If March 2011 were your last month to live, how would you live it?

Wow, tough one.


{image from lovely teaandbrie shop on Etsy, check it out!}

Here’s the highlights:

  • I would sleep as little as possible, but every four or five days I would have a delicious sleep in and stay in bed until I was ready to get out of it “catch-up” day.
  • I would get up and walk the beach early in the morning. I always want to do that but work or lack of sleep gets in the way.
  • I would eat whatever I wanted, and try all the restaurants that have been on my list for far too long.
  • I would go back to Paris, because it was the most magical few days of my life.
  • I would call old friends. The ones that you want to talk to and miss but you feel like it’s weird to just call them out of the blue.
  • Volunteer. I would make more time to give back.
  • Spend all the time I could with my favorite people, even if it’s just doing nothing. Sometimes those are the best times.
  • I wouldn’t want to quit my job. Or at least, not in that, “haha suckers I’m out of here” kind of way, because I love what I do. I’m so very fortunate to be able to say that. But you have to make time somewhere!

What would you do? Happy Friday!

A little gift arrived in my inbox yesterday – a February prompt from reverb10, the amazingly cool blogging collaboration that I *attempted* to participate in last year. I didn’t manage to respond to all of the prompts, but I made a good effort!

I say it was a gift because I didn’t have anything on the schedule for today’s blog, and I think it’s an excellent idea to revisit the goals and reflections of December and the New Year now that we’re one full month into 2011. So here it is!


{Found on Etsy, of course, by CreativeThursday}

THE PROMPT.

One month into 2011, what question(s) are you living? Are there any prompts/questions that arose during #reverb10 that are still resonating in your life? Are you living new questions?

THE RESPONSE.

I think I’ve had a pretty good idea for awhile now of the questions/issues I need to solve, and so far the themes from the end of 2010 are continuing into 2011.

I revisited my word for 2010, which was GROWTH. I hope that 2011 has the theme of growth too, but I also hope that there is a strong element of DISCOVERY.

  • Discovering how to be an entrepreneur who’s both in love with her work but also able to relax and step back from it all.  I missed that class somewhere.
  • Discovering the best way to handle all the yucky parts of business that I dislike so much: the taxes, the accounting, the receipts, insurance.
  • Finding my way with my passions and career and consequently my business, discovering the best ways of doing so.
  • Discovering new friends.  I have already made so many in this little blogging-business-Etsy-social media adventure I’ve embarked on that I just can’t wait to see who else is out there.
  • Discovering some time to take a European adventure.  {maybe?  We’ll see.}
  • Finding some inner peace.  I never stop thinking of new ideas and things I want to do.  Maybe I should start meditating?

Discovering whatever it is I need to discover.  Sounds dumb I know, but “dodeline” comes from the word “sway” for a reason – going with the flow has been the best decision I ever made, so we’ll see what the world has in store for me this year!

What about you? What do you hope your one word theme for the year will be when you reflect in December?

Happy weekend!

I found out about #reverb10 a little late in the game {yesterday}, but I’m going to do my darndest to catch up because this is an awesome initiative. So look for #reverb10 posts in the afternoons throughout the rest of December!

One word.

Growth. 2010 was all about growing and learning for me – my first official year as a “bona fide” grown up. Thankfully, I think I’m coming out the other side a stronger and more confident person. I feel much more sure of myself and what I want. I’ve thrown my year-by-year lifeplan out the window and am rolling with the punches now, and I think it’s so much better this way.

Writing.

As a kid, I wanted to be a writer. I have discovered that writing was really my manifestation of creativity at that age though – I have since become more of a visual artist and designer. However, I still dearly love to read and write, and I’m looking forward to 2011 to blogging and writing more.

Moment.

A soft ocean breeze tickles my nose. The night is so black I can’t see my hand in front of my face, and we’re the only two people in the crowd who were too carefree to bring a flashlight. I kind of like that; so unlike me. Tingling anticipation runs through the sea of people, but I’m calm and happy, arms wrapped around my favorite person in the world. All of a sudden the skies light up with compositions of light exploding in the stillness; the soft roar of the sea the only other sound beyond the “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” of the crowd. One of the few moments where I found time to just be.

Wonder.

Ha, didn’t have to. The economy and job market forced me to wonder every day for much of the year what I was going to do with myself. The map stopped: high school, college, job – well what if you can’t find a job? What then? …I wondered.

Let go.

It’s not official, but for the time being I’ve let go of my plans to be an interior designer. Life has lead me another way.

Make.

Ooohh, it thrills me to say this, but the last thing I made is a secret, and will be debuting in Charleston Weddings Spring 2011 magazine!

Community.

Etsy. Hands down. The handmade community has pulled me out of my no-job-induced-depression, dusted me off, and helped me make a different way for myself. I continue to meet new people every day, amazing, inspiring people, and I am eternally thankful for the community