From Kat McNally, we have a prompt from Tracy Brisson:
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?
I think easily – the thing that I’d like to try harder at is this space. I know it will make a difference for me to spend more focused time on creating content that is engaging for others and has a wider appeal. There’s a lot I need to know and do – research that needs to happen, things I need to implement, practice I need to make better use of.
I’ve been writing online for 13 years now. It feels like I’m to a point where either I’m going to really make something of this space or it needs to go away. I want something tangible for the work that I put in.
All of that means getting serious – figuring out what I really want this place to be and how I want to it to function – what do I want to write about? What pictures do I want to display? How do I make this thing work with the rest of my life? And then how do I best attack all of it?
From Project Reverb, we have this:
1000 Words: There’s the old saying that a photo is worth 1,000 words. Give us a photo with that impact that sums up some significant event of your 2014, or give us 1,000 words about a pivotal moment in 2014.
It’s not the best picture of Sweet Husband. but this is everything in my life that matters to me. Sweet Husband and 2/3s of the Desserts joined me on the front porch while I was writing one early fall morning. In 2015, I want more time for this because right there with them is where I belong.
Reverb 14 -Day 13
Because I didn’t write last week at all, I’m getting caught up this week.
From Kat McNally, we have the following from Marianne Elliot for Day 13:
Step one: set the timer for 5 minutes and write down as many answers as you can think of to the question: ‘When and how was I brave in 2014?’ Note: remember the private, intimate and small ways in which you were brave as well as the big public ways.
Step two: Choose one of more of those moments of bravery and write a letter yourself back at the
beginning of 2014, letting you know how brave you are going to be that year.
Step three: Write yourself a short reminder to tuck into your wallet or post above your desk of just how brave you can and will be in 2015.
This is much more difficult it probably should be. I don’t think I’m a very brave person. I’ve talked about it several times but I find that mot days getting out of bed and facing the world is an act of bravery for me. I think, though, sharing my photography and getting braver with that – identifying myself not only as a writer but as a photographer is the biggest on that list.
It’s the beginning of the year, and I know that you have all sorts of plans for where you want to see your year go – the things that you want to do, the things you want to have happen. You have BIG plans.
Here’s the thing that I want you to remember during the course of this year: You have just as much of a right to be there as any one else. You have a right to ask questions and to learn. You have a right to offer your opinion and put your work out there.
Don’t be afraid to take risks with your photography. Put it out there. Let people see it. If you really want to get better, to be the best you are capable of, you’re going to have to put yourself out there. BE BRAVE. Everyone starts someone, and you have deserve to be here (or there)…just like everyone else.
Don’t be scared. It’s going to be OK. I promise.
From Project Reverb, we have the following:
On writing: Chances are, if you’re participating in #reverb it’s because you like writing. Or at least want to like writing. Writing is like a muscle. Use it or lose it. What do you do every day to hone your craft? Or, what would you like to do each day to contribute to your writing?
Fortunately for me, this one is easy-peasy to answer. Almost every day I write. I get up at ungodly hours in the morning so I can spend time writing. My Morning Pages routine has stretched out considerably to include writing not just 3 pages but more often 4-5-6 pages. I’m filling a large moleskine, on average about every 50 days or so.
I also try to put something out here on the blog each day – forcing myself to think about a topic and do some honing of it. There are times when I wish there was more honing, but it is what it is.
As for the things that I would like to do each day to contribute to my writing, that is easy too – I’d like to have more time to read and think and respond. I steal hours when I can, and most of that precious time is taken up by writing. I wish I had a few hours each day to devote to reading. I’m trying to figure out how to arrange my schedule so I can make that happen in 2015.