It’s the first day of Reverb13, and I’ve been looking forward to this since Reverb12 ended. I’ve missed the introspection and the community that pops up around Reverb. I have forgotten, though, all of the chaos (my impression) around Reverb. I think I’ve signed up for two different Reverbs. I think that’s one of the nice things about Reverb – if one set of prompts doesn’t work for you, there’s another one out there – just go through it and and find what works for you.
So. The prompt from Kat McNally today is
How do you feel, on this first day, in your mind? In your body? In your heart? In your soul?
…and the prompt from The team at Project Reverb today is
At the start: Where did you start 2013? Give us some background on this year.
…and if you need even more inspiration than that, Besottment by Paper Relics has this offering for today
Did you try anything new in 2013?
So much to think about on this Sunday afternoon, when all I really want to be doing is getting the tree decorated so I can then finish the laundry and work on my lesson plans before packing my bag and heading north for the week.
I think that means that today, right here, right now at the beginning, I am feeling a little overwhelmed and anxious. This holiday week is over, and I didn’t get all of the things done that I meant to, which puts quite a bit of pressure on this afternoon. I could have done quite a bit more this morning, but I’ve enjoyed participating in the Kickin’ It Old Skool Blogathon. In a week that has been difficult and stressful, I think that was probably what I needed to do.
I put together my blogging calendar for the month of December, and I’ve apparently committed myself to quite a bit while at the same time trying to get myself and my family ready for the holidays. I’m not sure what I was thinking, and that too makes me a little anxious, but seeing it all laid out on a day-by-day basis makes it easier to swallow. I can see where I can get things taken care of in advance, and that’s exactly what I’m going to work on doing this afternoon, in between decorating the tree. laundry, cooking, and working on my lesson plans.
All of which is somewhat full circle. The year started stressfully and not quite knowing how I was going to get through it. Everything has worked out well in the end, though. 2013 has been about change and stretching myself in ways that I wasn’t sure I was going to appreciate or that would ultimately be good for me. There have been many points during this last year that I’ve had to remind myself that if it’s not OK, it’s not the end. While I’m still not exactly where I want to be, I think I’m getting closer. I am certainly more at peace because I don’t have the overwhelming stress that I did at the beginning of 2013. It’s a different kind of stress to be sure, but it’s not the same.
How about you? How are you feeling today? Where did you start 2013?