I decided I wanted to play along, and since I like Hope Karney's journaling style so much, I used her prompts to create a Reverb 2013 journal.
Creating the journal was fun. I papered old book covers and made my 31 pages (one for each day of December) out of a lot of bits and pieces I had on hand.
For example, for Dec 3, I used this photo of three girls. Since there wasn't room to write on the photo, I just added an index card as a page behind the picture.
A lot of the pages were bits and pieces I had already put together for other projects but ended up not using. For example, this bingo card was part of something I made for the Birdsong art event, but ended up not using.
This was a piece of tissue paper that I've had for I don't even know how long, but I had to keep it until I found a place to use it. This journal was the perfect place.
At first, I tried to find a different font or image for each day of the month. For example, this was Dec 6.
But I didn't want a lack of fonts to keep me from getting started, so for some pages I just wrote the date. I can always go back later and replace it with something a little fancier.
I had most of my pages in place and was ready to start journaling on Dec 1, the day of the first prompt. I even had a brand new pen!
The first prompt: Did you try anything new in 2013?
...I really put some thought into this, but honestly, I don't remember. I'm sure I must have tried something, probably several things, but I just can't put my finger on anything.
Second prompt: What was the most memorable gathering you attended (or held) in 2013?
Again, I don't really remember. Did I even attend any gatherings?
After a few more days of fumbling for answers to the daily prompts, I decided that I am either a socially inept boring loser, or else I just don't remember things the way I used to.
I'm choosing to go with the latter, which brings me to the idea of a word for the year. I'd never heard of picking a word for the year until I read blogs. Some people pick words like "courage", "truth", or "persevere" - words they'll use to guide their actions and choices through the year.
I never thought I needed a word, or I'd use a word- but my experience with the December reverb has made me decide my word for 2014 is going to be "mindfulness"- meaning I want to be aware of how I spend my time. Not just so I can write things down at the end of the year, but so I can make sure I do keep trying new things, and I do attend gatherings and social events.
My life is pretty simple, uncomplicated and comfortable. It's really easy for me to spend most of my days in more or less the same way. Some accounting, a few auctions and estate sales, a little time in my booth, some crafting and then I start all over again.
For me mindfulness is going to be an antidote to complacency. Not that there's anything wrong with complacency, but I think with a little effort I can do better.
My blog posts don't usually have so many words and so few pictures, because I'm rarely this retrospective, but sometimes putting it down in writing does help clarify what you're thinking, and I guess that's what this blog post is about.
Oops...mindfulness only has one "l".