Reverb10 catch up mega post

Isn’t it funny how your feelings about something can change so rapidly, although I cannot deny that this hasn’t happened before. I recall with embarrassment my enthusiasm for a Christmas of handmade gifts waning just as rapidly the Christmas before last. So in an effort to catch up on reverb I’m going to limit my responses to a single paragraph per prompt which absolutely no excuses.

December 16 – Friendship.

How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst?

A colleague at work has become a cherished friend this year because of her straight speaking, no nonsense, straight down the line brilliant advice. She has a very strong sense of black and white morality which isn’t always in line with mine but her views are always invaluable in providing me with a fully rounded plan of action for proceeding forward.

December 17 – Lesson Learned.

What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?

I learnt about some recurring patterns of behaviour this year that has been incredibly illuminating and I think that simply being aware of how you are behaving is the biggest step to changing behaviour.

December 18 – Try.

What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it?

Blogging would be the easy answer to that but I would also like to craft enough lovelies for a craft stall in 2011. And after a single skiing lesson in November I am incredibly excited about trying it a great deal more next year.

December 19 – Healing.

What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2011?

I had a mole removed in February and the healing process did not go to plan at all. The wonderful nurses of the NHS healed me with some bright pink liquid and a plaster. It took about 4 weeks and I was so grateful for their work on me.

December 20 – Beyond Avoidance.

What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?)

I should have got a job in London but I was scared that it would be hard because of the economic climate so I put it off because its easier to tell friends that you’ve not got a job because I haven’t applied for any than because I didn’t get any interviews. I absolutely will apply in the New Year, the situation necessitates it!

December 21 – Future Self.

Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?)

Get on with it, do not hold back on acting while you work out the bigger plan or the finer details, you can work them out as you go along. This is the same advice I would offer myself 10 years ago too. I’m a procrastinator what can I say!

December 22 – Travel

How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year?

This year I travelled in my car a lot, I’ll have reached 15,000 miles on my car by the start of 2011. I travelled abroad, to Paris, to Madrid and to Florida. I travelled around England seeing the Lake District and a bit more of Yorkshire. In 2011 I would like to take public transport over the car and travel on foot a whole heap more. I hope to travel around London to make the most of this new home of mine.

Braid Wednesday

Today's braid is again accompanied by my holly headband made using Elycia's brilliant tutorial.
See how happy I am with it!

Braid Wednesday

Today's braid is accompanied by a holly headband I created following Elycia's brilliant video tutorial.

I found the tutorial via the excellent Scissor Quirk blog party.

Reverb10: Day15

2010 summarised in 5 minutes

2010 was a year of some excellent holidays. This was the year of Paris, Madrid and Florida.

I had some really happy times with friends this year, which was definitely helped by moving to London to be nearer to most of them. Notable events include Sunday Club, Caroline visiting, Matt's BBQ and the start of what I hope is a Come Dine With Me tradition. 4 of my friends made the huge jump and bought houses which sent the rest of us into an emotional tailspin.

2010 was the year I learnt to crochet and also the year I got my first tattoo and a couple more piercings.

This was the year of freak weather with large snowfalls in February and December but no summer.

At work I got a promotion by simply moving desks and I completed 2 big training courses. I am now working part time.

I moved house twice which sucked.

I got back together with the boy which rocks!

Reverb10: Day 14

Here's me putting on my beloved holly headband at my Christmas party last night:

December 14 – Appreciate

What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?

(Author: Victoria Klein)

My greatest appreciation this year has been for the boy. We first met at University and were together for the duration. But come graduation it was a struggle to know what to do next and where to live. We made the decision to part so we could both move back home to different parts of the country. We've remained best friends since, we've lived together and been on some fantastic holidays. I've dated other boys and none have compared to him and this year we got back together. He is fantastic and I love him lots and lots. I probably don't express my gratitude often enough so this post is for him.

Reverb10: Day 13

December 13 – Action

When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step?

(Author: Scott Belsky)

I love the concept of reverb10 and want to throw myself into it whole heartedly. When it started I could see how some deep introspection into the past year could lead to meaningful goals for the next. However the prompts are not ordered in this way. I wasn't expecting to set something that looked like resolutions so early as December 11 and now I'm setting my next actions? I'm not prepared for this!!!

Wait...I have been planning for Project Lorna for the upcoming year because I would like to blog in a less haphazard manner. My next actions are to plan posts in advance and to get some regular features going. I've already discussed some of my ideas here and here.

Cohesive you?

... adhesive glue is far more up my street!

When I signed up for reverb10, I was expecting prompts like the best of 2009 prompts. Short and sweet to build up a picture of the past year. This year's prompts are far more deep and in some cases barely even make sense. Day 2's prompt about writing threw me as I'm not what I would consider "a writer" and today's prompt made me laugh out loud:

December 12 – Body Integration

This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present?

(Author: Patrick Reynolds)

What? When was I ever not cohesive. My head has always been attached to my body. And whilst I'm not normally the kind of person to shirk the opportunity to talk about that time I thought I'd died during Bikram yoga, this kind of prompt really isn't my bag.

As I've spent the day making a papier mache replica of the football world cup for the boy's fancy dress costume, I had glue on my mind. The rebel in me is itching to start turning around the reverb posts into something funnier. Would that be wrong?

Reverb10: Day 11

December 11 – 11 Things

What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life?

(Author: Sam Davidson)

I did not know where to start with this at all. I gave up on giving things up a long time ago. I do not have an addictive personality at all, I'm not even addicted to caffeine. Chocolate has a certain hold over me but even that can be given up if needed (do not quote me on that). And I prefer the method of substituting one thing for another rather than giving something up completely as it has a much higher success rate.

I was thinking of cheating and changing the prompt to 11 things I wanted to improve in 2011 because I don't want to commit to something here that I know will have fallen by the wayside by February. For example, I could choose my biggest vice: procrastination. But I know that I will procrastinate on giving it up!

I want to do each and every reverb10 prompt properly so I am deferring this until later in the month when I can do it properly and commit to something achievable in the coming year. Is that cheating too?

Reverb10: Day 10

December 10 – Wisdom

Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out?

(Author: Susannah Conway)

My wisest decision this year? Doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that I am going to say moving to London. When I was living and working in Huddersfield I didn't have any reason to live in any particular place except for proximity to my work. My family and friends all lived elsewhere and I realised how sad it was to live somewhere just for work. And although I like my job, it is just a job. Its not my calling or me making a living doing something I love.

Its not been completely plain sailing and now I do need to sort out my employment because friends don't pay my bills! But moving to London has brought me closer to the people that matter to me and that sounds to me like the wisest decision I have ever made.

Reverb 10 day 9

December 9 – Party

Prompt: Party. What social gathering rocked your socks off in 2010? Describe the people, music, food, drink, clothes, shenanigans.

(Author: Shauna Reid)

I wouldn't describe myself as a huge party person but 2010 has seen the start of something very exciting for me: the dinner party.

Moving to London has brought me in close proximity to most of my friends and in November I invited a select few round for a home cooked Indian feast. It was an idea I had and voiced whilst under the influence but I'm a big fan of following through on drunken ideas.

I cooked for 7 people which is our current capacity due to seating limitations and 4 more people than my previous personal best.

I prepped virtually everything in advance which freed me up to dye my bff's hair before the event and to play hostess during the night. Tha party couldn't have gone any better, I had an absolute ball and I cannot wait to have them all round again in 2011. Next time though, I promise to take pictures!

Reverb Day 8 Prompt

I'm sooooo far behind in my reverb prompts. My excuse for this day's prompt being so late is that upon arriving in London I was forced to bake a giant cupcake:

My first effort so not entirely perfect. For example, I shouldn't have iced the bottom bit as it turns it from cupcake to bombe! However, it was delicious:

December 8 – Beautifully Different.

Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful.

(Author: Karen Walrond)

In some ways I think that the idea that we are all unique and special snowflakes is fallacious. If anything, the internet has served to prove that no matter how obscure your likes and dislikes, hobbies or Mastermind specialist subject there is a community of fellow enthusiasts in a corner of the web for you to hang out in.

Some things don't even need the internet. This June I took up crochet and I ordered a few books to get me started. They were delivered to my office and I left them on my desk. I was amazed at the number of people in my relatively small office that were avid crocheters, we could easily set up a club.

Before the dawn of the internet I probably did feel a lot more unique, and amongst my colleagues, associates, friends and family I still do stand out. Not in a bull in a China shop way (although this is technically a mixed metaphor) but in a memorable kind of way. The exact cause of this remains unknown to me, which is probably for the best because once something natural is pointed out it ceases to be natural and the magic gets lost forever.

However, I do know that I have some traits that differentiate me and lights people up.

When I tell a story it takes me a ridiculously long time (don't believe me - how long is this post? No wonder its so late!) and ends up being hilarious for its tangents and my perseverance to keep steering it back to my eventual point.

I'm also an awesome problem solver. My brain computes things slightly differently I'm sure and it means I often come up with workarounds, fixes and ideas that other people don't. This mindset is linked to my "I can do that without any kind of formal tuition" approach to pretty much anything but knitting. From sewing to hairdressing, I'm fairly confident that I can do something after seeing either the finished product or part of the process of making something. When I occasionally read 'how to' posts on sewing sites I realise that some of my workarounds are really out of the box and not always the simplest method but I'm pretty impressed with myself for getting the job done.

Braid Wednesday - GwilDog edition

Today's efforts at Braid Wednesday pictures were rudely interrupted by the inevitability of the ageing process. Scroll down to see what I'm talking about.

So I improvised. Here is Gwilym sporting a French braid of sorts secured with a black bow clip.

Please excuse the blurriness of the shots, I had 20 seconds to capture the magic before a GwilShake undid the braid!

If you are wondering why Gwil is sporting the braid instead of me, something was ruining my shots of today's braid: