewed here once they are published.