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.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Reverb14 Day 15: do it anyway




As you may know, there are many fine reflective writing challenges on offer this time of year, some of which are also called Reverb.

A couple of days before launching my Reverb14, I noticed that a writer and photographer (whom I admire greatly) was about to launch a new program of her own. It was designed to encourage reflection on the year that’s passing. Logically, I could see how this would be the perfect supplement to the annual worksheets she produces that focus on manifesting brilliance in the new year.* 

But, of course, it wasn’t my logical mind that kicked in when I clapped eyes on her smart and pretty product.

It was the gremlins. Why would anyone want to join in my silly little thing when the other offerings are so amazing?

Of course, there was no question of backing out. I already had almost 100 sign-ups and eleven friends who’d gone to the trouble of writing some incredible prompts, just because I asked them.

But also: I’ve learnt over the years that the only way to get anywhere in life is just to notice what other people are doing, hear the gremlins, feel the fear and do it anyway. It never gets any easier but to keep on doing it is the point.

What are you really proud that you made happen in 2014, despite the gremlins? And what will you do anyway in 2015?

* Turns out, it’s a photography challenge! Just goes to show, best not to jump to conclusions, eh?

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.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Reverb14 Day 14: roots and anchors (with thanks to Amy of The Anxious Hippie)


Today's prompt and image come from Amy of The Anxious Hippie. It's been a privilege to get to know Amy through her online life and watch her step up to her gifts as a teacher (both of middle school English and yoga). I'm also indebted to her for her recipe for overnight oats!

Amy writes:

The idea of rooting down into your own personal beliefs and center of truth is an ongoing process, and many things can serve as anchors or roots as you move through life.

What rooted or anchored you in 2014?

And where do you want to put down roots in 2015?

Thank you Amy!

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.