Reverb 10, Day 1: One Word

Over the month of December, I am taking part in Reverb 10. It is the brainchild of Gwen Bell, Kaileen Elise, and Cali Harris, an " online initiative that encourages participants to reflect on this year and manifest what's next. It's an opportunity to retreat and consider the reverberations of your year past, and those that you'd like to create in the year ahead."

There are daily prompts to guide you through December and into the next year, and today's prompt from Gwen Bell is this:
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?
What is my 2010 in one word? Contemplation.

Bella, the brittney spaniel

When I use the word contemplation, I do not mean that my last year was roundly calm and thoughtful and passive. What I do mean is that much of the action of my last year happened up inside my head. I have battled addiction, worked through some of my fear of public speaking, thought through and re-thought through the background work of the Canadian Weblog Awards, and performed an autopsy on my old understanding of professional life.

My one-word dream for 2011? Movement.

Aidan and Bella

Although I do feel that I have accomplished quite a bit through my brainwork this year, and quite a bit of that has found its way into the outside world, I am going to do more visible work over the coming year. As much as I am an artist and a writer who is quite comfortable living up inside my head, I have a practical side that needs to see the fruits of its labours birthed into the world.

Contemplation and Movement. It feels like a good, deep breath and a foot forward.


PS.  Are you ready to contemplate on 2010 and move forward in 2011? Join me and participate in Reverb 10!

PPS.  I'm supporting The Fresh Air Fund throughout the month of December. I've put a button in my sidebar and this little banner here, because I had ready access to experience forests and farms and the like during my childhood, and those experiences changed my life and my heart. A lot of kids don't get that kind of opportunity without an organization like The Fresh Air Fund. You can sign up your own child, host a child, or donate to change a life.

PPPS.  I have a new photo up on Phoneography: The Palinode On Broadway.

PPPPS.  Aiming Low relaunched today after an extended hiatus, and it is rockin'. Also, I write there once a week now, so show it some love.

The Palinode On Broadway

Me at Aiming Low: How To Fix A Repulsively Stained Toilet Seat When You’re Too Lazy To Leave The House