Today’s #reverb13 prompt from Kat McNally is
Today’s prompt and image come from the inimitableSummer Pierre, whose book The Artist in the Office continues to be one of my all-time favourites. (Seriously, this book needs to go on your holiday reading list… NOW!) Summer’s quirky illustrations and soulful blog posts never fail to illuminate my day. To be honest, I’m still pinching myself she said yes to a guest post!
What went right in 2013?
Maybe you didn’t quit smoking or lose those pounds or go to Paris, but something did work, did happen, and/or was realized. What was it?
…and from Project Reverb gives us
Did you go on an adventure in 2013? What sort?
Perhaps it is cheezy to say this, but the thing that consistently went right in my life this year is my marriage. I waited a very long time to get married, and I’m determined that this marriage is something that is critically important to me. I didn’t wait this long to have it be something that I don’t value and don’t make an effort to sustain. Both Sweet Husband and I protect our marriage – we try to surround ourselves with others who are in strong marriages, we are honest with each other, we make time for each other, we work together to accomplish goals. It isn’t always easy, and often Sweet Husband has to give me a little nudge to remind me that it’s not just me on this journey (almost 2 decades on your own might make you a little predisposed to selfishness. Maybe).
The support from our families is another thing that has gone right. In moments of difficulty, they were right there for us, and we never had to worry that there was a moment when we were in this alone.
Being back in the classroom is a moment of rightness.
Getting our finances in order has been right.
Establishing my writing practice has been right.
As far as adventures? There have been a few, although nothing truly spectacular, I don’t think. I went on a road trip with a girlfriend to Tupelo for the Elvis festival and to visit the Buffalo Park. There have been several trips to New Orleans. A couple of trips to the beach. Time with family. An excursion to the Bogalusa Blues and Heritage Festival with my mother-in-law. A cross-country trip (although I suppose that’s not really much of an adventure anymore as I’ve made that trip countless times).
The real truth is that during the first half of the year, I worked way too much and was too stressed out for many adventures. Now that life is easier, we are working to overcome the obstacles of time and fatigue.
There are adventures planned, though. On the 20th, we’ll be heading to Tupelo for a concert – the whole family: Sweet Husband’s parents, the Sner, Sweet Husband, me. Then the Sner and I are headed to Missouri. When we get home, there will be time with family and perhaps a trip to New Orleans. It’s looking like we’ll spend New Year’s Eve in the Crescent City. And perhaps there will be a trip for a Mississippi State bowl game. Birmingham, perhaps?
…and perhaps best of all, Sweet Husband and I are planning an epic summer road trip. Because we are both teachers, we both have some time to travel. We’re thinking about visiting friends and family in Texas before heading to the Grand Canyon and then to California to visit more friends and family. Then on back across the country, stopping in Reno to see the Sner, Colorado to see Shannie, heading to Yellowstone, perhaps. Back down through Missouri. Maybe catching some baseball games. Just the planning is wonderful, and I’m excited!