Posts in Reverb 2016

#reverb16 / Day 31 / Hope

December 31st, 2016 Posted by Lexicon, Reverb 2016, Reverb and Reflect, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “#reverb16 / Day 31 / Hope”

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Prompt for Day 31:

Hope. What are you hopeful for in the new year?

Hope. I’ve been thinking a lot about hope lately. If I don’t have hope, then…what do I have?

And I don’t mean wishful thinking. And I don’t mean blind faith.

But hope is something I can get behind.

Hope means wanting something to happen or the expectation or desire for something to happen. I do have desires and things I hope happen.

It means wanting more or maybe less. It means dreaming for better. Ambitions, goals, plans manifesting.

Hope is a noun and a verb. A thing and an action. Hope, in action. I like that.

Cheers to 2017!

#reverb16 / Day 30 / Undone

December 30th, 2016 Posted by Lexicon, Reverb 2016, Reverb and Reflect, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “#reverb16 / Day 30 / Undone”

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Prompt for Day 30:

What did you leave undone?  Do you intend to try again in 2017 or let it go?

I don’t love to leave things undone. But I also don’t like to force myself to do things that just don’t work.

I’ve spent hours and days and years where I kept putting round pegs into square holes. And I did that again and again and again. And wondered why I wasn’t getting anywhere.

So sometimes it is best to leave things undone. Maybe it’s not the right time. Maybe I’ll pick them up again. Or I won’t. Or they will morph into something even bigger, better, and brighter.

#reverb16 / Day 29 / Habits

December 29th, 2016 Posted by Lexicon, Reverb 2016, Reverb and Reflect, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “#reverb16 / Day 29 / Habits”

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Prompt for Day 29:

Habits.  Tell us one habit you would really like to undo in the new year – what is your strategy?  Will you replace it with a good habit instead?

I’m an Upholder, and I LOVE habits. I love thinking about habits, creating new habits, dissecting habits, using habits to get the most out of my time.

So there are the good habits. The exercise habit, the healthy eating habit, the writing habit, the creative habits.

And the not-so-good habits. The negative self talk habit. The perfectionism habit. The letting my inner critic rule my life habit.

I’ve spent the better part of my life working to get rid of those bad ones, recognizing those sneaky bad mental health habits. After lots of personal work, I’m learning to recognize when I’m falling back into those bad self-talk habits and replace them with self-acceptance habits.

The biggest ah ha moment for me this year was when I realized why I felt I had so much more time even though I had more responsibilities that I’ve ever had.

It’s because I don’t allow the negative self-talk habits into my mind.

And therefore freed up so much mental space.

And when I wasn’t using that mental space to treat myself poorly, I could use it to do all the things.

#reverb16 / Day 28 / Resolutions

December 28th, 2016 Posted by Lexicon, Reverb 2016, Reverb and Reflect, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “#reverb16 / Day 28 / Resolutions”

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Prompt for Day 28:

Resolutions.  We don’t all make new year’s resolutions.  If you are making them, what is your biggest priority?  If you aren’t, tell us why – what is your experience or opinion on resolutions?

I’m still in the process of defining how I want to build my 2017. But I have been thinking a lot about goals vs. expectations vs. outcomes.

I’m an Upholder, so I love setting goals, and I can work towards them without much fuss. I don’t need external accountability. But I do have time constraints (like all people do). So I can’t set 1 trillion goals. Because no one has time for that.

So I’m thinking about how I can set realistic and achievable goals and how to create a love for the process, e.g. the whole point!

#reverb16 / Day 27 / Gifts

December 27th, 2016 Posted by Lexicon, Reverb 2016, Reverb and Reflect, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “#reverb16 / Day 27 / Gifts”

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Prompt for Day 27:

Gifts.  Sometimes we get gifts that we don’t want or need.  Are you honest with the person who gave it to you?  Or do your gift givers follow a tried-and-true wish list?  If you’re returning a gift this season, what is it and why?

I always get what I want. Because I ask for it.

I’ve learned that wanting other people to be mind readers is a set up for failure. Instead, I ask for what I want.

Since very early on in our relationship, I’ve been specific with Dan about what I want. Very, very specific. Throughout the year I send him emails with links to various things. I including the size, the color. And always a helpful and searchable subject line. “Sarah gift ideas birthday/Christmas.” I even send coupon codes.

I guess some might say that that’s not romantic. Or it kills the fun. Well. Not for me. For me, I find it most fun when people around me aren’t stressing over gifts. And I find it fun when I get what I want. I love a good win-win situation. And picking out my own gifts and relieving the stress of the gift giver?

That’s a win-win.

#reverb16 / Day 26 / Boxing Day

December 26th, 2016 Posted by Lexicon, Reverb 2016, Reverb and Reflect, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “#reverb16 / Day 26 / Boxing Day”

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Prompt for Day 26:

Boxing Day.  What does this holiday even mean?  I think Harry Potter does it.  But how do we unwind after the holiday?

After Christmas I’m eager to take all the decorations down. It was fun while it lasted. But after Christmas, I’m eager to clean the slate, get a fresh start. And that involved clearing out the Christmas decor and getting my house back to normal.

Even as a kid, I found the holiday aftermath tough. So many built up expectations, a different schedule, fun activities, anticipated gifts. And then… It’s over.

That mix of wanting to savor and ready for it all to be over. That, for me, is the tough part of the holidays.

#reverb16 / Day 25 / 1,000 Words

December 25th, 2016 Posted by Lexicon, Reverb 2016, Reverb and Reflect, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “#reverb16 / Day 25 / 1,000 Words”

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Prompt for Day 25:

[IG CHALLENGE] A picture is worth 1,000 words.  Show us one picture that sums up your day, your family, what you are thankful for, what is important to you.

#reverb16 / Day 24 / Traditions

December 24th, 2016 Posted by Lexicon, Reverb 2016, Reverb and Reflect, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “#reverb16 / Day 24 / Traditions”

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Prompt for Day 24:

[IG CHALLENGE] It’s Christmas Eve, and Hanukkah starts tonight.  Show us a photo of your favorite family traditions, decorations, or a special moment from the day if you celebrate.

All of us live here. So my favorite tradition is something we do year round. We all get together to celebrate these special occasions. No choosing who to be with. We just choose to be together.

#reverb16 / Day 23 / Preparations

December 23rd, 2016 Posted by Lexicon, Reverb 2016, Reverb and Reflect, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “#reverb16 / Day 23 / Preparations”

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Prompt for Day 23:

Preparations.  Do you like to prepare waaaay in advance, and be prepared for every scenario?  Or do you just do things on the fly by the seat of your pants?

Flying by the seat of my pants is my LEAST favorite way to go about life. But it’s exactly the way I have to go through life. At least at this stage.

I’m an ENFJ – strong emphasis on the J. I’d prefer to have everything nailed down and figured out. Well in advance. But with the type of work I do and the type of life I have in this moment, nailing anything down is an exercise in futility.

Instead of nailing things down, I go with a set and adjust method. While it’s definitely not my preference, I accept that my days won’t ever go quite as planned. Really, I doubt anyone gets that privileged, to have their life go just as expected.

#reverb16 / Day 22 / Party

December 22nd, 2016 Posted by Lexicon, Reverb 2016, Reverb and Reflect, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “#reverb16 / Day 22 / Party”

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Prompt for Day 22:

Party Gone Wrong. Share your bad Christmas party stories with us.

Hmm…I’m trying to remember the last time I went to a holiday party.

Maybe 2010?

I’ve had toddlers at Christmas for the past several years running. And toddlers are the worst kind of people. Especially my toddlers.

I don’t like the holidays with toddlers. So. Many. Things. To. Touch.

The last holiday party I remember, Kate was a toddler. It was my in-laws holiday party. And she dismantled several holiday displays, including my mother-in-law’s nativity scene. She threw the baby Jesus down the basement stairs.

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